May 5, 2010

For When You NEED Chocolate and Peanut Butter

If you only have small amount of time and need a quick but impressive treat, this will not disappoint. The most time consuming part is chopping the chocolate, which can be circumvented by using bittersweet chips.

Peanut butter brownies
5 T butter
1 C granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 t vanilla
1/2 C all purpose flour
1 C peanut butter
1/4 t baking powder

In a pan over low heat, heat butter until melted. Remove from heat and stir in sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour, peanut butter and baking powder until smoothly blended. Evenly spread batter in a buttered and floured 8-inch square pan.

Bake in 350°F oven until edges feel firm to touch and begin to turn a shade darker, 25 to 30 minutes (My oven takes about 18 minutes)

Ganache topping
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate
2/3 C heavy cream
2 T butter, room temperature

Chop the chocolate and transfer it to a heatproof bowl. Heat the cream until simmering and pour it over the chocolate. Let it sit for one minute and then stir until smooth. Add the butter and stir until combined. Cool.

Top brownies with (relatively) cooled ganache. Enjoy!

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