Thursday, April 28, 2011

Peanut Butter Truffle Brownies

Before I get to these amazing brownies, I would just like to remind everyone that Bloggers Bake for Hope bake sale starts next Wednesday, May 4th.  All profits go to Susan G Komen for the Cure.  You only have three days to bid, the sale ends the end of the day Friday, May 6th.  Take a look at what's for sale by clicking here.  It's a great cause, and you'll get to experience the baking of some amazing bloggers!  Let me know if you have any questions, I'll remind you next week too :)
Now - the brownies.  As you all know, I enjoy anything with peanut butter and chocolate, brownies are a pretty great addition too.  This is like a peanut butter cup with a brownie on the bottom instead of a layer of chocolate.  Yes, please rush to your kitchen and make these now, you'll love them.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.  Butter the bottom and sides of a 9x13 inch baking pan.  Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the paper extend up the sides of the pan and butter the parchment paper.  This will allow you to remove the brownies from the pan much easier.  In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, melt the butter.
 Remove from heat and add the sugar and stir to combine.  I poured the butter into a bowl before I added the sugar, because my pan wasn't large enough to work with. 
Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined.
Mix in cocoa, baking powder and salt.
Finally add the flour and stir until just combined with no streaks of dry ingredients left. 
Pour into prepared pan and spread evenly.  Bake for around 25 minutes. 
After they were finished in the oven I left the brownies to cool in the pan for around 20 minutes, then took them out using the parchment paper and left on a cooling rack for probably another half hour.
While the brownies are cooling, make the peanut butter filling.  In a bowl with an electric mixer or stand mixer, combine the ingredients and beat until smooth.  Add more milk if necessary to allow you to spread it on top of the brownies. 
Spread the peanut butter filling in an even layer over the brownies.  Place in the fridge for around 30 minutes to allow the filling to set.
While filling is setting in the fridge, make the genache.  Combine the ingredients in a double broiler or in the microwave using a microwave safe bowl.  Melt together and combine.  Then pour the genache over the top of the peanut butter layer.
Spread evenly and gently.  Then return to the fridge for another 20 minutes or so, until set.  The chocolate will get hard, that's when you know it's ready! 
I sliced them into a "two bite" piece.  They're very rich, so I would make sure you don't cut them into huge pieces.  Most people will probably only be able to handle a few bites at a time.  I, on the other hand, could handle the whole batch at one time.  These were the perfect chocolate/peanut butter combination.  The brownie tasted great, and the peanut butter layer was soft and creamy.  If you read through the steps, you'll see these aren't a quick dessert to make, they take some time.  It is so worth the wait, and I got a lot of compliments on them.  Get your sweet tooth ready and enjoy!

Peanut Butter Truffle Brownies
Adapted from: Sweet Pea's Kitchen
Brownies:
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
3 teaspoons vanilla
2/3 cup cocoa powder
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoons baking powder

Peanut Butter Filling:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1-3 teaspoons milk

Genache Topping:
1/4 cup peanut butter
2 cups chocolate chips
1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Butter the bottom and sides of a 9x13 inch baking dish.
Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, and allow it to extend up the two sides.
Butter the parchment paper as well.
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter.
Remove from the heat and add the sugar, stir to combine.
Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined.
Mix in cocoa, baking powder and salt. 
Add flour and stir until just combined and there aren't any streaks of dry ingredients.
Pour into prepared pan and spread evenly.
Bake for around 25 minutes, and let cool completely.
While the brownies are cooling, make the peanut butter filling.
In a bowl with a mixer combine the ingredients and beat until smooth.
Add more milk if necessary to be spreadable.
Spread in an even layer over the brownies.
Place in the fridge until filling is set, around 30 minutes.
While the filling is setting make the genache.
Combine the ingredients in a double broiler or in a microwave safe bowl.
Melt together and combine.
Pour the genache over the top of the peanut butter filling and spread gently.
Return to the fridge for another 20 minutes, until set.



8 comments:

  1. wow, these look sinful :) but I love em!

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  2. Thank you Marnely! They're very tasty, and worth the time it takes to make them. Thank you for stopping by, I hope you continue to read :)

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  3. You can't get more indulgent than peanut butter and chocolate. Delicious!

    I'd like to invite you to share this recipe on my weekly link-up, Sweet Tooth Friday. I hope to see you there. http://alli-n-son.com/2011/04/28/mint-infused-plum-tarte-tatin/

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  4. wow this looks great too!! i am baking my way through a cookbook right now but i'm going to put this on my list of things i want to bake and do a little repost if you don't mind!

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  5. Allison - Thank you for the suggestion, I submitted a couple of my posts! I'm also following you on twitter now. Thank you for stopping by, please come back soon :)

    EIW - Baking your way through a cookbook sounds very interesting. I'm adding your blog to my favorites so I can follow you. If you try the recipe and post about it please let me know, I'd love to read what you think about the brownies :) I hope you keep reading!

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  6. Hello! I have a linky party going on at my blog called A Themed Baker's Sunday and this weeks theme is Chocolate! I'd love for you to join!
    http://cupcakeapothecary.blogspot.com/2011/05/themed-bakers-sunday-3.html
    Alyssa

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  7. Alyssa - Thank you for the invitation. I've linked a couple of my posts on your blog. Hope you continue to stop by and read :)

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  8. Hi! Just stopping by to let you know I featured you on my blog! Have a great week!! :)

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