Chocolate Peanut Butter Bavarian Cream Pie

April means Paul’s birthday!

Paul’s birthday means some kind of chocolate and peanut butter concoction.

This year, he asked for Bavarian Cream Pie, and more specifically a with a Peanut Butter Bavarian Cream and a Chocolate crust.

However, any recipe I found did not include peanut butter anywhere, and I looked, hard. I finally decided to use a recipe for plain Bavarian Cream pie, and then add my own spin, so I am considering this recipe an original, because I changed it (fairly) significantly.

The original recipe is from this website, and I included all of my changes in the recipe below. I’m going to keep this post short, and sweet, kind of like this pie!

Happy Birthday to my love, Paul!

Ingredients

Yield: 1 9 inch pie

For the crust:

1½ c. chocolate cookie crumbs
1/3 c. sugar
1/3 c. butter, melted

For the filling:

1 pkg. unflavoured gelatin
¼ c. cold water
3 eggs, yolks and whites separated
½ c. sugar
¼ tsp. salt
1 c. milk, scalded
1/3 c. creamy peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. heavy cream

To make the crust, spray a 9 inch plate with non-stick spray. In a medium bowl, combine the chocolate cookie crumbs, sugar, and melted butter. Press evenly into the pie plate, around the bottom and up the sides. Set aside.

To make the filling, whip the heavy cream in the bowl of a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, until thick whipped cream. Transfer to a bowl, and place in the refrigerator to stay cold.

In a small bowl, add the cold water and sprinkle the gelatin over the water to soften. Set aside.

In a heat-proof bowl over a double boiler, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar, salt, and the milk until thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon.

Mix the gelatin mixture and peanut butter into the egg yolk mixture, and whisk until smooth and well-combined. Remove from heat, and let cool until slightly thickened.

In the bowl of a mixer that is completely dry, clean, and grease-free, whip the egg whites until stiff peaks, but not completely dry.

Fold the whipped cream, vanilla and the whipped egg whites into the egg yolk mixture until smooth. Pour into the prepared crust.

Refrigerate until set.

If desired, garnish with peanut butter and chocolate chip ganache. (A 1:1 ratio of heavy cream and peanut butter or chocolate chips, heated together and whisked until smooth)

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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Scones

These scones are the perfect breakfast or brunch treat! They have peanut butter in the dough, as well as in the glaze, so there is a savoury bite that goes perfectly with the sweetness of the chocolate.

It’s been a wild ride over here, as my school gears up for Exam Week and my students are going to be writing Diploma exams, so I’ve been a stress case for a few weeks. Darn it, you know you care when you stress just as much about the exam as your students do!

Anything chocolate peanut butter is a staple in our house, and these were no exception. Paul gobbled them up, and I did too, because come on, it’s chocolate and peanut butter! Match made in heaven.

These scones were also very simple to make, and the original recipe, found here, did not require any changes. This is also probably going to be a short post, because I have a lot to do to prepare for my next semester!

All I can say (and all I need to), is to go make these!

Ingredients

Yield: 8 scones

For the scones:

2 c. flour
½ c. sugar
1 tbsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
½ c. butter, cold
1/3 c. peanut butter (I used chunky for the scones)
1 egg
¼ c. sour cream
2 tbsp. milk
2 tsp. vanilla
1 c. chocolate chips

For the glaze:

½ c. icing sugar
2 tbsp peanut butter (I used smooth for the glaze)
3-4 tsp. milk

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat baking mat.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. With a pastry blender, cut in the butter and peanut butter until well-incorporated.

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the egg, sour cream, milk, and vanilla. Add to the dry ingredients with the chocolate chips. Stir gently until barely combined. Pat the dough together in the bowl, then turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Form the dough into a circle about 8 inches wide.

Cut into 8 wedges, and place on the prepared baking sheet, about 1 inch apart. Bake in the preheated oven for about 12 minutes, or until golden brown.

Cool on cooling rack while making the glaze.

For the glaze, in a small bowl, whisk together the icing sugar, peanut butter, and milk to make a glaze. Add more milk for a thinner consistency, and less for thicker consistency. Put into a small icing bag, or a small ziplock bag with the corner cut. Drizzle the glaze on top of the warm scones.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffle Filled Peanut Butter Cookies

These cookies are amazing! I found the original recipe here on Pinterest, and actually made a few tweaks. The original recipe had truffle filling that used peanut butter and butterscotch chips. I didn’t have butterscotch chips, so I substituted chocolate chips, and I’m so glad I did!

