Friday, June 25, 2010

Black and White Peanut Butter Brownies

My favorite part of making dessert is to share them.  I love making them, but I really don't like having them sit around for me to eat them.  So these get to be shared at a boat outing this weekend, we'll see what everyone thinks of them.  They have both white and dark chocolate, and the white chocolate really provides a nice accent to the peanut butter.

Black and White Peanut Butter Brownies  
(from Une Gamine dans la Cuisine)

1 cup chopped white chocolate
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs 1/4 - 1/3 cup of smooth peanut butter (use as much or as little as you like. I don't measure mine so much as spoon it out straight from the jar.)
1 1/4 cups of unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup bittersweet chunks or chopped chocolate

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9x9 inch pan with foil, allowing the it to hang over the edge for easy removal. Lightly grease or spray the foil.

Place the butter in a heatproof bowl over simmering water (double boiler style.) Once the butter has melted, remove it from the heat and add the chopped white chocolate. Keep stirring until the chocolate softens. If you need to, place the bowl over the simmering water again but be careful. White chocolate is sensitive to scorching and you don't want it to separate from the butter. Stir in the sugar until well blended. Add the vanilla and salt. Mix well. Let the mixture cool to lukewarm. Beat in the eggs, one at a time.
Add the peanut butter and beat till incorporated.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder.  Stir into the egg mixture.

Stir in 3/4 cup of the chocolate chunks. Spoon the batter into a greased 9" square pan, and sprinkle the remaining chocolate chunks over the top.  Bake the brownies for 25 minutes, until they're light golden brown and the edges pull just slightly away from the pan.

Remove from the oven, and cool before cutting.

Makes about 12-16 brownies.


Kelly said...

I don't think I can wait until 10:30 too late to show up at your house?

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