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Chocolate Peanut Butter Birthday Pie

Peanut+butter+pie

Although I ate a ton this weekend, I didn’t actually cook any of it. For real.

(So then why is my kitchen still a total disaster?)

It’s not that the kitchen sat empty – Mike used it. He made me a peanut butter pie.

A month or so ago I stumbled across this, and emailed a few people who I knew may be on birthday cake duty with the subject line: I want this for my birthday. And so he made it.

I know – first meat hand, now peanut butter pie. Will the romance ever end? Give me coffee in bed and peanut butter pie over roses and diamonds any day.


And it was delicious, even. Ringed with salted peanuts he crushed in the mortar & pestle and carefully topped with chocolate curls Sue (who flew in from BC) and I could hear him struggling with from the other room. This is all that was left this morning – my mom and dad bickered over how much had been left and how teeny a sliver each had had from the already miniscule leftover wedge.

My parents had a small roomful of some of my favourite people over to -what else?- eat. The theme was duct tape. (If you look closely, A -above- is wearing a duct tape portrait of John Cusack. That girl knows how to accessorize.) My mom and sisters made Guinness pie, and a sweet, sticky, clove-y roast ham my sister makes once in awhile, surrounded by quartered Bosc pears and cranberries that wind up roasting in the ham juices, and scalloped potatoes, and a big salad, and there was another salad of teeny multicoloured tomatoes that my 20 year old nephew made. And spiced pecans, nachos and guacamole and soft apricots and sage leaves wrapped in bacon and broiled.

And now, closing in on 11 again, buzzing on mini Wonderbars while fading fast, still having not caught up on sleep (it seems even the knowledge of a parent’s birthday does not prevent 5 year olds from waking up on Saturday mornings when it’s still dark – and in fact is further encouragement to be even more pokey-in-the-face than usual) I’m drawing a blank on what else to tell you about it all. And I’m determined not to start this week with a severe sleep deficit. So I’ll pull a To Be Continued. (Although we all know I’ll more than likely go off on some other tangent next time I’m here.)

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38 comments on “Chocolate Peanut Butter Birthday Pie

  1. Kathy - Panini Happy
    October 31, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    You gotta love a man who’s willing to break out the mortar & pestle in the name of pie! It looks positively fantastic as well as the rest of the dinner spread. Happy birthday to you!

  2. Merry120
    October 31, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Mmmm….that pie looks heavenly. Glad to hear you had a great birthday!

  3. Aussie Farm Princess
    November 1, 2010 at 3:54 am

    I am so glad such a special lady felt special on her birthday :+) LOVE the birthday cake!! Thank you for brightening my days often with your blog Julie.

  4. Jennifer Jo
    November 1, 2010 at 4:58 am

    Happy birthday, Julie! Sounds like it was a humdinger!

  5. Deb
    November 1, 2010 at 6:50 am

    Hope you had a wonderful birthday Julie. One of my kids will love that pie for his birthday too — will finally be able to replace the oreo cookie, strawberry icecream one he say on a magazine cover 20 years ago, and has asked for most years since!

  6. Tanya
    November 1, 2010 at 7:23 am

    Oh WOW … can’t stop looking at the pie pic … oh WOW … must make this sometime.

    Tanya

  7. Cathy N in Inglewood Calgary
    November 1, 2010 at 7:47 am

    What a guy! The pie looks fantastic and I’m sure tasted even better :-) The ultimate peanut butter ball!! Glad you had such a lovely birthday celebration surrounded with family…

  8. CathyD
    November 1, 2010 at 8:35 am

    I have one complaint about the party on Saturday night: B cannot stop talking about the ham or the guiness pie. Now I must make both ASAP :)

  9. Vincci
    November 1, 2010 at 10:01 am

    You lucky lady! Happy birthday yet again!

  10. Sharon
    November 1, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Could we clone this guy?

    That pie…!

  11. Erica B.
    November 1, 2010 at 10:18 am

    D’you think M could give T some lessons? Coffee in bed and pie?! Bravo Mike!(*pssst* score bonus points by cleaning up too next time hehehe)

    Sounds like a fantastic weekend! If it weren’t for all the candy in the house I’d go make this pie today. :)

  12. Deborah
    November 1, 2010 at 10:21 am

    I second Erica B! I think most hubbies need lessons!

    Mine certainly does.

  13. megan @ whatmegansmaking
    November 1, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    That pie looks incredible! I want to make it as soon as possible :)

  14. Robyn
    November 1, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    chocolate and peanut butter are the cornerstone of any great birthday celebration!

  15. molly
    November 1, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By which I mean, I plan to make this at the next opportunity.

  16. Jan (Family Bites)
    November 1, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Happy Birthday, Julie! It looks like you had a fabulous feast.

  17. Cheryl
    November 1, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Sounds like a heavenly birthday, surrounded by people who love you. And love what you do but still reward you. Happy Birthday and have a fantastic time on your trip.

  18. wanda
    November 1, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    Happy Birthday Julie! The pie looks wonderful. Two of my favorite things put together.

  19. Rambles with Reese
    November 2, 2010 at 3:27 am

    The last one looks absolutely delicious.

    p.s. Happy Birthday Julie!!!! Hope it was a good one!

  20. natalie - ga
    November 2, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Hope you had a wonderful birthday! We had your coconut cilantro pork rack tonight. We all loved it.

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