Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Peanut Butter Brownies with Peanut Butter Icing

Wow- rich is the word. But, if you live for chocolate/peanut butter combos like I do, you will love them!

Peanut Butter Brownies (from a Brownie Recipe book)

1 cup all-purpose, plus additional for the pan
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
12 TBSP unsalted butter, plus additional for the pan, at room temp.
9 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs, at room temp
2 large egg yolks, room temp
1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tsp vanilla

1) position rack in lower third of the oven and preheat to 350 deg. Butter and flour a 9X13 inch baking pan; set it aside

2) In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, salt and baking soda until well combined. Set aside.

3) Place 6 TBSP butter and both kinds of chocolate in the top of a double boiler (or one pan on top of another with water in the bottom pan). Heat and stir until melted and remove from heat. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.

4) Place the granulated sugar and the brown sugar in a large bowl. Beat in one egg at a time, using and electric mixer at medium speed. Once the mixture is smooth, beat in both egg yolks at the same time. Continue beating until the mixture is pale brown and light- about 3 minutes. Beat in the remaining butter 1 TBSP at a time.Continue beating until the mixture is creamy, about 5 minutes. Then, beat in the peanut butter, vanilla and cooled chocolate mixture until smooth, about 2 minutes scraping down sides of bowl as necessary.

5) Stir in the flour mixture just until incorporated. Do not beat, though the batter will be very thick. Spoon batter into prepared pan, spreading it gently to the corners.

6) Bake for 15 minutes, than rap three or four times on the oven rack. Bake for an additional 12 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. Set pan on a wire rack to cool for at least 30 minutes.

Peanut Butter Frosting (from, I followed a commenters suggestions- this is the recipe with the suggestions.) This would also be good on chocolate or Peanut butter cake.

1/2 cup butter
1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 cups confectioners sugar
2-3 TBSP cream (or milk)

In a large bowl, beat butter and peanut butter until light and fluffy. Slowly beat in all of the sugar. Mix in the cream and beat until it is spreading consistency, adding a little more cream only if necessary. Spread on brownies.

Sprinkle with extra chocolate chips if needed.