Food & Wine Thursdays: Peanut Pie

My grandpa is allergic to walnuts and pecans, which is why my California born-and-raised grandma was making peanut pie long before my mom brought home that odd Jew from Virginia that is my dad and surprised him with her facility at baking that soul food treat.

Peanut pie is delicious. It’s exactly like pecan pie, except that it uses peanuts. Overall, I find that the peanuts stay crunchier than pecans during baking. Also, the peanuts tessellate rather perfectly, forming a crunchy ceiling of nuts (legumes) atop the sweet, gooey pie below.

Mmmm. Corn syrup-y.

For your holiday dining pleasure, here is my Grandma Harriet’s Peanut Pie recipe.

Ingredients:

1 unbaked 9 inch pie crust
1 tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp melted butter
½ cup white sugar
3 eggs beaten
1 cup chopped salted peanuts
½ cup dark corn syrup
½ cup light corn syrup

Preheat oven to 375
Lightly dust both sides of the pie crust with flour
Carefully press pie crust into 9-inch pie pan (glass or ceramic preferred)
Mix butter, eggs, syrups, sugar and  vanilla.
Pour into pie pan and spread chopped nuts over top
Bake 19 minutes at 375
Reduce heat to 350
Bake 35 to 40 minutes longer.
Test to see if a knife blade comes out clean.
Let sit for 15 minutes and enjoy with ice cream, whipped cream or on its own with a cup of coffee.

I use the Pillsbury refrigerated pie crust, but if you want to be super-fancy you can make your own pie crust. It’s not too difficult, just messy and time-consuming so for a less crust-intensive pie like peanut or pumpkin, I don’t see the point.

Also, since I don’t really need to have two different kinds of corn syrup around the house, I substitute equal parts maple syrup and light corn syrup for the dark corn syrup in the recipe.

And yes, this can become a pecan (or any sort of nut) pie by substituting the peanuts for the same amount of any roasted, salted nuts. Except for Brazil nuts. They know why.

About David D.

I'm a wine professional. Like a real one who makes most of his living in wine and have for most of my adult life. I also write, but you can see that.
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