“What is the stuff in the fridge that looks like raw cookie dough?” My husband asked with hopeful anticipation.
“It’s a Peanut Butter Torte…you’ll like it.”
And with that my husband finally got to eat something he liked…peanut butter and chocolate.
As you can see from the pictures I changed mine up a bit. First off I did not use Oreo cookies like the recipe called for, I used Mother’s Peanut Butter Gauchos…I was going for more peanut butter than chocolate on this one. I also omitted the cinnamon, nutmeg and chopped peanuts on the inside of this dish because I knew my hubby would not be going for that. And for presentation I did a couple smaller ones in mini spring forms but the one you are seeing was made using a cylinder.
The Peanut Butter Torte chosen by Elizabeth of Ugg Smell Food is extremely easy and other than the refrigeration time can be put together fairly quickly. This dessert is very rich. I really could only eat a few bites each time I went to eat it. And you know if I think it is rich, it is rich!
Be sure to check out the other TWD Peanut Butter Tortes.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Torte
¼ cup unsalted peanuts
½ c. mini chocolate chips (or finely chopped semi sweet chocolate)
24 Mother’s Peanut Butter Gaucho cookies, finely crumbed or ground in a food processor or blender
½ stick (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
Small pinch of salt
2 ½ c. heavy cream
1 ¼ c confectioners¢â¬â„¢ sugar, sifted
12 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 ½ c salted peanut butter ¢â¬â€œ No surprise…I used Jif
2 tablespoons whole milk
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate finely chopped
Getting ready: center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter a 9-inch Springform pan and place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone mat.
Put the Peanut Butter Gaucho crumbs, melted butter and salt in another small bowl and stir with a fork just until crumbs are moistened. Press the crumbs evenly over the bottom and up the sides of the spring form pan (they should go up about 2 inches on the sides). Freeze the crust for 10 minutes.
Bake the crust for 10 minutes, then transfer it to a rack and let it cool completely before filling.
Working with a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, whip 2 cups of the cream until it holds medium peaks. Beat in ¼ cup of the confectioners¢â¬â„¢ sugar and whip until the cream holds medium-firm peaks. Scrape the cream into a bowl and refrigerate until needed.
Wipe out (do not wash) the bowl, fit the stand mixer with the paddle attachment if you have one, or continue with the hand mixer, and beat the cream cheese with the remaining 1 cup confectioners¢â¬â„¢ sugar on medium speed until the cream cheese is satiny smooth. Beat in the peanut butter, and the milk.
Using a large rubber spatula, gently stir in about one quarter of the whipped cream, just to lighten the mousse. Still working with the spatula, stir in the crunchy peanut mixture, then gingerly fold in the remaining whipped cream. Fold in the mini chocolate chips.
Scrape the mouse into the crust, mounding and smoothing the top. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight; cover with plastic wrap as soon as the mousse firms.
To Finish The Torte: put the chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl and set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Leave the bowl over the water just until the chocolate softens and starts to melt, about 3 minutes; remove the bowl from the saucepan.
Bring the remaining ½ cup cream to a full boil. Pour the cream over the chocolate and , working with a a rubber spatula, very gently stir together until the ganache is completely blended and glossy.
Pour the ganache over the torte, smoothing it with a metal icing spatula. Scatter the remaining ½ cup peanuts over the top and chill to set the topping, about 20 minutes.
When the ganache is firm, remove the sides of the Springform pan; it¢â¬â„¢s easiest to warm the pan with a hairdryer, and then remove the sides, but you can also wrap a kitchen towel damped with hot water around the pan and leave it there for 10 seconds. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Source: Adapted from Baking From My Home To Yours by Dorie Greenspan