Fruit n’ Nut – Strawberry and Peanut Pie

strawberry 3There are some things which are made for each other such as pizza and beer or paper and pen or vodka and Fez… okay I’ll stop there. However, strawberries and peanuts really are a perfect marriage.

This time of year strawberries are at their peak. Try to buy the smaller English varieties, rather than the ones which look like they’ve been on steroids and probably come from a country you can’t pronounce.

Serves 8

Ingredients

If short for time this pudding can be made the night before ( taken from Good Food)

For the base:

  • 60g butter, melted, plus extra for greasing
  • 15 digestive biscuits
  • 85g crunchy peanut butter

For the filling:

  • 200g crème fraîche
  • 200g full-fat cream cheese
  • 25g icing sugar, sifted
  • ½ tsp vanilla paste, or seeds from ½ vanilla pod

For the sauce and topping:

  • 450g ripe strawberries (smaller sized ones are best)
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar, plus extra for dusting
  • 40g peanut brittle bar, crushed (we used a Mr Tom bar, but you could also use a slab of peanut brittle from a sweet shop)

Method

  1. Generously grease a 20cm round sandwich tin and line the base with parchment. Finely crush the biscuits.
  2. Work the butter and peanut butter into the biscuits until the mix looks like wet sand (you can use a food processor if you have one). Using the back of a cutlery spoon, press the mix evenly over the base and up the sides of the tin. Once even, go over the crumbs again, pressing and firming to a smooth crust. Chill in the freezer for 30 mins.
  3. Beat the filling ingredients together with electric hand beaters until thick. Spoon carefully into the biscuit case, then top with about 25 strawberries. Chill for at least 2 hrs. For the sauce, use a hand blender or processor to purée 200g strawberries with the icing sugar until smooth.
  4. When ready to serve, carefully push the very cold pie up out of the tin (standing it on something like an upturned mug will help). Sprinkle over the peanut brittle and extra icing sugar. Serve with the sauce.

Directions for use: Go nutty!

Strawberry close up

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