Everyday I whip up goodies for my lovely housemates, I get daily requests like; "GOooeey CHocoLATE!, BerRRy FiLLed yum stuff; NASI LEMAK!!!, black pepper chicken *MMmM*....list continues.. haha, today I decided to satisfy my personal love and craving for reeses peanut butter cups! Its fairly difficult to find them here in Sydney, I get an occasional surprise when I see them lying around the counters. I have had a love for all things peanut butter for years!(not the crunchy type...but the smooth creamy taste of peanut butter from a Kraft jar). I bet I'm not alone when I say I eat it with a spoon! Even the sexy and famous do --> brad Pitt did it in Meet Joe Black, he looked adorably gorgeous with a spoon stuck in his mouth! ;) Personally its the texture of soft and smooth peanut butter on its own, the fragrant tinge of toasted groundnuts with a subtle taste of sweetness ; pureed into a sticky 'melt-in-your-mouth' buttery consistency...(*MmmM...quickly runs downstairs for a spoon*)
Back on topic, i made a batch of heavenly chocolate cupcakes topped with peanut butter 'icing' and dotted with milk chocolate ganache. Just quoting a housemate of mine "Oh MY GOD! YuMm Mmm MmmmmMmm"she's satisfied..and so was i, after pigging out with 3!~ :P Discovering the gym was probably the best thing that happened to my body. I made a special lil one for myself, with EXTRA peanut butter topping. *teehee*
Secret to the cupcake recipe : Use your favourite basic cupcake recipe, add in 125g melted milk chocolate and an extra 1/4 cup of milk(depending on the consistency of the batter...fold in alternately with the flour) If your cupcake is usually fairly sweet, you might want to take of a lil of your sugar proportions. When they're done, toast a few walnuts in the oven in a sheet of foil for about 5 mins, take them out, fold the foil over and pound them with something heavy. Mix 2-3 heaped tbsp of creamy peanut butter,1/4cup icing sugar and the crushed walnuts together. Melt 50g chocolate and stir in 1tbsp of cream...that should give you a nice shiny ganache mixture.
assemble it however you wish...pipe it, spoon it on, spread it, whatever tickles your fancy *tip: if you love peanut butter like me, dig a lil hole in the cupcake before you spread the peanut butter topping!
ps: thanks yan for the url of the blog that gave me inspiration for these! they absolutely made my day! :)