“Mmmm-mmmm!” said Boyfriend, after he ate one of my new brownies; warm from the oven and made with peanut butter and white Belgian chocolate.
I wanted to use up my remaining white Callebaut chocolate, and combine it with peanut butter to make a delicious brownie. I envisioned a layer of peanut butter in the middle but that didn’t work out as expected. It was good, but not what I had planned, so I’ll make this again with a few modifications.
The only brownies that have ever made my heart sing are the gooey cheesecake brownies. I had high hopes for my peanut butter and white chocolate creation.
Good to know before you start: I didn’t use enough flour and I lost track of time while it was baking. The batter had too much liquid, and I’m not sure how long it actually baked, but it was over 30 min. When it came out of the oven it was bubbling at the edges and still liquid, I let it set for 2 hours and prayed it would firm up. I suspect the terrible humidity here is affecting my baking because my chocolate supply (which is stored in a sealed container in the dark) had softened so much I didn’t need to cut it. 0_0
Time required: 2 hours
Cost per brownie: $1.40
Total cost if you have none of the ingredients: $35.00 (add $15.00 for premium vanilla and chocolate)
Special kitchen implements I used:
- baking pan: 8″ x 8″
- 8 oz white Belgian chocolate (equivalent to 8 squares)
- ¾ C smooth peanut butter
- 1¼ C butter, room temp
- 1¼ C granulated white sugar
- 1 C cocoa powder
- ¼ TSP salt
- 2 TSP vanilla
- 2 eggs, room temp
- ½ C flour
1. Pre-heat oven to 177°C / 350°F. Line baking 8″ x 8″ pan with tinfoil and grease.
2. Use serrated blade to chop chocolate, set in sauce pan but do not turn on.
3. In the microwave, melt butter.
4. Mix sugar, cocoa and salt into melted butter; then microwave for 30 seconds and stir until thoroughly combined. Let the mixture cool 5 min.
5. Meanwhile, heat the chocolate on low heat, stirring often until melted.
6. Stir peanut butter into chocolate and remove from heat. Set aside.
7. In the brownie bowl, add eggs one at a time.
8. Add vanilla.
9. When everything is combined add flour.
10. Pour half the batter into the prepared pan.
11. Spread peanut butter mixture on brownie.
12. Pour remaining batter on top. (The chocolate layer refused to stay above the peanut butter, it started sinking and looked awful so I thought what the hell and stirred it up.)
13. Bake 30+ min.
14. Cool 2 hours and slice.
Interestingly the bottom of the brownie has a slight crust, while the centre and top are very chewy. No idea what’s up with that. These look kind of ugly!
Verdict: Needs work. I’m going to take my brownie recipe back to the drawing board, I’m still not really satisfied with it, and that needs to get worked out before I start adding funky stuff like white chocolate and peanut butter. I’ll make this again with a few changes.
I’m not heartbroken over this, wasn’t sure if it would be a grand slam or not. Boyfriend loved this so I’ll consider it a success. This one isn’t going onto my recipe index until it’s perfected.
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