I was recipe testing some millionaires shortbread and found that I did not have enough of the correct ingredients. A family sized pot of crunchy peanut butter sat almost full at the back of my cupboard, providing me with some nutty inspiration for these peanut butter squares.
Prep time 25 minute
Chilling time 30 minutes in the freezer or 60 minutes in the fridge
Makes 16 squares
Equipment; 20cm square cake tin large pan, small bowl, and microwave or small pan or food processor
200g dark chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa solids) or milk chocolate, or a mixture of both
250g digestive biscuits
200g of soft light brown sugar
300g of crunchy peanut butter
1 tsp of vanilla extract
Line tin with baking parchment leaving some excess paper hanging over the edges (this makes it easier to lift out once set)
Put the butter in a large pan and leave to melt slowly on a low heat
Snap the chocolate into squares and thrown into a small bowl. Then melt in the microwave in 30-second blasts, stirring well between each addition. Alternatively, sit the bowl over a pan of simmering water. Make sure that the bottom of the pan does not touch the water, or the chocolate may seize and go really grainy.
Remove the butter from the heat once melted.
Blitz the digestive biscuits and brown sugar in a blender or food processor to give fine crumbs. Tip them into the butter, scoop in the peanut butter and vanilla extract and mix well together, so everything is combined.
Tip the mixture into the lined tin and press it down hard with the back of a spoon. It needs to be really compact and tight. Then pour over the melted chocolate tilting the tin back and forth a bit so that the whole thing is evenly covered. Pop in the freezer for 30 minutes to firm up (or the fridge for 1 hour).
Once the chocolate has set, remove it from the freezer (or fridge). Lift it out of the tin with the help of the baking parchment. Remove the paper and then use a sharp knife to divide it into 16 squares to serve. These will last a few days in an airtight container.
Enjoy these and try not to eat the whole batch all to yourself which is what I did!
Picture by @mylesnew