While out shopping this week I came across a recipe book that caught my eye straight away: Sweet Things! Since I made my first batch of fudge I have been really interested in having a go at making some more sweet things, in particular marshmallows, chocolate truffles and candy canes. After flicking through and making lots of notes on recipes I really want to try out, I decided to start by making some Peanut Butter Cups 🙂
Peanut Butter Cups
You will need:
2oz/50g White Chocolate
3½oz/100g Crunchy Peanut Butter
1 tsp Vanilla Extract/Flavouring
10½oz/300g Milk Chocolate
0.8oz/25g Finely chopped salted peanuts
Let’s get started!
- Begin by lining a 12 mini muffin tray (Or regular if you don’t have one – just be aware that you may need to use a little more chocolate as the cases will have a wider area to spread out).
- Melt the white chocolate carefully in the microwave, or in a bowl over gently simmering water – ensuring that the bowl doesn’t touch the water.
- Add in the crunchy peanut butter and vanilla, stirring until combined and then setting aside.
- Melt the milk chocolate, similarly to the white, until silky and smooth.
- Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.
- Spoon 1-2 tsp of the melted milk chocolate into each mini muffin case, allowing it to spread evenly across the base of the case.
- Using a teaspoon, pick up 1 flattened spoon full of the peanut butter and white chocolate mixture.
- Carefully place a flattened disc onto the chocolate base in each case.
- Ensure the peanut butter/white chocolate disc is flat before spooning 1-2 tsp of milk chocolate over the top to cover.
- Gently tap the tray to spread the chocolate evenly and top with finely chopped salted peanuts before chilling until completely set.
- You are all done! 🙂
I really enjoyed making these peanut butter cups! The recipe was much simpler than I imagined it would be, only taking around 30 minutes before chilling to set. The mixture of milk chocolate and peanut butter has always been a favourite of mine and these definitely didn’t disappoint! You can use a mixture of dark and milk chocolate to coat the peanut butter centre, however I decided to use all milk as I prefer it to dark. One thing to be careful of is the thickness of chocolate on top and bottom of the peanut butter, make sure to keep it as thin as possible.
I didn’t have any loose peanuts so I left the sprinkling of chopped peanuts off the top – which still tasted really nice! However I think the saltiness of the peanuts would add a good contrast to the very sweet mixture of chocolate and peanut butter. If you have never made anything sweet inspired before, I would definitely recommend trying out this recipe as it is really easy, simple and most importantly delicious 🙂
I am very excited to try out some more recipes from my new book!
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