TOTAL TIME: 25 hr 10 min
Prep: 20 min
Inactive Prep: 24 hr 30 min
Cook: 20 min
YIELD: 8 servings
LEVEL: Intermediate


  • 1 1/4 cups dry-roasted, salted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream, chilled
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar


For the crust:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Pulse the peanuts, granulated sugar, and cloves in a food processor until the mixture resembles coarse sand. Pulse in the butter. Press the nut mixture evenly into the bottom of a 10-inch springform pan and bake until set, about 15 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.

Melt the chocolate with the cream in a microwave, stirring every 30 seconds, until smooth, and then spread the chocolate over the crust. Freeze the crust while making the filling.
For the filling:
Whisk the milk, eggs, confectioners' sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until boiling. Continue to cook until the consistency of mayonnaise, about 2 minutes more. Transfer to a bowl. Whisk in the cream cheese, peanut butter, and vanilla. Spread evenly over the chocolate and refrigerate until cold or overnight.
For the topping:
Melt the chocolate in a microwave, stirring every 30 seconds, until smooth; cool slightly. Whip the cream with the confectioners' sugar until it holds slightly stiff peaks. Stir a large spoonful of the cream into the chocolate and then fold all the chocolate into the cream. Remove the pie from the pan. Spread the cream topping onto the pie with an offset spatula. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.



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  • on June 03, 2014


    Chocolate together with peanut butter is one of my favorite flavor combinations. This recipe, however, is a poor substitute for anything tasty. The crust is probably the best part. It was easy to prepare and had a full, rich peanut flavor. The chocolate called for is specified "bittersweet". I think that is a confusing descriptor. I chose a well-known, (Lindt), brand of 70% chocolate. It was far too bitter. The peanut butter/custard layer was easy to make, but did not have enough peanut butter flavor to suit me and I do not think the cream cheese added anything to the pie in the way of flavor or texture. Because the pure chocolate layer was too bitter, I chose to use semi-sweet chocolate chips in the whipped cream topping. It was OK, but just. Additionally, this recipe is labor and time intensive as the layers have to be refrigerated or frozen three separate times. In sum, this is a poor, poor recipe and I will not ever use it again.

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