What do you do with spare peanut butter? Yes, I tackle all of life’s big questions. After making the blondies, I had some peanut butter left. The simplest option involves me grabbing the nearest spoon and simply tucking in. Yes, I’m that sophisticated. Fans of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups will already be familiar with the excellent marriage of chocolate and peanut butter. I’ve made my own before, but this time, I thought it would be fun to use ice-cube trays for the molds.
Reading fun posts on blogs like The Smart Cookie Cook, is a great way to get inspired. When I read the peanut butter and Oreo post, I knew that I had to make something where peanut butter was the star. That’s really why I love these chunks of chocolate and peanut butter.
I found making them with the ice-cube trays was rewarding. I even got a bit carried away at the end and used some of the gold paper from the chocolate bars to wrap the chunks individually. A pointless act, because we both know exactly what was gonna happen to those little mouthfuls of peanut butter loveliness. Now I have to go and make some more.
Fairtrade peanut butter and pecan chocolate chunks
150g Fairtrade milk chocolate
Fairtrade peanut butter
I haven’t put a measurement for the peanut butter. The amounts needed are very small because you don’t need very much for each chunk. This recipe makes ten chocolate chunks, but obviously it would be very easy to make larger quantities.
I broke up the chocolate in a bowl and placed the bowl over a pan of hot water on a low heat. We are often told by television chefs not to let the water touch the bowl, but it really doesn’t matter, so long as the heat is kept low enough to melt the chocolate slowly. Melting it too quickly with give you a grainy texture.
I placed a pecan half in the bottom of each ice-cube compartment and spooned just enough melted chocolate into it to cover the pecan. I then put the tray into the freezer for a couple of minutes to set the chocolate. Next it was time to add the peanut butter. It’s a good idea to pipe the peanut butter onto the centre of each chunk if you’re making a lot of them. Since I was only making a mini batch, I just used a little spoon to drop a little ball of peanut butter in. This would be the filling for the chocolate chunks.
The next bit was fun too. I just topped up the ice-cube tray with the remaining chocolate so that each compartment was level and put them all back in the freezer for another couple of minutes. When they were set, I popped them out and I have to say that a couple didn’t even make it to a plate! At one point, I wondered if you’d mind not seeing a photograph of them. Could I get away with just a description? My mother-in-law adores peanut butter as much as, if not more so, than me. A little box of these wrapped in shiny paper may be making its way to her at some point. In the meantime, I think I’ll just make another batch…for research purposes of course.