In 2001, I found this peanut butter tart recipe in a Martha Stewart Living magazine. I immediately claimed it my perfect Thanksgiving dessert, and I've made it every year since.
It reminds me of a grown-up, gourmet version of those yummy peanut butter squares that my elementary school cafeteria used to serve. Eating those tasty treats was the only thing that could take away the pain of being trapped inside for recess because of rain.
This recipe is a favorite of mine because everyone in my family likes peanut butter. The same can't be said for pumpkin ("ew, what's that orange goo?") or pecans ("are you trying to pull out my dentures?").
I will warn you that although this is a no-bake pie, it's not a no-work pie. Well, at least not for me. The part that I always mess up is the ganache. These are the instructions: "Pour hot cream over chopped chocolate, and set aside for 5 minutes to yield chocolate ganache. Whisk to combine. Set in ice bath until ganache is cool, whisking constantly."
Trust me, where it reads "ice bath" it really means ice bath. It does not mean a bowl of cold water with a few ice cubes. Also, when it says whisk constantly, it means constantly. Do not stop to answer the phone, pick up the baby or let the dog out.
Confession: I always buy twice the amount of cream and chocolate needed because I mess up so often.
If you don't like peanut butter, or worse your kids are allergic, you have my apologies. And just to show you how sorry I am, here are a few other dessert recipes to try instead.