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for those who asked - Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart recipe


By lauram


This is actually a pretty simple recipe and doesn’t take much time to make. I found it in Martha Stewart Living magazine. The only trouble I had with it was the caramel sauce – I couldn’t get it to set so I wound up draining most of it off and just using the peanuts. Several online reviewers also mentioned that they couldn’t get the sauce to set, so if you have a reliable caramel recipe I would use that instead. If you don’t eat dairy it’s very easy to make a vegan version of this tart by using whippable soy topping (like Soya Too) & dairy free cream cheese & sour cream.
OK, here we go. Hopefully I won’t leave anything out.

For the chocolate crust:

9 oz. chocolate wafer cookies, finely ground
1 tablespoon sugar
1 stick unsalted butter, melted

For the caramel sauce:

1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup water
1 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup creme fraiche
1 cup roasted peanuts

For the peanut butter mousse:

8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 1/4 cups smooth peanut butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup heavy cream

For the chocolate ganache:

7 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 cup heavy cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make the chocolate crust: combine cookie crumbs, granulated sugar & 1/4 tsp salt in a bowl. Stir in butter. Press mixture into bottom and 2 1/2 inches up sides of a 9" springform pan. Bake until dry and firm, 8-10 minutes & let cool.

Make the caramel sauce: Heat granulated sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, washing down sides of pan with a wet pastry brush to prevent sugar crystals from forming, until medium amber, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, and carefully add heavy cream. Return to heat, and bring to a boil, making sure caramel that seized up when cream was added melts. Transfer to a bowl & stir in creme fraiche. Refrigerate until cool but still pourable, about 45 minutes. Stir in peanuts.

Make the peanut butter mousse: Beat cream cheese and confectioner’s sugar with a mixer on medium-hihg speed until pale and fluffy. Beat in 1/2 tsp. salt. Add peanut butter and vanilla, and beat until combined. Whisk heavy cream in a separate bowl until medium-stiff peaks form. Fold 1/3 of the whipped cream into peanut butter mixture. Fold in remaining whipped cream in 2 additions.

Assemble the tart: Pour caramel sauce into cooled chocolate crust. Gently spread peanut butter mousse over caramel in an even layer, making sure they don’t blend together. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Make the chocolate ganache: Place chocolate in small heat proof bowl. Bring cream to a simmer over medium-high heat. Pour cream over chocolate and let stand for 1 minute. Whisk to combine. Use immediately.

Remove tart from refrigerator and pour in ganache to cover surface. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Then put on pants with an elastic waistband and eat!

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I don't think I've ever seen the type of chocolate biscuits you mention so I may have to substitute another type. It does sound delicious! I'll be making it soon :)

26 Nov, 2010


I used chocolate graham crackers but any plain old chocolate biscuits would do. Let me know how yours turns out!

26 Nov, 2010


Never been able to find graham wafers here in the UK (I'm from Canada). I have substituted Digestive biscuit crumbs which work ok for things like cheescake. I'll have a closer look in the dreaded supermarket (!) and see what's on offer.

I'll let you know, Lauram. I've still not made the pumpkin pie I've been procrastinating about making so better do that first!

I've made cabbage rolls today (very yummy), with mashed potatoes. We use creme fraiche (similar to soured cream) to compliment the cabbage rolls.

Thanks, Lauram.

26 Nov, 2010


Right, that does it! I am going to hire a large van, put in some orders with all you bakers and tour the country collecting those tasty offerings! Lauram: you can send one by FedEx.

26 Nov, 2010


made myself a chocolate cake today and some bread, GD! I'll eat well at work tomorrow.

27 Nov, 2010


Scrummy!! This I will have to make.
Whist, would chocolate bourbon biscuits do?? Or, I don't suppose you can get Oreos. Can you get sour cream over there? I don't remember ever seeing it.

29 Nov, 2010


Oh yes, Gilli...The UK has come a long way since I first arrived here in 1983! Yes, we can get Oreos (but they don't taste quite the same as the US/Canada ones but pretty nice all the same) and we can also get sour cream although it is not as thick as what I used to buy in Canada.

I usually buy reduced fat creme fraiche in place of sour cream as I find it thicker and it does taste very much like the sour cream I am used to in Canada.

I suppose chocolate bourbon biscuits would do although they have icing. I'll have to check out the biscuits..I don't buy many because I usually make my own.

You've reminded me Gilli of the first visit I made to the UK in 1973 and I met my hubby's family for the first time. They discovered I could make chili and so asked if I'd make some. Did I ever have a problem getting ahold of the ingredients! It was quite a culture shock. People in the UK are now world travellers and are much more adventurous with their food so chili is very common now!

I just know my daughter will go nuts for Lauram's recipe. I'm going to make it and surprise her one day soon :)

29 Nov, 2010


LOL Whist....I haven't been back in so long I don't know what is available over there and what's not!!
It's funny how the Oreos in the Uk don't taste like the North American ones.... but I believe it. I know the Canadian chocolate can't hold a candle to the chocolate from the UK! You'd think that everyone would use pretty much the same recipe but I guess not.

29 Nov, 2010


The only Canadian chocolate that I enjoy is O Henry's. We don't have those over here.

I can send you some nice chocolate from the If you'd like a taster then PM me your address, Gilli. Have you got any favourites?

Our kids were so excited when they discovered A & W root beer over here....they really missed it! Aren't kids strange?
I have days when I could murder a white spot burger :)

Enough talk of I'm still up at "stupid o'clock" (2.10am) catching up on blogs and reading Facebook posts! How crazy am't answer that, Gilli.... x

29 Nov, 2010


I don't think root beer would be anything I would miss Whist....A&W or not!! LOL
White Spot that's a whole different kettle of fish....Yummmy.
Do you miss Tim Horton's ?

29 Nov, 2010


Gilli....Tim Horton's holds no appeal for me.....but throw me a White Spot burger and I'm yours for life! lol White Spot was always the first port of call whenever I returned home for a's a family joke now.

White Spot cheesecake is a pretty close second :)

29 Nov, 2010

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