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Friday, August 12, 2011

peanut butter pie cupcakes for mikey

A Pie for Mikey 

I am once again amazed by the support and love of the food blogging community as so many have gone out of their way today to honor one last wish of fellow blogger Jennifer Perillo of In Jennie's Kitchen. Her husband Mikey passed away suddenly this week and, although many cannot begin to imagine the pain that she is going through, we have dropped everything for the time being to fulfill her wish and help refill her heart. Her wish was simple - to bake Mikey's favorite peanut butter pie today, the day of his memorial service, and share it with the ones we love. Such a beautiful request to honor her late husband and remind us all to not take our loved ones for granted.

I had so much to say this afternoon after spending time in the kitchen reflecting, yet suddenly find myself at a loss for words. Thankfully, what needs to be said has been said a thousand times over by the incredible community of food bloggers - you can find lists of these posts here and here. I am so grateful to be a part of a community that bands together when one is in need and my heart remains with Jennie and her girls during these unfortunate times.

A Pie for Mikey

I made a few modifications to the construction of the peanut butter pie, but the original recipe can be found on In Jennie's Kitchen. I did keep the peanut butter filling exactly the same and I can tell you that I have no doubt why this was Mikey's favorite. It was so light and fluffy and if you really want to show someone that you love them, let them lick the bowl.

Peanut Butter Pie Cupcakes for Mikey
Inspired by Jennifer Perillo; makes 18 cupcakes

8 ounces chocolate cookies
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 jar dulce de leche
1 banana, thinly sliced
1 cup heavy cream
8 ounces cream cheese
1 cup creamy-style peanut butter
1 cup confectioner's sugar
1 – 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

Prepare muffin tins with 18 cupcake liners. Using a food processor, pulse the cookies until you have fine crumbs.  Combine melted butter and cookie crumbs in a small bowl, and mix well.  Press mixture into the bottom of 18 cupcake liners.

Spoon approximately one teaspoon of dulce de leche on top of each cookie crust. Place a single layer of bananas over the dulce de leche.

Pour the heavy cream into a bowl and beat using a stand mixer or hand mixer until stiff peaks form.  Transfer to a small bowl and store in refrigerator until ready to use.  Place the cream cheese and peanut butter in a deep bowl.  Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.  Reduce speed to low and gradually beat in the confectioner's sugar.  Add the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract and lemon juice. Increase speed to medium and beat until all the ingredients are combined and filling is smooth.

Stir in 1/3 of the whipped cream into the filling mixture (helps lighten the batter, making it easier to fold in the remaining whipped cream).  Fold in the remaining whipped cream.  Scoop mixture into each cup, filling just below the top. Lightly tap baking pans onto counter to distribute evenly and refrigerate for three hours or overnight before serving. Top with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles if desired.

A Pie for Mikey

Tonight, I'll give Zach and Gabby an extra hug and think about my family while we share Mikey's favorite dessert. I'll be thinking about Mom, Mommom, Poppop, Boo, Ellen and Grandma Ginger; regardless of distance, I love you more and more each day.

A Pie for Mikey

Won't you join us in supporting Jennifer Perillo by savoring a bite of Mikey's favorite pie and cherishing the ones you love this weekend? Together we can fill her heart with love and support {and peanut butter pie} when she needs it the most.


Kim said...

All of you are absolutely phenomenal, truly. Although I'm not much of a part of the food blogging community other than reading your posts, I still care about the community at large. My thoughts and prayers go out to Jennifer and her family in this tough time. Thank you for sharing your contribution.

Marcielenick said...

just plain ...LOVE

ChellBellz said...

This looks so yummy! Prays for Jennifer

Doodle said...

Such a very sad story, you are so kind to honor Jennifer's wishes, I am sure all of the support she is receiving will help her through this difficult time. I hope you have an enjoyable weekend 

my fudo said...

your pie looks delicious. I can have more than one round of it. Great photos.

Emily @ Life on Food said...

Beautiful!  Love it!

Vicki @ WITK said...

I love this little food blogging community of ours, so much love and so many peanut butter pies this friday.  Great post!

Damaris said...

Kimmie this is a wonderful post, everything about it is great. You are such a beautiful person, I'm lucky to have you in my life.

I wish there was Peanut Butter in Brazil

polwig said...

So sad and beautiful post.... amazing cupcakes

Susanne Voros said...

Lovely post.... cupcakes look fantastic. 

sweettarte said...

your pie cupcakes are adorable! wonderful post.

Kimmie said...

Let me know if you ever need some sent your way! =) I think it's cheaper than sending myself to Brazil. 

Liz said...

Kimmie, what a lovely tribute!  Your cupcakes are just stunning...lovin' your blog!!!

jamie Creative-Cupcake-Recipes said...

This looks like an amazing cupcake. I am definitely going to make this. mmmmm 

Paula Kelly said...

I looked at every pie and dessert that I retweeted over the weekend and I'm now able to have some time to read the posts.  I too am so grateful to be a part of this community who so freely let their actions speak louder than the words that fail us at times such as this.

TeddiAngel said...

My sympathy goes out to Jennifer,,,,,am anxious to try the yummy-sounding cupcakes!   I plan on making some in memory of the 84-year-old dance instructor our Sr. Line Dance group just lost,Thanks.

Ivette said...

Hi I love so much this story of pure love and the chain idea that I have to make the pie no matter I was late, I use your recepie and love the result, thank you very much if you want to see my post heres the link the only thing is in spanish because is my vernacle language:

Kimmie said...

Hi Ivette! I am SO touched to see Mikey's pie crossing language barriers. A true testament that love has no language. =) Your post is beautiful and I just loved the addition of peanut butter cups in the middle! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe.

Delemos said...

Very delicious food.