A delicious peanut butter pie and a Twix ice cream loaf will make you a hit!

Summer isn't all just hot, humid weather. There are the pleasures of summer; a cool swim, a good book while sitting under a shade tree, that welcome breeze, and ... ice cream.

This summer, when you and the kids would love some ice cream, make these delicious treats. The pie will more than satisfy an ice cream craving as it is served partially frozen. Flavors of hot fudge, peanut butter, and cream cheese within this fluffy filling will surprise you when you taste how good it is. And the Twix ice cream dessert will be fun to make with your children or grandchildren. They love having the job of unwrapping and putting on the candy bars, and watching it come to life as you pile on the whipped topping and shaved chocolate.

If you happen to know someone who's favorite candy bar is a Twix, save this recipe for them and you will be their new best friend.

Patricia Altomare invites feedback. Email her at patakitchen@yahoo.com, or write care of Gloucester Daily Times, 36 Whittemore St., Gloucester, MA 01930.

Peanut Butter Pie

Ingredients:

9-inch pie crust, baked and cooled; use your own recipe or purchase a 9-inch graham cracker or shortbread cookie crust

8-ounce package cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup smooth peanut butter

1 cup confectioner's sugar

1/2 cup milk

8 ounces whipped topping, such as Cool Whip

Approximately 1/2 cup hot fudge topping

Chocolate bar for shavings, optional

Whip cream cheese and peanut butter together until smooth. Alternately add confectioner's sugar and milk slowly, mixing until combined.

Gently fold in whipped topping.

Warm hot fudge until slightly melted, spread some of the fudge lightly over bottom of cooked pie crust.

Pour in filling. Swirl some more melted hot fudge over top of pie.

Freeze. Best when served only partially frozen.

Twix Ice Cream Loaf

This delicious frozen dessert can be dressed up enough for company or simplified for your children and family. Looks impressive. All ages like it. Simple and fun to do.

You will need:

Loaf pan

Plastic wrap or parchment paper

Favorite flavor ice cream that will go well with the candy bars

About 20 to 22 Twix single sticks, candy bars

Whipped topping (such as cool-whip brand)

Chocolate shavings

Line a loaf pan with plastic wrap or parchment paper so that it hangs over the edges a few inches. Pack tightly with your favorite flavor of ice cream, getting into the corners well. (This was delicious with coffee ice cream). Freeze till it is brick hard. Have your Twix chocolate candy bars unwrapped.

When solidly frozen, turn out onto your serving dish. Working quickly, press bars into the ice cream all around the sides, as close together as you want, standing them up, (the kids love to do this part). I put 6 to 8 bars on each long side and 3 on each end, but I have seen this done when the bars are close together all around. Return to freezer if getting too soft. Pile high with whipped topping, and crumble candy bars on top, or use chocolate shavings for decoration. Refreeze. When ready to serve, remove 10 minutes before, and slice to serve. Drizzle each slice with chocolate syrup if desired.

Quick & easy way: Purchase ice cream sold in the rectangle cartons. Freeze in carton till brick hard. Remove outer carton and continue as above.

Good to hear from you

Hi Pat, A while back you sent me your recipe for Chicken Caesar Salad. Just letting you know it was delicious and will be a regular at our dinner table. Going to try your Ranch dressing with Green Salad next. Your thoughtfulness in sending these is much appreciated.

David

Dear David,

Right back at-cha, for taking the time to let me know. With the hot weather we have been having, I'm not surprised that you're in salad mode.

Hi Pat,

Love your column!! We are hoping you or one of your readers might be able to help us. We are looking for a recipe for Stramondo's meat pie. Stramondo's was located on Union Streer in Lawrence for years. We haven't been able to find a meat pie as good as theirs. Napoli's on Common Street was also quite good. Maybe someone out there has the recipe. We have our fingers crossed.

Thanks, Susan

Dear Susan,

Maybe this website will help you. Go to www.retroplanet.com/blog and click on New England Memories. There you will find chat groups talking about the good old days. I saw several in Lawrence.

Good luck with your search,

Pat

Hi Pat,

Thanks for sending the time and temp for the muffins. I did make both recipes this morning, tweaked them a little. With the sour cream muffins I added diced canned peaches and cut down on the sugar, also added flaxseed. They came out great. Did the same with the banana muffins and they came our great too. Will keep in touch as I enjoy your work.

Nina

Dear Nina,

It's great to "tweak" when you cook and make the recipes your own. I am always trying to cut down on processed sugar, and adding flaxseed doesn't alter the taste, while making them heart-healthy. Happy Baking.

Good Morning Pat,

Thank you for sending the recipes, one of which was the Brownie Dessert. Now I am going to go play domesticated husband and make them. Again, thank you.

Jim

Dear Jim, Sounds like you enjoy cooking. That was one of the desserts I made for my family reunion and it was a big hit. More like a dense sour cream chocolate cake even though it's made with a brownie mix.

Dear Readers,

We have the rest of the summer to look forward to. August and September are filled with locally grown produce ready to pick; peaches, blueberries, corn, tomatoes, and zucchini topping the long list. Let me know if you are looking for any specific recipes OR if you care to share one of your favorites with me, I would love it.

Have a great week!

Pat

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