Friday, May 8, 2009
Pop Culture: Mini Peanut Butter Cups
Living in New Zealand, it is difficult to get hold of some of the more Americanised treats, such as Reeces's Peanut Butter Cups, and when one has a craving for exactly that, it becomes problematic. So what do you do? Make your own, of course! Until I saw a few recipes online, such a thought had not even entered my head, but they seemed so easy. And they were. Granted, they did take a bit of time to put together and chill, but they were well worth it, and I now have 30 cups sitting in my fridge, just waiting for me to indulge any more cravings I have
Peanut Butter Cups
Candy cup papers
300g milk chocolate melts
3 tbsp smooth peanut butter
1. In a double boiler, melt your chocolate and peanut butter until smooth.
2. Now you need to line the inside of your candy cups with the chocolate mix. If you liked, you could use normal cupcake papers, but I decided to use candy cups because the paper is waxed (thus easier to remove from the cup). My tip for coating the cups is to put half a teaspoon of the chocolate in the cup, then drag it up the sides with the teaspoon until everything is nicely covered (you might need to add some more chocolate, etc).
Making my own cups! (This was irrationally exciting - maybe I was just really looking forward to the peanut butter cups)
All in a row. Sort of.
3. Put the cups in the fridge for ten minutes so that they can set.
Peanut Butter Filling.
3/4 cup smooth peanut butter (although you could use crunchy - that would be yummy)
1/3 cup icing sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1. In a bowl, add all your ingredients, and mix.
Before. I love the contrasts of this picture - fluffy icing sugar, creamy peanut butter.
After. The icing sugar helps to stablise the peanut butter a little bit, so thats why it's in there.
2. Remove your cups from the fridge, and fill them with approximately half a teaspoon of the peanut butter. Once you have all the cups filled, press the mixture down with a damp finger, just so the top is even.
3. Finally, cover the top with the rest of your chocolate mixture, making sure to cover all the peanut butter (so that you reinforce the sides of the cups, and make them stronger).
4. Pop in the fridge for at least an hour. You can then remove all the papers, or just leave them on. Whichever you prefer.
Look at all that deliciousness!
Perfect. Utterly perfect.