Monday, January 21, 2013

Recipe: Peanut Butter Banana Cream Pie from Baked Explorations

I volunteered to bring dessert to our friends' New Year's dinner party. I opted for a maple bourbon cheesecake, but alas, the drawback of finding recipes on random blogs via pinterest is that sometimes the instructions stink. This led to a, shall we say, less than beautiful cheesecake.

We had little time and an ugly as all get out cake, so after I stomped about and had a bit of a hissy fit, my darling hubby stepped in to save the day by heading back to the grocery store to get me ingredients for something else.

The guys behind Baked know how to make a gorgeous and delicious dessert, so I eschewed Pinterest and went old school with an actual cookbook - Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented.

Banana cream pie is surely one of the most delicious and comforting desserts out there, and peanut butter is such a divine combo with bananas, so I knew this recipe was certain to blow the maple bourbon cheesecake out of the water. And sure enough it did. It was easy to prepare, appealing to look at and just as heavenly as it sounds!

The crust was simple to make and a classic accompaniment for banana cream pie. The vanilla pudding is very subtle and would also be good on its own. The peanut butter icing is pure bliss and may have compelled me and the Mr. to lick the bowl and beaters clean. It would make a great icing for other desserts as well, such as chocolate cupcakes.

Turns out my cheesecake actually tasted pretty good, too, despite its uggo appearance, but this was the clear star of dessert. Yum!

Full recipe

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