Vegetarian food blog featuring nourishing home cooked recipes, creative baking and luscious chocolate.

Peanut Butter Brownies

4 Star, Brownies & Blondies | 16th September 2012 | By

What cake event is complete without a brownie on offer? Well that’s what I thought anyway. So when it was time for my cake bake for the Book Swap event (some months ago now), it was just a question of what type of brownie to go for. I’d noticed a lot of peanut butter and chocolate combinations on the blogosphere and I’d not used this pairing since I made peanut butter blondies over a couple of years ago and before that peanut butter cupcakes. Both had worked well, so peanut butter brownies it was going to be. I based my recipe on one I had seen on the BBC ‘s Good Food site. Since then of course, I’ve also made caramelised banana and peanut butter cake and peanut butter cookies.

This is how I did it:

  • Melted about 2/3 of a 340g jar of non sweetened peanut butter in a large pan over a low heat.
  • Added a good glug of roasted peanut oil.
  • Added 300g dark muscovado sugar and stirred.
  • Added 150g dark chocolate (G&B 72% Cook’s Chocolate) and left to melt.
  • Stirred it all together until well combined.
  • Beat in 3 duck eggs, one by one.
  • Stirred in 100g wholemeal flour.
  • Poured into a 9″ sq cake mould and leveled out.
  • Melted a tbsp of peanut butter in a clean pan with a small glug of roasted peanut oil.
  • Dribbled this over the top of the brownie mixture.
  • Baked at 180C for 20 minutes.
  • Melted 40g of milk chocolate (G&B 37% Cook’s Chocolate) and using a spoon, drizzled this over the top of the cooked brownie in a random fashion.
  • Left to cool.
  • Cut into 16 pieces.
They were indeed very good and proved to be popular. Luckily, I managed to save one for CT and snaffle one for myself.
This month’s random letter for Alpha Bakes happens to be P for Peanut Butter Brownies of course. Alpha Bakes is hosted this month by Caroline Makes and is co-hosted on alternate months by Ros of The More Than Occasional Baker.

Comments

  1. Leave a Reply

    Laura loves cakes
    16th September 2012

    There’s definitely lots of peanut butter and chocolate recipes about at the moment…but I have to confess I’ve never baked with peanut butter…perhaps I ought to give it a try! These look delicious and make me think of a snickers bar…I bet they were gone in no time! 🙂

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      16th September 2012

      Thanks Laura. As long as your OK to eat peanuts and you like them, I’d say baking with peanut butter is a must try.

  2. Leave a Reply

    Charlotte Charlotte'sKitchenDiary
    16th September 2012

    Wow Choclette, these look absolutely delectable. As you know I have baked peanut butter blondies before, so very keen to give a dark chocolate version a go! Another of your lovely recipes is bookmarked here!

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      16th September 2012

      Thanks Charlotte, these were really good, but I think the blondies might just win the contest 😉

  3. Leave a Reply

    Chris
    16th September 2012

    What shall I say. I luv it. Would try it right away, if I had all the ingredients at home.

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      16th September 2012

      Are you saying you have NO peanut butter or even worse NO chocolate Chris?

  4. Leave a Reply

    Rachel - Mozart's Girl
    16th September 2012

    Delish! This is one of my favourite combinations….these are also gorgeous with about 100g roughly chopped salted peanuts stirred through (I use the ‘value’ kind as they are smaller & cheaper!) Lovely to be reminded, thanks – hope you’re having a great weekend! x

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      16th September 2012

      Thanks Rachel. Good idea, will try that sometime. I have tried them with crunchy peanut butter which also gives a good crunchy texture. Having a good tidying up weekend. Just about to start cooking now as friends coming around for dinner.

  5. Leave a Reply

    Chele
    16th September 2012

    Oh Lordy! Going to have to keep this one a secret from Hubby or his diet will be right out the window …

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      16th September 2012

      Ha ha Chele, dieting is a nightmare if you live with a good baker 😉

  6. Leave a Reply

    belleau kitchen
    16th September 2012

    they just look so good… we’ve just been to the Harrogate flower show and they had some wonderful ideas for brownies such as Terry’s Chocolate Orange and Malteser but none where a patch on these… gorgeous!

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      17th September 2012

      Now why is it Kath, that as much as I love veg, heaven generally the word I associate with them, but brownies – you’ve got it in one.

  7. Leave a Reply

    thelittleloaf
    17th September 2012

    Peanut butter and chocolate is such a classic combination – these look absolutely delicious.

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      17th September 2012

      I’m having a bit of a love affair with peanut butter and chocolate at the moment.

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      17th September 2012

      Alida, that is astonishing. It’s such a common thing to put on toast over here, I guess it’s not in Italy?

  8. Leave a Reply

    Recipe Junkie
    17th September 2012

    I do love the good food website – I get loads of inspiration there. These look gorgeous. I love peanut butter

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      17th September 2012

      You’re right, it has loads of good stuff there, but I so rarely think to look.

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      18th September 2012

      Peanut butter in brownies or blondies should be tried at least once 😉

  9. Leave a Reply

    leaf (the indolent cook)
    17th September 2012

    I’m loving the ingredients in these brownies. The use of duck eggs in particular sounds like it would make it extra rich and luxurious!

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      18th September 2012

      I try to bake with duck eggs when I can get them. They are quite seasonal though and I’ve been unable to get them for a few weeks now.

  10. Leave a Reply

    Hazel - Chicken in a Cherry Sauce
    17th September 2012

    Peanut butter in brownies sounds heavenly – I don’t know why I have never tried it before. Your finishing touch of drizzled chocolate has made these look beautiful!

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      18th September 2012

      Thank you Hazel. Drizzled chocolate usually adds a touch of elegance, even on a good old fashioned brownie!

  11. Leave a Reply

    laura@howtocookgoodfood
    17th September 2012

    I am interested in the roasted peanut oil, need to find some. Does it have a good pea nutty smell?? I happen to love choc & peanut butter together . Such a perfect combination xx

  12. Leave a Reply

    Phil in the Kitchen
    17th September 2012

    Delicious – that’s a taste combination I’d never turn down. I love peanut butter in baking, but, for some reason, I can’t stand it on its own.

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      18th September 2012

      I don’t think you are alone their Phil. It’s probably something to do with the oily quality which can make it seem too rich, but is absorbed when incorporated into baking?

  13. Leave a Reply

    Zoe
    17th September 2012

    These PB wholemeal brownies look superb and heavenly. Yum!

    This is my first time visiting your blog and I’m now “lost” in your wonderful collection of baking recipes. I’m now following at your blog, Twitter and Pinterest.

    Zoe

    • Leave a Reply

      Choclette
      18th September 2012

      Thank you for your kind comment Zoe and thanks for following everything too. I usually make brownies with wholemeal flour as it’s lost in the dense chewiness and it makes me feel as though I’m getting some goodness out of a decadent treat.

  14. Leave a Reply

    Miss C Flash
    19th September 2012

    Peanut butter and chocolate is a wonderful combination, nothing quite beats is. Your brownies look delish x

  15. Leave a Reply

    Caroline
    23rd September 2012

    I love peanut butter – actually, I’m not that keen on it on toast but in baking and especially paired with chocolate it’s delicious! So I was very pleased to see this in the Alphabakes inbox!

Leave a Comment toMaria Zioga

You can use these HTML tags:
<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>