By Tara Bench
Trust us: Topping the pie with crumbled bacon adds an appealing saltiness that sets off the sweet flavors.
Work: 45 minutes
Total: 2 hours 15 minutes
1 recipe Perfect Piecrust (see Slide 1)
1 1/4 cups lightly salted peanuts
2 large eggs
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup smooth peanut butter
Crumbled bacon or whipped cream
1. Line a 9-inch pie pan with rolled-out crust; trim and flute edge. Freeze until ready to fill, or at least 20 minutes.
2. Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Coarsely chop 1 cup peanuts. Whisk together eggs, brown sugar, corn syrup, salt, vanilla, and peanut butter. Stir in chopped peanuts and pour mixture into chilled crust. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup whole peanuts on top.
3. Bake until filling is just set and crust is golden, about 50 minutes. Tent pie with foil after 40 minutes so the top doesn't overcook. Cool completely. Top with bacon or whipped cream. Serves 8.