Thursday, 24 December 2009

Holiday Recipe - Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Apologies for the lack of posts this week I had so many plans but the evil weather (it's still snowing in Co Durham),and the Christmas preparations have took their toll.
Still never mind I thought I'd share with you one of my favourite sweetie recipes -a homemade version of Reeses Peanut Butter Cups courtesy of the domestic goddess Nigella Lawson's book Nigella Christmas :) (I can't find the recipe online so I'll type it up for you)

Ingredients

Peanut Layer
50g Dark Soft Brown Sugar
200g Icing Sugar
50g Soft Butter
200g Smooth Peanut Butter (You can use crunchy but the texture will be different)

Topping
200g Milk Chocolate
100g Dark Chocolate
Edible Decorations -I used White Chocolate Snowflakes from ebay, White Chocolate Stars from Morrisions, Gold Icing Stars and Snowflakes, and edible holographic glitter from Jane Asher, and silver and gold chocolate beans from a local deli
40-50 Petit Fours / Sweet Cases - (I got gold ones and Santa's from Jane Asher)

1) Mix together both types of sugar, the butter and the peanut butter using a wooden spoon or an electric whisk (I usually start off slowing with the whisk to avoid the icing sugar flying everywhere)

you should end up with a sticky, sandy paste


2)Roll about a teaspoon of mixture into a ball and press it into the paper cases to form a disc



Repeat till all the mixture is used. I find it easier to chill the mixture a bit first and put a bit of icing sugar on my hands to stop them sticking. This is a long drawn out, repetitive procedure - if you have children they might enjoy doing this too


3) Once you have filled all your cases put both bars of chocolate into a bowl and melt it over a pan of boiling water or in the microwave



4)spoon one tsp of the melted chocolate into each paper case making sure it covers the peanut butter layer (this is again quite repetitive work)


5)Sprinkle or add your decorations stars, snowflakes, glitter etc. the the top of the cup whilst the chocolate is still soft




Voila Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups a la Nigella - these also work just as good with milk or white chocolate toppings if you want to really indulge - enjoy xx

7 comments:

  1. These looks so gooood! I adore reeces buttercups, will be making these on boxing day for the family :D thanks a lot for the recipe

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  2. They look tasty!
    Have a good Christmas!
    xx

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  3. oooh gosh, it's 4 am and this post made me want to eat again!!! They look so yummy! and I'm a sucker for chocolate and peanut butter yum yum!!!!


    Anyway, Merry Christmas Lou :***

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  4. oh my, I *knew* when I saw the title I shouldn't have read this post!!

    I'm travelling up to Co. Durham sometime either this or next week.. it's such a longggg drive! Hope it doesn't snow :o/

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  5. These look & sound amazing. When I was little my Dad travelled to America a lot for work. He used to bring back lots of goodies, but my favourites were Reece's peanut butter chocolate cups. You couldn't get them in the UK back then. These look even better and I can't wait to try them.

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