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Peanut Butter Cups

handmade peanut butter cups by The Culinary ChaseWhen I was little, I wasn’t a huge fan of candy. Mom always had her candy drawer fully stocked but I was never that enticed to ‘snatch’ something from it – unless it was red licorice.

  Every Christmas mom would have boxes of Ganong chocolates that would get distributed throughout the holiday season.  I would try to see which chocolate I could eat based on the diagram on the box.  If it looked like a mushy center or alcohol based, I would avoid it like the plague.  And, I would take a small corner bite just to make sure it was the one.  If it wasn’t, I would neatly place it back in the wrapper!  I can distinctly remember checking my Christmas stocking for goodies and hoping I wouldn’t find any ribbon candy in it…I know they were pretty and nostalgic-looking but that was it.  I would use it as a bartering tool later on with my other siblings (sorry mom).  Nothing much has changed since then.  I’ve long since moved away from milk chocolate (eww) and favor dark chocolate.  Visit Women’s Health Magazine for 9 health benefits of eating dark chocolate (at least 70 percent cacao).

Makes 12
adapted from Fifteen Spatulas

16 oz. dark chocolate (70%), chopped
1/2 cup creamy natural peanut butter
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 cup sifted icing sugar

Fill a muffin tin with 12 cupcake liners. Melt half the chocolate either in a double boiler. Distribute melted chocolate between the cupcake liners by barely filling the bottom of each. I found that using a tablespoon helped. If the chocolate does not lie flat, drop the pan repeatedly on the counter until it is flatten and smooth. Place the pan in the freezer for 15 minutes.

peanut butter cups collage by The Culinary ChaseMeanwhile, using a hand mixer whip the peanut butter, butter, and icing sugar together until light in color. At this point, do a taste test to make sure the sweetness is to your liking. Place small tablespoons of peanut butter into each cup, then drop the pan repeatedly on the counter again, so the peanut butter layer is flattened out. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes.

Melt the last 1/2 of chocolate, and portion small spoonfuls of chocolate into the cups, one cup at a time, immediately dropping the pan repeatedly on the counter to flatten each cup. Do this for each cup as the chill from the peanut butter will harden the top layer of chocolate very quickly. Place the peanut butter cups in the freezer for 15 minutes to set the top layer of chocolate.

The Culinary Chase’s Note: Once you make your own, it will be difficult to go back to a commercial form. Keep the peanut butter cups in the fridge otherwise the filling will be too soft if left out at room temperature of any length of time. I’ll make these again but using less chocolate on the bottom and top…my gauge was a bit off making the top too thick but not too thick to enjoy.  My husband is not a fan of peanut butter but when he tried this, he was hooked.  Enjoy!

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About Heather Chase

The Culinary Chase was coined by my husband whilst in a coffee shop in Hong Kong back in 2006. We wanted something that would be a play on my last name and by the time we finished our coffee, the name was born. As long as I can remember I’ve enjoyed cooking. It wasn’t until we moved to Asia that I began to experiment using herbs and spices in my everyday cooking. Not only do they enhance the flavor of food but also heighten it nutritionally. Over the years, I began to change our diet to include more vegetables, pulses, whole grains and less red meat. Don’t get me wrong, we love our meat, just not in super-size portions (too hard for the body to digest). I always use the palm of my hand as a guide to portion control when eating red meat. If the meat is larger than my hand, I save that portion for another day. Also, if the veggies on your plate look colorful (think the colors of the rainbow) – red, green, yellow, orange etc. then you’re most likely getting the right amount of nutrients per meal. I post recipes that I think help maintain a healthy body. I use the 80/20 rule – 80% of the time I make a conscious effort to eat healthy and 20% for when I want french fries with gravy (poutine). Balance is the key and to enjoy life with whatever comes my way. Thanks for visiting!

 

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