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Granny Nanny's Peanut Butter Pie

1 baked 9-inch pie shell
1 cup powdered sugar
3 egg yolks
1/2 to 3/4 cup peanut butter (she prefers creamy style)
2/3 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 cups milk, scalded
2 Tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 cup cream, whipped

Blend peanut butter and powdered sugar together in a mixing bowl (small) set aside.

Place the egg yolks in the top of a double boiler and beat with an electric mixer until fluffy. Combine the sugar, salt and cornstarch and beat into the yolks. Add the scalded milk and heat until smooth and thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add the butter and vanilla.

Spread two-thirds of the peanut butter mixture in the bottom of the bake pie shell. Pour the hot custard over the peanut butter. Cool. Add the Tablespoon of sugar to the cream and whip. Top the cooled pie with whipped cream and crumble the remaining peanut butter mixture over the top.

Julia Mae Mason Calvert, known to her grandchildren as "Granny Nanny", was born in Denton County in 1905. She was the oldest of 9 girls and played the role of the family's "second" mother all her life. She married her high school sweetheart, Howell W. Calvert, Sr., and had 5 children of their own. They were married for over 60 years, and learning to stretch those dollars and make the most of all the meals became second nature to her. Granny Nanny was always the person people called upon to take food when families were in need. Mae, as her adult friends called her, would travel miles with her trunk loaded down to deliver food to people in time of tragedy, many times not knowing who they were, just that they were hurting and needed some help.

Granny Nanny always had food that she could "throw together" at the last minute to feed visitors, grandkids, and family. Everyone always went home with a "care" package of homemade jellies, peanut butter, canned goods, etc.

She joined her many friends and some family in Heaven on March 2, 1994, and if God assigns duties to His Angels in Heaven, surely Granny Nanny would be assigned to the role of "A Number 1 Cook", keeping all the other Angels happy with all sorts of good eats. Among them would definitely be mouth-watering treats such as Granny Nanny's Peanut Butter Pie and Chicken and Dumplings. ...former innkeeper, Julia Pannell

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