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Peanut Butter Pie for Mikey and Jennifer Perillo

Posted by Shaina On August - 12 - 2011

This peanut butter pie is creamy, chocolatey and everything you’d expect from a peanut butter pie. Made specifically for Mikey Perillo, as requested by his wife, Jennie, it will forever serve as a reminder to hold those closest to you daily and tell them how much you love them.
I’ve been staring at the screen since Monday, unable to find the words. Writer’s block isn’t necessarily a new thing, but that’s not what I’m suffering from. Instead, there is only a heart, breaking for a friend, and the inability to properly tell you about the pain or ignore it away so that I can move on to share happier things.

Then again, this is the sort of pain that is best dealt with head on, facing and confronting it, acknowledging the sadness so as not to forget, to never forget.
Don’t forget the dancing, the kind words or the tender heart. While scents may fade, keep a tight hold on the love that was there and is there still.
On Sunday, Mikey Perillo died of a sudden heart attack, leaving behind his wife and two young daughters. Jennie’s words since then have been so perfectly poignant, resting on the hearts of those who never knew them and of those who knew them well and touching them. Changing them.

Today, the community of food writers and food bloggers and friends reached out in love to fulfill a request. A request by one of the kindest, caring, selfless people I have yet to meet. I’m honored to have shared a table with her, to have heard her speak so lovingly of her Mikey, to have seen her face light up with love as she said his name.

Jennie, please know that you are loved, and thank you for being strong enough to remind us all to cherish what we have and possess. May you never forget the one who loved you most.

Peanut Butter Cream Pie

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adapted from Jennifer Perillo
8 ounces chocolate cookies
4 tablespoons butter, melted
6 ounces dark chocolate, chopped finely
1/2 cup roasted peanuts
1 cup heavy cream
8 ounces cream cheese
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

In a food processor, pulse cookies until crumbled with no large chunks. Pulse in melted butter. Press the crust into the bottom and up the sides of a 9″ springform pan. Melt chocolate in a double boiler. Spread 2/3 of the chocolate on the bottom of the cookie crust using a pastry brush. Sprinkle the peanuts over the melted chocolate. Keep the other in the double boiler over the hot water to remain melted.

Beat cream until stiff and fluffy. Set aside. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, cream the cream cheese until fluffy. Beat in the peanut butter, and then slowly add in powdered sugar until incorporated. Mix in sweetened condensed milk, vanilla and lemon juice. Fold in 1/3 of the whipped cream and then mix in the remaining. Pour the peanut butter filling into the prepared crust. Drizzle the remaining melted chocolate onto the top of the peanut butter filling. Swirl with a knife

Refrigerate the pie for at least 3 hours. Serve with extra whipped cream and roasted peanuts, if desired.

Makes 10-12 servings.
Copyright © Food for My Family.

Read Jennie’s post for her Mikey and follow along on Twitter using #apieforMikey today and on Facebook.

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33 Responses to “Peanut Butter Pie for Mikey and Jennifer Perillo”

  1. spacer Barbara | Creative Culinary says:
    August 12, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    What a beautiful pie…and even more beautiful words.
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  2. Peanut Butter Pie for Mikey at Laptop Television Mom says:
    August 12, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    [...] credit: Food For My Family (because my pie looked *absolutely nothing* like [...]

  3. spacer myFudo says:
    August 13, 2011 at 4:29 am

    your pie looks great. Love the way you’ve decorated it. Beautiful photos
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  4. spacer Tracy says:
    August 13, 2011 at 8:42 am

    A lovely pie for an even more lovely person. Continually sending love and hugs to Jennie and her girls.
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  5. spacer Nancy @SensitivePantry says:
    August 13, 2011 at 8:59 am

    With each Pie for Mikey post I read my heart hurts and swells a little more. Your pie is spectacular! A wonderful tribute to love and loss…and hugging your loved ones repeatedly each day.
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  6. spacer MikeVFMK says:
    August 13, 2011 at 9:39 am

    The pie is really beautiful. Seriously incredible. And your words are moving and convey everything we’re all thinking. Thank you!
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  7. spacer TidyMom says:
    August 13, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Beautiful post and pie Shaina…..this has been overwhelming, I can only imagine what Jennifer is feeling.

  8. spacer Amanda says:
    August 13, 2011 at 11:38 am

    So beautiful Shaina… you have a way with words and with baking!

  9. spacer Malia says:
    August 13, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    It looks so beautiful! And super yummy!

  10. Linky Love: The Food Edition : Skimbaco Lifestyle by Katja Presnal says:
    August 13, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    [...] Peanut Butter Pie for Mikey and Jennifer Perillo by Shaina at the Food for my Family looks beautiful, but what’s more beautiful is the thought behind it. A food blogger Jennifer Perillo’s husband passed away and she asked others to bake a peanut butter pie for the loved ones in our lives. Don’t postpone making every day special. Bake the pie right now. [...]

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  12. spacer Amy | She Wears Many Hats says:
    August 14, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Beautiful words. Beautiful pie.
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  13. spacer Savorique says:
    August 14, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    What a nicely decorated PB pie for such a thoughtful tribute. We’re so sad for both daughters left behind…

  14. spacer Mark says:
    August 14, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    I really love peanut butter; it can be used in so many ways! Thanks for? your lovely recipe!!
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  15. spacer SMITH BITES says:
    August 14, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    gorgeous, gorgeous pie Shaina and a beautifully written post . . . xo
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  17. spacer Mary says:
    August 15, 2011 at 9:18 am

    What a beautifully written piece. Thank you for writing and reminding us the importance of telling people we love them and appreciating our time with those who mean the most.

  18. spacer kathy says:
    August 15, 2011 at 9:25 am

    SO beautiful. in more ways than one.
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