Every year on the first day of school I bring a treat for my colleagues and administrators. My tradition has been to make gourmet caramel apples. But since I posted about that last year, I needed a new idea. This year I decided to make pies in jars. I made three different kinds, but the Peanut Butter Mousse Pie is definitely my favorite so I decided to share the recipe with you. I’ll be honest. This isn’t wholly original. I took the mousse recipe from ABC’s The Chew, changed their ganache recipe, and added the pie crust. Their original recipe used straight melted chocolate instead of ganache. This created a shell that was too difficult to spoon out. By adding heavy cream, the chocolate is much easier to eat and is melt in your mouth creamy.
I used 1-pint Mason jars for this gift, but you could make smaller ones and spread the wealth.
For the crust:
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
3 T. granulated sugar
3 T. melted butter
pinch of salt
- Mix all ingredients until well blended.
- Tamp into the bottom of the jar
For the peanut butter mousse:
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a medium mixing bowl, add heavy whipping cream. Using a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat until soft peaks form, about 4 minutes. Add peanut butter and beat for about 1-2 minutes. Gradually add sugar and vanilla and continue beating until stiff peaks form, another 2-3 minutes. Divide between six 1-pint Mason jars.
For the ganache:
- 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup heavy cream
- Place the chocolate into a medium bowl. Heat the cream in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Bring just to a boil, watching very carefully because if it boils for a few seconds, it will boil out of the pot. When the cream has come to a boil, pour over the chocolate chips, and whisk until smooth.
- Allow the ganache to cool slightly before pouring over peanut butter mousse.
- Screw on the lids and refrigerate until ready to eat.
Since I gave these to my colleagues, I put a ribbon in one of our school colors around the lid and attached a spoon so they could dig into it anytime.
This dessert was truly delicious and got rave reviews. My friend Sharon intended to take half of her jar home to her boyfriend, but once she started eating, she kept going until she finished.
Most of my colleagues returned the empty jars, so luckily for them, I’ll be able to bring in delicious treats another day. I hope you give this recipe a try, a guarantee you will not regret it.