Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A Little Sweet Treat


Occasionally I go out of town. Unfortunately this never includes my cat. After a day or so, he probably thinks I've abandoned him and that he's an orphan. Since I adopted him from a kitten mill, he has no experience being on his own. He also lacks front claws, so without me he's pretty much screwed. Save your ethical arguments about onychectomy because I don't give a shit. If it makes you feel any better, I did it myself. He's getting life long care, the least he can do is give me the tips of his fingers. I rather like my furniture without giant scratches on it. It's 2015, you CAN have it all...a cat and nice furniture! You can also have a pet and go on short vacations without fear they'll be dead when you get home. Like childcare, pet sitters can be expensive. This is why it's important to cultivate meaningful friendships - so that you can pay a friend with pie to fill the cat's food and water. Some people are really weird about cats, so only ask someone who isn't prejudiced. Watching a cat is tantamount to watching a pet rock. It doesn't need to go out and it pretty much doesn't care when or if you come, permitting the food doesn't run out. I created this special pie for my sitter. It was gone when I got home, so I'm guessing it didn't suck. 


Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie in a Pretzel Crust

This recipe requires a lot of little steps. Be sure to make this at least 3-4 hours prior to serving. 

you will need the following

(for crust)
1.5 cups crushed pretzels
1 stick butter (melted)
3 tbsp flour
3 tbsp sugar

(for peanut butter fudge)
1.5 cups powdered sugar
1/4 c peanut butter
1/4 stick butter (melted)
1 tbsp milk 

(for chocolate filling)
1/2 c +1 tbsp heavy cream 
8 oz chocolate chips 


Step 1: Pulverize pretzels in a food processor with flour and sugar. If you do not have a food processor, an old jar will do, and helps build upper body strength. A few coarse crumbs are fine. Transfer to large bowl and stir. Press into pie plate. Bake at @ 350 for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. 


Step 2: Combine all fudge ingredients in a bowl. The idea is to make dry crumbles. Keep adding powdered sugar until desired consistency. 


Step 3: In a saucepan, bring cream to just a boil. A few bubbles around the edges will suffice. Pour hot cream over chocolate chips. Stir only enough to submerge chocolate. DO NOT STIR ANYMORE. WALK AWAY. Put 10 minutes on the clock and don't stir. No stirring allowed. After 10-15 minutes, after the timer has gone off, you may return and then whisk it together. Trust me, the thickness is worth the wait. 


Step 4: Crumble fudge into the bottom of the pie shell. Top fudge with chocolate filling. Chill for 3-4 hours. The chocolate will be the most perfect texture. Not too wet and not too hard. Just devine. May cause diabetes. 




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