peanut butter cream cheese pie – my love language

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My love language is food. What’s yours?

Saturday, while I was preparing food, I thought about how much I enjoy cooking. Every part of it. The menu planning, grocery shopping, kitchen time and, best of all, eating with people I love. Each of us express, experience and receive love differently. Dear friends of mine speak often of Gary Chapman’s 1995 book, The Five Love Languages. In it, he describes five different ways of communicating love: gifts, quality time, words of affirmation, acts of service and physical touch. I’d never really thought about why food is so important to me; why cooking for my family and friends makes me so happy. If I use Chapman’s theory, I share my love through food; ‘acts of service‘. When you eat at our home, my heart is on the table.

peanut butter cream cheese pie - my love language - bite

Friends of ours arrived, mid-day Saturday and the grazing began. Smoked salmon with cream cheese and giant caper berries met them at the back door. Once drinks were served, haloumi cheese marinated in lemon juice, dried chili flakes and anise leaves got a crispy sear on both sides. If you’ve never eaten this salty, squeaky Greek cheese, run don’t walk to your nearest grocery store and cook some up. I double-dare you not to eat the whole package!

peanut butter cream cheese pie - my love language - bite

Rarely, can I find fresh figs in my part of the world. When I do, they’re stuffed with gorgonzola dolce, wrapped in paper-thin slices of pancetta then pan-fried to crunch up the pork and goo up the cheese.

peanut butter cream cheese pie - my love language - bite

For dinner, I grilled a rainbow trout stuffed with whole garlic cloves, lemon slices, lovage leaves and orange thyme, chopped a salsa verde to serve with the fish, sliced a zucchini carpaccio to serve on the side and whippped up a Peanut Butter Cream Cheese and Dulce de Leche Pie with Sour Cream Topping.

peanut butter cream cheese pie - my love language - bite
peanut butter cream cheese pie - my love language - bite

Gary Chapman says, its important not to use the love languages that you like the most but rather the love languages that your loved ones can receive. As we cleaned up after dinner, the empty platters of food proved that my love had been welcomed!

peanut butter cream cheese pie - my love language - bite

PEANUT BUTTER CREAM CHEESE PIE
Serves 6-8
Preheat oven to 350*F

CHOCOLATE CRUST

  • 1¼ cups Oreo Cookie crumbs
  • ¼ cup butter, melted

PEANUT BUTTER FILLING

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup icing sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, pod scrapped
  • ½ cup whipping cream, whipped
  • ½ cup dolce de leche, room temperature

SOUR CREAM TOPPING

  • ½ whipping cream, whipped
  • 8 ounces sour cream

peanut butter cream cheese pie - my love language - bite
THE STEPS:

CHOCOLATE CRUST

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the chocolate crumbs and melted butter.
  2. Press onto the bottom of a 9” spring-form pan.
  3. Place in the preheated oven and bake for 8 minutes or until firm.
  4. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.

PEANUT BUTTER FILLING

  1. In the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the cream cheese and peanut butter until blended and smooth.
  2. Add the icing sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
  3. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat in the scraped vanilla bean pod.
  4. Using a rubber spatula, fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture.
  5. Drizzle the dolce de leche over the entire cooled pie crust.
  6. Spread the peanut butter filling over the dulce de leche and smooth out the top.
  7. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours or until firm.

SOUR CREAM TOPPING

  1. Just before serving, in a medium bowl, fold whipped cream into sour cream.
  2. Pile on top of peanut butter filling and serve.
  3. Will keep in the fridge up to 4 days.

peanut butter cream cheese pie - my love language - bite
THE LOVE: You can substitute 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract for the vanilla bean pod. Also, dulce de leche can be found at most super markets, but if you can’t find it, use a good quality butterscotch sauce.

Thanks for reading.

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Yield: 6-8
INGREDIENTS
  • CHOCOLATE CRUST:
  • 1¼ cups Oreo Cookie crumbs
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • PEANUT BUTTER FILLING:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup icing sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, pod scrapped
  • ½ cup whipping cream, whipped
  • ½ dolce de leche
  • SOUR CREAM TOPPING:
  • ½ whipping cream, whipped
  • 8 ounces sour cream
THE STEPS:
  1. CHOCOLATE CRUST
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the chocolate crumbs and melted butter.
  3. Press onto the bottom and up the sides of a 9” spring-form pan.
  4. Place in the preheated oven and bake for about 8 minutes or until firm.
  5. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
  6. PEANUT BUTTER FILLING
  7. In the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the cream cheese and peanut butter until blended and smooth.
  8. Add the icing sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
  9. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat in the scraped vanilla.
  10. Using a rubber spatula, fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture.
  11. Drizzle the dolce de leche over the entire cooled pie crust.
  12. Pour the peanut butter filling over the dulce de leche and smooth out the top.
  13. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours or until firm
  14. SOUR CREAM TOPPING
  15. Just before serving, in a medium bowl, fold whipped cream into sour cream.
  16. Pile on top of peanut butter filling and serve.
  17. Will keep in the fridge up to 4 days.
THE LOVE:
You can substitute 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract for the vanilla bean pod. Also, dulce de leche can be found at most super markets, but if you can’t find it, use a good quality butterscotch sauce.

 

  • Debbie

    Wow! I’m feeling the love!! We speak the same language. Thanks for the great ideas and recipes and amazing photos. Can’t wait to try all of these recipes on my loved ones!

    • Hi Debbie, I thought it would be fun to share photos of my summer entertaining. Our friends have such different tastes, it gives me a chance to try all sorts of dishes. Thanks for reading!