Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Peanut Butter Squares...

In this spirit of tasty cooking ... If you've ever wanted to make Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, but didn't know how... The following is the recipe for the undisputed Greatest Dessert in the World.

Try 'em, you'll see.

Peanut Butter Squares*

"For the base:
Scant 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 and 1/3 cups confectioners' sugar
scant 1/4 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter [note: I use reduced fat... it's impossible to tell]

"For the topping:
7 ounces milk chocolate
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate [or just 11 ounces of any type of chocolate, if you're strapped]
1 tablespoon unsalted butter

"1 9-inch square pan, greased

"Stir all the ingredients for the base together until smooth. I use the paddle attachment to my mixer... but a bowl and a wooden spoon will do the job just as well. Press the sandy mixture into the brownie pan and make the surface as even as possible.

"To make the topping, melt the chocolates and butter together (in the microwave for ease, for a minute or two on medium) and spread on the base. Put the pan in the refrigerator to set. When the chocolate has hardened, cut into small squares..."

* From How to Be a Domestic Goddess, by Nigella Lawson

This is a particularly good dish to make for group gatherings, because they are so unhealthy, and yet so delicious, it would just be foolish to make them without others to help you eat them.

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