Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Family Reunions

It’s time for my mother’s family reunion again, and I’ve been going through a bunch of recipes trying to decide what to take. She’s been gone for 18 years, but the reunions go on because she made my uncle promise to keep them going. So they’re always the same day, same place, same time.

She always cooked for days in preparation for the gathering, and would end up taking a main dish, side dish, salad, dessert – and sometimes more than one of each, possibly thinking there wouldn’t be enough food for everyone. That is never an issue, though, because there are many great cooks in the family and plenty of food with leftovers!

This year I won’t have a lot of time to cook as we’ll be attending a funeral out of town on the day before, but I think I’ve decided what to prepare. Since there are always many meats and main dishes, I’ll do a couple of sides, a salad, and a couple of easy pies. At this point I’m thinking baked beans, corn pudding, coleslaw and peanut butter and apple pies.

The peanut butter pie is a favorite, and is very easy to make. I’ve made it dozens of times, and am often lucky to get a piece for myself!

PEANUT BUTTER PIE

1 9” unbaked pie shell

1 cup crunchy peanut butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 well-beaten eggs

1 1/2 cups milk

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In the large bowl, combine peanut butter and vanilla at low speed of mixer. Combine sugar and salt; gradually add and cream after each addition. Increase mixer speed to medium and gradually add eggs. Reduce speed to low, add milk and beat until smooth.

Pour into prepared pie shell. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, until filling is set in center and a knife stuck into filling comes out clean.

(Adapted from a recipe in “McCall’s Book of Cakes and Pies” published in 1965.)

Give this one a try – you’ll love it! The original recipe calls for creamy peanut butter, but we like the crunch of the peanuts. Also, I’ve made it with artificial sweeteners, and it turned out just fine.

Have a wonderful week and weekend. As always, your comments and suggestions are welcome. Thanks for reading.

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