These became a chocolate peanut butter lovers’ dream! Paul was a huge fan of them, and not going to lie, they are AMAZING with tea (or in Paul’s case) coffee, or a huge glass of milk!

These are decadent, and absolutely phenomenal. They go with just about anything. I honestly don’t have too much to say about these, but they were the inaugural baking experiment in the new house, and they turned out splendidly!

Try them out, and you won’t be disappointed either!

Ingredients

Yield: 2 dozen cookies

For the truffle filling:

1 c. butterscotch or chocolate chips
¼ c. creamy peanut butter

For the cookies:

½ c. butter, softened
1 c. creamy peanut butter
1 c. brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 2/3 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
¼ c. sugar (optional)

To make the truffle filling, place the peanut butter and the chocolate or butterscotch chips in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each microwave session until smooth and well-combined.

Refrigerate 10-15 minutes until mixture is cooled and thick enough to scoop. Scoop into tablespoon-sized balls, and refrigerate on a sheet of parchment paper until cookie dough is ready.

To make the cookies, preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter, peanut butter, and brown sugar together on high speed until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla until combined.

Add in the flour, baking soda, and salt and continue to beat on low until mixture forms a dough.

To assemble the cookies, scoop out about two tablespoons of dough, and form around the truffle filling. Wrap around filling, and make sure dough is fully covering filling.

**If desired, roll cookies in sugar before baking.**

Place on baking sheet, and flatten slightly. Repeat with remaining truffle filling and dough.

Bake cookies for 9-10 minutes, or until cookies are puffed and edges are set. Allow to set on baking sheet for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

 

No-Bake Chocolate Oat Bars

This summer has been a hot one! I haven’t wanted to turn on the oven at all (can you blame me?) because we don’t have air conditioning. Every time I turn on the oven, the whole house heats up and becomes some sort of hellish heat-sink.

These are a great alternative to a baked dessert. They don’t take a lot of time to whip up, and they are delicious, and simple. Mine didn’t turn out exactly like the original post, because I overestimated the amount of oatmeal, and put a bit too much on the bottom, so there was a thin layer of oatmeal on the top.

I’m not going to waste your time in this heat wave! Go make these, because they are easy, quick, and taste amazing!

Ingredients

Yield: 12-16 bars (depending on cut size)

1 c. butter
½ c. brown sugar, packed
1 tsp. vanilla
3 c. rolled oats
½ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. salt
1 c. chocolate chips
¾ c. chunky peanut butter

Line an 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper and set aside.

In a medium saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar, and vanilla. Heat over low heat until butter melts and sugar dissolves.

Add the oats, cinnamon, and salt. Cook, stirring constantly, for 4 to 5 minutes. Take off the heat.

Pour half of the oat mixture into the pan, spread out evenly, and press down.

In a small, microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips and peanut butter. Microwave on 20 second increments, stirring constantly, until smooth and combined. Pour 4/5 of the chocolate mixture over the oatmeal.

Top with the remaining oats, then drizzle the remaining chocolate over the top of the oats. Refrigerate for 4 hours, or until set, then slice, and serve.

Peanut Butter Smore’s Cake

Well, April has flown by. It’s crazy how fast the month passed. It probably helped a bit that in the middle of the month, I had a week off of school for Easter holidays. The week off was fantastic, mainly because Paul and I spent it in Jamaica! It was our six-month-delayed honeymoon.
Ahh, it was fantastic. Sun, sand, and all the jerk chicken we could eat! Paul even brought jerk spices home so he could try to replicate the Jamaican Jerk flavour. It’s smoky and spicy and absolutely delicious. Either way, the day after we got back was Paul’s birthday! We didn’t do too much the day of, just went to brunch with a friend, but I didn’t get a chance to make Paul a birthday cake last week.

THIS week, however, I had some time, and when I asked Paul earlier in the week what he wanted as a birthday cake (I had been asking him regularly for the last month and a half) he said “I’ve had lots of time to think about it, and I’ve decided I want a Peanut Butter Smore’s Cake.” The matter was settled.

