If you love creamy pies crowned with a sweet nutty flavor, you gotta treat your taste buds with this silky decadent Amish Peanut butter pie.
During Thanksgiving, one of our favorite relishes we endeavor to serve as family home chefs are creamy pies. Every year, I refer to the Amish recipe books that I have acquired over the years.
The Amish have held onto their religious and cultural beliefs for many years, handing over their traditions from generation to generation. Their founders fled Europe during the reformation ages, seeking freedom of worship.
The Amish and Mennonite cuisine is greatly influenced by their European heritage. It is no wonder that the only language spoken during their church services is German. The Amish live closely attached to their land, growing largely all that they consume.
The use of modern conveniences such as electricity is not allowed by their conservative religious practices. Most of their farm labor is done manually. Manual labor requires a lot of energy giving food to fuel and replenishing used-up energies.
They may have restrictions in many areas such as using cars and phones but no restrictions on sweet foods. You will fall in love with their delicious meals made from scratch.
Peanuts happen to be greatly cherished by the men in the family. Any dish with peanuts will be demolished gladly, hardly would there be any leftovers. I have been longing to share this peanut butter pie recipe that I adopted and tweaked from an Amish and Mennonite recipe book. Let's have a look at the ingredients you will require to create this exquisite, mouth-watering pie.
Ingredients and substitutions
Baked pie crust
The Amish Peanut butter pie is creamy. You need to bake the crust before you fill it with the filling. You can make your crust or buy it in the store. We have a recipe for The Amish Pie Crust, it is very flacky and delicious.
Milk makes the pudding creamy and gives it its flavor too.
Egg moisturizes the pudding giving it a smooth texture.
Corn starch is the thickening agent in the pudding. You could substitute with wheat flour or tapioca flour.
Sugar enhances the sweetness of the pudding. You can substitute sugar with natural sweeteners such as stevia powder.
Balances all the flavors in the vanilla pudding.
This Amish Peanut Pie is not complete without a generous amount of whipping cream that is spread on top of the vanilla pudding. You could substitute whipping cream with cream cheese frosting.
Peanut butter topping
Powdered sugar is mixed with peanut butter until crumbly.
Peanut butter is rich in flavor and has a creamy texture. It is mixed with powdered sugar to form a crumbly mixture.
The Amish Peanut butter pie is made of whipping cream, vanilla pudding, peanut butter, and powdered sugar mixture into crumbs as a topping.
Sure you can, it increases the nutty flavor of the pie.
Add some more cornstarch or all-purpose in the vanilla pudding to make it firmer. When the pudding is firm, it will prevent the creamy topping from melting.
Amish Peanut Butter Pie
- 1 cup Milk
- ½ cup cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- ⅔ cup Sugar
- 1 tablespoon Butter
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
- 3 cups Milk
- 2 cups Whipping cream
Sweet peanut topping
- 2 cups Peanut butter
- 2 cups Powdered sugar
How to prepare the vanilla pudding
- In a mixing bowl, mix egg yolk,1 cup of milk, and cornstarch with a whisk or electric hand mixer till all the ingredients are fully incorporated.
- In a middle-sized saucepan, boil the milk until you see bubbles forming on the sides of the saucepan.
- Pour the egg and milk mixture into the hot milk, continue to mix vigorously.
- Heat the mixture for about 8 minutes as you keep mixing. You will notice it begins to thicken. It should coat a wooden spoon or rubber spatula. Remove from heat, stir, and in the butter.
- Move it into a bowl and let it cool. Cover the top of the pudding with a cling film or else a skin will form on top of the pudding.
- Whip the cool sweetened whipping cream until stiff peaks form.
- Keep in the refrigerator to set.
Sweet peanut butter crumb
- Mix the powdered sugar and the peanut butter; use a fork to mix the two ingredients until small crumbs are formed. The mixture has the appearance of smooth small pebbles.
- Set aside in a bowl.
Assembling the Amish Peanut Butter
- Spoon half a cup of the peanut butter crumbs into the baked pie shell. Spread and press against the bottom of the pie shell.
- Scoop and fill the pie with vanilla pudding. Spread the vanilla pudding with a spatula.
- Spoon the whipping cream on top of the custard. Spread with a spatula to cover the vanilla pudding.
- Sprinkle the peanut crumbs (pebbles) on the top of the pie.
- Return the pie to the fridge to set and cool completely. Cut the peanut butter pie into slices and serve for dessert on a special night such as Thanksgiving.