Thursday, 16 February 2012

Homemade peanut butter cups

Hello blog, I haven't seen you in a while and I missed you! I've been a little busy this past month GETTING MARRIED!! ah yes, I am now a married woman and am pleased to say I love it! I will do a special post on our wedding for you blog friends but first I have to share my latest delcious creation with you.

This Valentines Day was our first as a married couple so I wanted to make something special. James really love's American candy but its really hard to find in NZ and expensive so instead of spending 5 dollars on a tiny packet of Reeses peanut butter cups I just made my own!

I saw a recipe online a while ago and just changed it around to suit me better. I used dark chocolate instead of milk and crunchy peanut butter because I like it better. Here's my step by step guide, it takes about 10 mins from start to finish and the result is mouthwatering and amazing, I highly recommend!

Step 1: You need to melt your chocolate. I like to do this in the microwave in short bursts, its mess free and quick!

Step 2: Fill your little chocolate cases or muffin liners. I used mini cupcake muffin papers but you could buy special chocolate ones if you like! All you do is drop about a teaspoon of chocolate into each and use the back of the spoon to coat the case. Then refrigerate. They should look like this after about 2 mins in the fridge.
Step 3: While your chocolate cases are setting you need to make your peanut butter filling, I used about 5 big tablespoons of crunchy peanut butter and 1/4 cup of icing sugar plus a pinch of salt (which was enough filling for 15 peanut cups). Heat all of the mixture in the microwave for about a minute and then whip it up until its creamy and combined.

Step 4: Place about a teaspoon of the peanut filling into each little case. Then microwave the remaining chocolate until its melted again and cover each with a half a teaspoon or so of chocolate, place back into the fridge and your done!
Peel back your cupcake case and devour!

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