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Peanut Butter Brownies

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.

44 Comments

  1. Laura loves cakes

    16th September 2012 at 8:28 am

    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! 🙂

    Reply
    • Choclette

      16th September 2012 at 12:09 pm

      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.

      Reply
  2. Charlotte Charlotte'sKitchenDiary

    16th September 2012 at 9:39 am

    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!

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    • Choclette

      16th September 2012 at 12:16 pm

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

      Reply
  3. Chele

    16th September 2012 at 11:24 am

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

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    • Choclette

      16th September 2012 at 12:45 pm

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

      Reply
  4. Chris

    16th September 2012 at 10:43 am

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

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    • Choclette

      16th September 2012 at 12:17 pm

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

      Reply
  5. Rachel - Mozart's Girl

    16th September 2012 at 11:07 am

    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

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    • Choclette

      16th September 2012 at 12:43 pm

      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.

      Reply
  6. At Anna's kitchen table

    16th September 2012 at 12:03 pm

    My favourite pairing ever is chocolate with peanut butter!! I’m not to be trusted around them. Seriously.

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    • Choclette

      16th September 2012 at 12:46 pm

      Thanks Anna, they are very hard to resist!

      Reply
  7. Angie's Recipes

    16th September 2012 at 12:48 pm

    o my peanut butter and chocolate..that’s just heavenly!

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    • Choclette

      17th September 2012 at 7:53 pm

      Angie, it’s such a hard combination to resist.

      Reply
  8. belleau kitchen

    16th September 2012 at 2:32 pm

    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!

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    • Choclette

      17th September 2012 at 7:54 pm

      Dom, you are such a charmer – it works too 😉

      Reply
  9. Kath

    16th September 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Mmmmmm, heaven.

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    • Choclette

      17th September 2012 at 7:56 pm

      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.

      Reply
  10. thelittleloaf

    17th September 2012 at 6:33 am

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

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    • Choclette

      17th September 2012 at 7:58 pm

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

      Reply
  11. mylittleitaliankitchen

    17th September 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Do you know I have never tried peanut butter and you really tempt me here. Wonderful looking brownies.

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    • Choclette

      17th September 2012 at 8:35 pm

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

      Reply
  12. Recipe Junkie

    17th September 2012 at 12:50 pm

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

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    • Choclette

      17th September 2012 at 8:36 pm

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

      Reply
  13. All That I'm Eating

    17th September 2012 at 3:17 pm

    I love chocolate and peanuts together but haven’t tried brownies, yours look lovely.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      18th September 2012 at 8:04 am

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

      Reply
  14. leaf (the indolent cook)

    17th September 2012 at 3:27 pm

    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!

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    • Choclette

      18th September 2012 at 8:21 am

      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.

      Reply
  15. Kit @ i-lostinausten

    17th September 2012 at 7:51 pm

    YUM! Great combo that just makes me melt! I just can’t say no to PB! 🙂

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    • Choclette

      18th September 2012 at 8:23 am

      Thanks Kit, PB seems to be a very popular ingredient.

      Reply
  16. Hazel - Chicken in a Cherry Sauce

    17th September 2012 at 8:52 pm

    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!

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    • Choclette

      18th September 2012 at 8:26 am

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

      Reply
  17. laura@howtocookgoodfood

    17th September 2012 at 8:57 pm

    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

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  18. Phil in the Kitchen

    17th September 2012 at 11:13 pm

    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.

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    • Choclette

      18th September 2012 at 8:41 am

      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?

      Reply
  19. Zoe

    17th September 2012 at 11:27 pm

    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

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    • Choclette

      18th September 2012 at 8:45 am

      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.

      Reply
  20. Miss C Flash

    19th September 2012 at 3:36 pm

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

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    • Choclette

      20th September 2012 at 2:09 pm

      Thank you Miss F, I believe it’s a hard to beat combination.

      Reply
  21. Caroline

    23rd September 2012 at 12:02 pm

    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!

    Reply
  22. Maria Zioga

    30th September 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Just two words : Pining Them!!! 🙂

    Reply
  23. Maya Russell

    16th February 2013 at 7:17 am

    Peanut butter and chocolate is the best combination ever!

    Reply
  24. mummy24

    10th March 2013 at 9:20 am

    Great combination- these would be amazing!

    Reply

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