Thursday, 28 February 2013

I am a little bit addicted to peanut butter

Okay, maybe that's an understatement, that's like saying Jackie Stallone overdid the plastic surgery a little bit.

I love the stuff. It's my dad's fault, at a young age my dad introduced me to peanut butter and cucumber sandwiches (do not knock it until you've tried it) the salty, slight sweetness of the thick peanut butter, mixed with the fresh, crisp, crunch of a slice of cucumber... ahhhh heaven. As a 23 year old I still have this sandwich ever so often because as you know I love nostalgia and any excuse to revisit old memories whilst eating peanut butter (WIN!)
I don't just love eating peanut butter, I enjoy cooking with it. Give me a recipe with peanut butter in it and I'll be your friend for life (Slice of Barnes I'm looking at you!). From making my own tahini paste (peanut butter and sesame oil), to making chicken satay to my "All American Cookies" (chunks of white, dark and milk chocolate and lots of peanut butter). I still have yet to make my own peanut butter from scratch (perhaps another blog in the making??? Oooo I AM getting inspired)
Anyhoo whilst discussing with the lovely Slice of Barnes about our love of peanut butter (and David Beckham) I discovered a peanut butter brownie recipe. Oh. My. Gawd.

I made baked goods for my work colleagues to support my Louis participating in Movember and as some of my work mates are a bit peanut butter obssessed too, I decided this would be a killer recipe!
Ingredients you will need:-
  • 225g crunchy peanut butter
  • 200g bar dark chocolate , broken into pieces
  • 280g caster sugar
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 100g self-raising flour

1. Set aside 50g each of the peanut butter and chocolate. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line a 20cm square baking tin with baking parchment. Gently melt remaining peanut butter, chocolate and all the sugar in a pan, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has just about melted. Turn off heat and use a wooden spoon to beat in the eggs one by one. Stir in the flour and scrape into the tin.

2. Melt reserved peanut butter in the microwave on High for 45 secs, then drizzle over the brownie. Bake for 20-25 mins until it has a crust, but the middle still seems slightly uncooked.

3. Melt reserved chocolate, drizzle over the brownie, then cool in the tin before cutting into squares.

This recipe was damn well easy and I knocked it up rather quickly and my colleagues are currently mumbling incoherent delights as they get crumbs over my desk! I of course HAD to try a square and it is so delicious the little pockets of melted peanut butter are absolutely genius. I think next time though I will melt milk chocolate on the top to add some extra decadence.
Here are the finished brownies:

I mean, just LOOK at these bad boys.....

Have you experiemented with peanut butter, better yet is there anyone that DOESN'T like peanut butter?

Let me know, and if you try the recipe I want some too!

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