Peanut Butter and Porter Pie

It’s my birthday today and in honor of hmm hmm myself, just kidding, I had to share what has easily become one of my go-to pies. I’ve actually been meaning to post this for a while, it is really only a coincident I am doing it today thanks to a friend that emailed asking for the recipe.

About a year or so ago I came across “The Gourmet’s Guide to Cooking with Beer” by Alison Boteler. One recipe, titled “Peanut Butter and Porter Pie” had my mouth-watering, and I couldn’t wait to test the recipe.

Wanting to add a little extra oomph to the flavor profile, I decided on using a mocha porter for its notes of coffee  instead of the regular porter called for in the original recipe.

Having a passion for NC beer, I looked to use a local porter but unfortunately Harris Teeter didn’t carry any (note: this was awhile back and HT has since started carrying a larger selection of local  beers). Instead I used Kona’s Pipeline, a mocha porter made with 100% Hawaiian Kona coffee. I have since tested the recipe with several other beers and found the Duck Rabbit Milk Stout from Farmville, NC  is an excellent, if not the best substitution.

The pie was light and fluffy with the peanut butter and coffee coming through in each bite. I love the taste of the homemade peanut butter graham cracker crust but this recipe is easily adapted to use a pre-made crust (see below).

The recipe is simple and easy to whip together. The only time-consuming and agonizing part is waiting for it to freeze.

happy Eating! Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I have.


1 package (8 oz) cream cheese

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

2/3 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup half-and-half

1/3 cup mocha porter

1 tub frozen whipped topping, thawed

1/2 cup roasted, unsalted peanuts, chopped


3 tablespoons sugar

1 1/2 cups crushed graham crackers

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup peanut butter

For the filling: In a bowl, beat together cream cheese, brown sugar, and peanut butter with an electric mixer until blended. Slowly blend in half-and-half and mocha porter. Beat until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Spoon into prepared crust. Sprinkle with peanuts and freeze until firm

For crust: pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Combine sugar, and graham cracker crumbs in a mixing bowl. In a small saucepan, melt butter and peanut butter over low heat. Stir into graham cracker crumbs. Press mixture into the bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie plate. Bake for 8 minutes.


This recipe makes enough to fill two 6-oz prepared graham cracker pie shells. To keep the peanut butter flavor in the crust, melt butter and peanut butter then pour into pre-made crust, brushing sides to coat. Bake as above.

ALTERNATE CRUSTS: Nilla Wafers, Chocolate Wafers, or anything else you feel like experimenting with.


2 thoughts on “Peanut Butter and Porter Pie

  1. :I’m not sure what you mean . . . with respect to morggate amounts accounting for debt . . . hell, no one will LET the debt be measured, as the FED and SEC control the accounting firms who are in on it all, too . . . . etc.First of all, I was talking about the face value of the assets formerly known as toxic . This is not hidden it’s in their quarterly reports. It’s what they were claiming they were worth before it turned out that they weren’t worth that much.Second, you have to stop looking at these people as being the obedient minions of Cthulhu. As rich people they have in common the desire to preserve and expand their privileges, so they often act in concert. But they’ll also stab each other in the back if they think they can get away with it. Bernie Madoff, Alan Stanford, Key Lay they all ripped off rich people, too.The Fed, the SEC actually sometimes do the job they were created to do. It’s not the institutions, it’s whether they’re run by public servants or cronies.You see, you can’t stop the ripoffs. You can only chase the bright ones, figure out how they gamed the system, then change the rules before the copycats move in. The very best you can do is play catch-up.Now, the AIG bonuses are useful for theater building outrage. They amount to 1/1,000th of the AIG TARP funds. If Geithner knew about them and ignored them, I don’t blame him at all. I absolutely agree with Dean Baker that CDSes are out and out horse track gambling. I can’t take out a $1M life insurance policy on you, payable to me without your signature, for obvious reasons. But Sen. Gramm convinced enough people that it was a good idea to get it passed (actually, I believe he snuck it into an appropriations bill and most people didn’t notice). As a result, they cannot be regulated (or banned) without legislation. And no, I do not understand why TARP funds were used to honor horse track betting when the bookie went bad. The fact that the AIG unit that was bookie was in London and most of the bettors were European banks probably has something to do with it.readerOfTeaLeaves has a good comment at 11:59, though he confuses CDOs and CDSs at times, and I don’t think his conclusion is justified.But, we can only nationalize commercial banks. It would take new legislation to nationalize investment banks. And it will take new legislation to put a walls back between commercial banking, investment banking and insurance. However big a shitstorm they’ve created, they still have tons and tons of money, and tons of friends in the media and congress. A few peasants storming the gate probably won’t do it. It’s a chess game, not WWE Raw.Geithner’s plan: Banks will not get face value, and probably nothing near. If things go south, the taxpayer will take a bath, but they would without the Geithner plan, too. The biggest danger is unemployment, not the collapse of the RE bubble. If people have jobs, morggates will get paid and those assets will be worth something.I left you another . Really, Larue, we have to stop not meeting like this.

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