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Friday’s Recipes: Peanut Butter Cup Pie & Orzo, Bacon 4.26.2013

Posted on 26 April 2013 by KWBG

Peanut Butter Cup Pie by CK
2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs
6 tablespoons salted butter, melted
12 ounces cream cheese (light or neufchatel is ok), at room temperature
1 + 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips or bar, chopped
4 tablespoons salted butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
14 Reese’s peanut butter cups, rough chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Add the cookie crumbs and butter to a food processor and process until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl if needed.
Press evenly into a 9″ pie pan. Bake for 10 minutes then allow to cool completely before filling. Beat the cream cheese and peanut butter together on medium speed until light and fluffy about 5 minutes.
Add sugar and vanilla; beat on medium speed until light and fluffy about 5 more minutes.In a separate bowl beat heavy cream until stiff; when the beater is lifted it shouldn’t drip off.
Add the cream to the peanut butter mixture and fold in until well blended. Spoon into the crust. Refrigerate 1-2 hours.To make the topping combine sugar and cream in a small saucepan and bring just to a boil; remove from heat and immediately add the chocolate, butter and vanilla. Whisk until smooth and all the chocolate is melted. Cool the mixture until it is lukewarm but still liquidy.Carefully pour over the pie (you can leave a few spoonfuls for drizzling over the PB cups) and evenly spread from edge to edge. Sprinkle peanut butter cups evenly over top and gently press them into the chocolate. Drizzle lightly all over with remaining chocolate.
Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight before serving. Cut with a sharp knife dipped in hot water then dried; wipe clean and dip again after each cut.

Orzo, Bacon & Peas by BDM
Cut 6 oz of thick-cut bacon into 1 inch pieces
Cook in a large skillet over medium high heat until crisp
Stir in 1¼ c frozen peas and 1 crushed garlic clove
Stir until frozen look leaves the peas
In another pan bring 2½ c water to a boil
Add 8 oz orzo pasta to the bacon and peas, stir
Carefully pour in the boiling water, stir well
Cover and lower heat to simmer for 10 minutes
Check it a couple of times and stir adding more hot water if needed
When ready the pasta should be soft and starchy and the water absorbed
Top with 2 T grated Parmesan cheese


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