Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Peanut Butter Crunch

This is my giant version of Reese peanut butter cups. Not trying to blow my own trumpet here, although it does sound very self-absorbed, but these cupcakes tasted really good.

I can't seem to remember where I got the recipe from but I sure did tweak it a little. I got it written down in my recipe book, so here goes.

Peanut Butter Crunch
Recipe by The Bakeanista

6 tbsp unsalted butter
3/4 cup peanut butter (I used crunchy!)
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

1) Preheat oven to 180 deg'C and line a 12 cup standard-size muffin pan with baking cup liners.

2) In a small bowl, sift the cake flour, baking powder and salt together, then set aside.

3) In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter, peanut butter and sugar until very light and fluffy, for about 5 minutes. (I used crunchy peanut butter as I wanted some texture in the cupcakes, but you may opt to use smooth peanut butter if you so wish - up to personal preference.)

4) Whisk eggs in until well incorporated. Add in vanilla and mix well.

5) Add the milk into the batter in three parts alternating with the flour. With each addition, beat until the ingredients are incorporated, but make sure you do not over-beat.

6) Divide the batter evenly among muffin pan cups. Bake until skewer inserted into center of cupcakes comes out clean, 20-22 minutes.

6. Cool cupcakes in muffin pan on wire rack until cool enough to handle, about 15 minutes. Carefully lift each cupcake from muffin pan and set on wire rack. Cool to room temperature before icing, about 30 minutes.

For the chocolate ganache, all I did was to melt some dark chocolate over double boiler, then add a little heavy cream to smoothen the texture - sorry, no recipe for this! :$

I have however, a recipe for the yummiest peanut butter cream cheese frosting, which is what I used for my second batch.

No pictures because they were all eaten in a snap of a finger, but trust me, they were divine! In fact, I'd say that I very much prefer the peanut butter frosting to the chocolate topping. ;)

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting
100g cream cheese
60g peanut butter
1/2 cup icing sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla essence

Mix cream cheese and peanut butter until smooth and creamy. Pour in vanilla essence and icing sugar, then turn mixer on high and beat until light and fluffy. Fill a piping bag with the icing and frost over cupcakes. Enjoy digging in! This combination would send a peanut butter lover to float on a cloud named Nine. ;)

Moist cupcakes, with a crunch - what can I say really? Yum! ;)


Michelle Chin said...

should i buy reese peanut butter cups? i'm in the land where it is made!

The Bakeanista said...

If for me, YES! If for yourself, MEH. :P

John said...

I know a lot of folks who don’t eat eggs (they’re allergic, for health reasons, or concerns about animal cruelty). Here’s an awesome site that gives tips on cooking and baking without eggs: http://EggFreeLiving.com

msihua said...

Hahahaha.. Meh to Michelle Chin if she's not buying for me either :P

The Bakeanista said...

John: nice plug for your site, although I'd say this is not the most appropriate place to do so? ;)

msihua: HAHAHAHA! *hi5*

PFx said...

That looks like a very moist crunch. It looks simple but I just can't stop looking at it. I think there is that yum factor. Great blog with with some Asian baking touches.
And great Melbourne reviews. What would you think of the top 7 food experience in Melbourne? (Heading there next month, need tips) ;)

Anonymous said...

thomas dux stocks reese's peanut butter cups!


The Bakeanista said...

PFx: Thank you for your kind words! :) You may want to check our my Top Fav places in Melb post: http://the-bakeanista.blogspot.com/2011/05/melbourne-my-top-favourites.html

Ed: You wanna buy for me? LOL! Where is Thomax Dux me also don't know! :P

Agnes said...

At the risk of enabling you Reese's peanut butter cup lovers... Costco sells the mini Reese's PB cups in a 1.6kg bag... We're on our second bag of them *cough cough*

The Bakeanista said...

The last time I was there, I saw but the bag is too big man!

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