I decided to go straight to Pinterest, because I had quite a few pins on my various dessert boards, and settled on this recipe for a Smore’s cake. I did make a few changes of my own, and it turned out FANTASTICALLY. I added peanut butter into the cake batter, which made it a little thicker, but still worked. I also made homemade peanut butter and chocolate marshmallows to use as garnish (those recipes are coming, I promise!). Paul was so excited about the concept I came up with he refused to even try the marshmallows, which were finished first. He said he didn’t want to ruin the whole cake experience.

So, this cake is a peanut butter graham cracker cake, a whipped chocolate ganache filling, homemade marshmallow fluff frosting, chocolate ganache drizzle, and homemade peanut butter and chocolate marshmallows. Of course, I also toasted the marshmallow frosting and the marshmallows on top, because smore’s. I’ll put everything below except for the marshmallow recipes, because I’ll post those a little later.

Okay, I won’t torment you any more. To cake!

Ingredients

Yield: 1 9-inch triple layer cake

For the cake:

2¼ c. flour
2¼ c. graham cracker crumbs
1½ tsp. baking powder
¾ tsp. baking soda
1½ tsp. salt
1 c. peanut butter (creamy or crunchy works, I used half and half)
1½ c. butter, at room temperature
1½ c. brown sugar
¾ c. sugar
6 eggs
1½ c. buttermilk
3 tsp. vanilla

For the ganache filling:

12 oz. milk or semi-sweet chocolate
6 oz. heavy whipping cream

For the marshmallow fluff frosting:

1/3 c. water
¾ c. sugar
¾ c. light corn syrup
3 large egg whites, at room temperature
½ tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. vanilla

For the ganache drizzle:

10 oz. milk or semi-sweet chocolate
5 oz. heavy whipping cream

To make the cake, preheat the oven to 350° F. Line cake pans with parchment paper or Miracle Cake Release.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and peanut butter until combined and fluffy. Add the sugars and beat again. Add in the eggs, one at a time, and vanilla, beating after each addition.

Add the flour mixture and the buttermilk in small increments to the wet ingredients, beating after each addition. Begin and end with flour additions. Beat to combine, but do not overmix. Separate the batter evenly between the prepared pans, and bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Remove from oven and let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing from pan and cooling completely.

To make the whipped ganache filling, chop chocolate and place into a heat-proof bowl. Heat the cream, on the stovetop or in the microwave, until hot, but not boiling or scalded. Pour the cream over the chocolate, let stand for 2-3 minutes, then whisk together into a smooth consistency.

Place the ganache in the refrigerator until cooled and thickened, but still soft. Transfer to a mixer bowl fitted with a whisk attachment, and whip until the ganache gets fluffy and lightens in colour, about 2 minutes.

To make the marshmallow fluff, combine the water, sugar, and corn syrup in a saucepan with a candy thermometer attached. Whisk to combine, and heat over medium-high heat. Do not stir the mixture any more.

In a completely grease-free mixer bowl with the whisk attachment, place the egg whites and cream of tartar. When the sugar syrup reaches 225° F, start whipping the egg whites to soft peaks.

When the sugar syrup reaches 240° F, take it off the heat and slowly start adding it to the egg whites in a thin, steady stream. Once all of the syrup is added to the egg whites, turn the mixer to medium-high and continue whipping.

Continue to whip for 7-8 minutes, or until the mixture looks stiff and glossy. Add the vanilla and whip until the fluff has cooled.

 

To assemble the cake, trim all uneven edges or tops to flat layers.

Place one layer of cake on a cake stand, then top with half of the whipped chocolate ganache. Spread the ganache evenly, then top with the second layer of cake. Cover the second cake layer with the rest of the chocolate ganache, and spread evenly. Top with third layer of cake. Put in the refrigerator for the ganache to firm up.

Once the whipped chocolate ganache is firm, spread the marshmallow fluff over the top and sides of the cake. It is okay if it looks messy, because it will be topped with more chocolate and torched.

After the marshmallow fluff is on the cake, torch the fluff with a brulee torch so it looks toasted.

Drizzle the chocolate ganache sauce over top of the marshmallow fluff, and top with chocolate and peanut butter marshmallows for garnish. Toast the marshmallow garnish if desired.