Jonathan’s birthday is tomorrow. He will be 39. It’s crazy to think I met him when he was 29. Time has gone by so fast. I would say the two most memorable birthdays I’ve spent with Jonathan would be his 30th, and his 35th. His 30th I got to know his good friends who have now become some of my favorite people. His 35th I threw him a surprise party that was, if I must say an amazing party!!!!
This year we spent a weekday at Disney. It was so great because the parks were not crowded at all. No long waits for rides. A breezy 75 degree day. And a toddler who took an afternoon nap in the stroller so mom and dad could have some time together and sip a cocktail or two while doing so.
This past weekend we spent the day at the zoo, and later with some of our favorite people Steve and Emily, and their awesome kids Lucy and Leo. Burgers at Oinkster, a crazy peanut butter banana cream pie that I will talk about in a sec. And some more fun back here at the house so the kids could watch a movie and we could hang and have some wine and listen to good music.
The thing with making something sweet for Jonathan is he almost always loves it. Especially is it has his favorites: peanut butter, banana and chocolate. I made him this amazing cake a few years back, and was tempted to make it again. But I knew I could make something that would live up to that cake, and I believe I have. This pie is ridiculously good. The first layer is a dark chocolate cookie crust, next a layer of peanut butter, then a layer of bananas, followed by a vanilla custard, topped with a whipped cream that was soaking in peanut butter cereal. I have to give credit to Jonathan, it was his idea to soak the cream with the cereal. Ummmmm yeah can you say crazy!!!! I know it sounds crazy sweet it’s actually not. It was the perfect combination, and the crust without a doubt I will be making again for other pies. Have fun and enjoy this one!!!!!
Whipped Topping ingredients:
1 pint heavy whipping cream
2 cups peanut butter cereal
2 Tablespoons powdered sugar
This one you will want to do first because you want the cereal to soak in the cream for about 4 hours. Once you’ve completed the pie. The last step is to whip your cream. Strain the cereal, and add the powdered sugar. Whip to your liking, and top on pie!!
3 cups whole milk
4 egg yolks
2/3 cup sugar
5 Tablespoons cornstarch
1 vanilla bean, or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Add milk and cornstarch to a sauce pan. Cook over medium heat. Next whip your yolks and sugar in a bowl and put to the side. Once the milk has started to step, add a little bit to the egg mixture mixing the whole time. You are tempering the eggs so they don’t curdle. Once its mixed in then add the rest of the milk to the egg mixture. Continuing to mix. Pour all back into sauce pan and cook on low heat until bubbles start to form in the middle. Take off heat and add to bowl. Top with plastic wrap and place in the frig to cool down.
2 cups any kind of dark chocolate cookie crushed til its fine
1/3 cup melted unsalted butter
1 cup smooth peanut butter ( I used a natural organic peas nut butter that wasn’t loaded with sugar)
4 ripe bananas
Using a food processor, pulse cookies until they are fine. Pour two cups into a bowl, then add melted butter. Pat down in pie dish. Place in freezer for 30 minutes. Bake for 20 minutes on 350 after its been chilled in the freezer. Once it’s done baking, put aside and let it cool. Once your pie is chilled spread your peanut butter. Next slice bananas and place on top of peanut butter. Top with pudding and chill in frig.