29 June 2017

Plate Up. Chocolate, Peanut Butter Cheesecake In A Glass

Two of my besties are peanut butter fiends. And when I say fiends, I really mean it. They’ve both stayed with me recently and if they’re home there’s about a 50% likelihood that at any given time you’ll find them in the kitchen with a spoon and a jar of peanut butter. I mean you’ve got to respect their addiction. It’s commitment.

Hence why, when I saw this little dessert I absolutely knew it would go down a treat with them. Peanut butter. Chocolate. Cheesecake. What’s not to like…? Why not whip it up for your next dinner party? I promise your guests will be impressed…

What you’ll need
1/3 cup roasted peanuts
½ cup sugar
¼ cup water
¼ cup thickened cream
100g dark chocolate melts (make sure they’re dark, they provide the bitterness)
250g cream cheese softened
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon gelatin dissolved in ¼ cup boiling water
1/3 cup crunchy peanut butter (your preferred brand, you can’t beat Kraft!)
½ cup thickened cream, softly whipped

What to do
Spread your peanuts on a lined baking tray. In a small pan, combine the sugar and water and heat without stirring until combined and golden. Remove from the heat and carefully pour over your peanuts. Allow to cool and harden.

Heat the cream in a pan, bringing to the boil. Pour over the chocolate and stir until melted and smooth. It should look so smooth and luscious you won't be able to resist... But try!

Beat the cream cheese and brown sugar with a mixer until smooth, stir in the gelatine and then the peanut butter. Be sure to stir really well here so you distribute the gooey peanut butter. It tends to like to stick together. Fold through the whipped cream.

Finely crush half the peanut brittle in a processor so it becomes like a crumb, then break the other half into decorative pieces.

Time to assemble. Take some glasses and spoon the brittle into the base of each. Spoon in the cream cheese mixture, top with the melted chocolate and sprinkle with the chunky brittle pieces. Serve immediately and listen for the 'mmmmms'. Job well done!

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Photos by Krissie.