Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffle Pie is pure indulgence. And what better time to treat yourself to a nutty dessert than on Fat Tuesday, the day before the Lent season begins and than the last day of the Carnival season. But don’t feel too guilty because everytime you use peanuts in recipes you are supporting a Florida farmer. Peanuts are the 12th most valuable cash crop grown in the United States with a farm value of over $1 billion dollars. Seven states account for almost all peanuts grown in the U.S. Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Mississippi grow the major proportion of all peanuts followed by Texas, North Carolina, Virginia, and Oklahoma.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffle Pie
Makes 10 servings
1 box Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on package
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Peanut butter filling:
1 cup whipping cream
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1 tablespoon shortening
2 tablespoons chopped salted peanuts
1. Heat oven to 450F. Bake pie crust as directed on box for one-crust baked shell, using 9-inch glass pie plate. Cool completely on cooling rack, about 15 minutes.
2. In 2-quart saucepan, heat 1/2 cup whipping cream over medium-high heat until hot. Remove from heat; stir in 1 cup chocolate chips and the vanilla until smooth. Spread truffle filling in bottom of baked crust. Freeze 15 minutes.
3. In medium bowl, beat 1 cup whipping cream with electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form, set aside. In another medium bowl, beat cream cheese, peanut butter and powdered sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth; fold in whipped cream. Carefully spread over truffle filling. Refrigerate until set, about 2 hours.
4. In small microwavable bowl, microwave 1/4 cup chocolate chips and the shortening uncovered on High 30-60 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds, until melted. Drizzle chocolate over pie; sprinkle with peanuts. Cut into wedges to serve. Cover and refrigerate any remaining pie.