Today is National Chocolate Day. Today I am posting a chocolate recipe in memory of Joan from Chocolate, Chocolate, and More. The food blogging community is very close and we were all saddened to hear that Joan passed away suddenly last week. She was a healthy 49 year old that went to bed with a stomachache and died in her sleep due to a heart attack. Joan was a single mother of 3 children, the youngest being 14.
I was so saddened to hear of Joan’s passing. While I have not met Joan in real life, I have known her online for over 3 years. I first became aware of Joan and her delicious recipes when we participated in the same monthly food challenge in my first year of blogging. I learned that Joan loved chocolate and I started becoming a follower of her blog. Later that year Joan participated in the first Online Blog Conference with me. She was a huge help to everyone and was always around to answer questions and support everyone else.
I was so excited when I signed up for BlogHer Food 2015 and saw that she was going to be speaking at the conference. She had grown her Facebook page to over 2 million followers and was asked to speak about Facebook at the conference. This was the session I was most excited about. I also couldn’t wait to finally meet Joan in person at the conference. She will be greatly missed at the conference next week and in the blogging community.
It was Joan’s hope that her blog and dream would continue after she passed and would continue as a means of support for her children. Her sister posted that she and Joan’s cousin will be working to continue the blog. Keep visiting Joan’s blog and keep making her recipes, not only to remember her but to also help support her children.
This weekend I decided to bake in memory of Joan and knew that I had to make something with chocolate. One of her posts of a Brownie Pie actually gave me the idea to combine brownies with my favorite pie, peanut butter pie to create one fantastic dessert. This reminds me of a peanut butter cup as there is brownie on the bottom, peanut butter pie in the middle, and chocolate ganache on top.
Joan liked to make a lot of her recipes from scratch. You all know that I always like to take the easy way out, so I used a brownie mix to make the brownie part. If you are looking to make the brownie from scratch, use Joan’s Brownie Pie recipe instead.
This Peanut Butter Brownie Pie is so decadent and tasted amazing. This is the perfect dessert and combines some of my favorite desserts into one. I made this in a 10 inch springform pan so that I can take it out of the pan but feel free to make it in a regular pie plate.
My husband loves brownies and peanut butter pie and I usually make him one of the two for Thanksgiving since he doesn’t like a lot of other desserts. He loved this dessert and I plan on making this for Thanksgiving for him. It may look rich, but that flavors all balance each other out really well.
I seriously think that this is one of the best desserts that I have ever made. The brownie and peanut butter pie go perfectly together and the ganache is perfect on top. This is one of those type of desserts that I had to close my eyes while eating because it was that good and I had to savor every bite.
Please celebrate Joan’s life and love for chocolate by following along on Twitter and Instagram using #ChocolateForJoan. Please continue to visit Joan’s blog and make her recipes. I thought that I would share a few of my favorites with you. Thanks!