Monday, August 25, 2008

Home Cooking - Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Crunch Bars

Lazy Sundays are the best kind of Sundays in my opinion. Wake up late and just soak in the precious few rays of sunlight before playing around in the kitchen ^^! Pupu wanted to come over and make something together so I spent a while browsing and deciding on what to make and as usual I settled for a dessert item. This time the recipe is thanks to Anna at Cookie Madness. I ended choosing yet another recipe with both chocolate and PB hee hee I guess I am a sucker for the combination of silky smooth chocolate and crunchy peanut butter. The Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Crunch Bars have a bit of everything if made properly. They a crispy and crunchy base, a smooth peanut butter middle layer and topped with a creamy chocolate peanut butter mixture. In other words they are bars of delightful pleasure.

My CPBFCB (thank goodness for abbreviations) were not as prettily layered as Annas' and I did some minor adjustments as well but they still tasted great with a rich peanuty and chocolate flavour. The instructions may be a bit long but it is actually a fairly simple and easy recipe to follow so Here comes the ingredients.

125g semi-sweet chocolate
100g + 1/2 tbsp butter
1.5 cups Rice Krispy cereal (I used Coco Pops because me = chocoholic)
200g PB
pinch of salt
3/4 to 1.5 cups powdered sugar (Anna mentioned only using half of this so I only ended up using 2/3 c)

I lined a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan with baking paper or non-stick foil or if using regular foil spray with cooking oil.

In a medium saucepan melt the 1/2 tbsp of butter and half of the chocolate. Then stir in half of the peanut butter and when well mixed, add in 1 cup of the rice krispy/coco pops. Then spread on the bottom of the pan to form the base and chill for 15 minutes or until it is firm.

Clean out the saucepan and then melt the butter over medium heat and add the pinch of salt. Melt in the rest of the peanut butter and stir until it becomes of smooth consistency. Now add the powdered sugar to taste but keep in mind not to add in too much. Poor just less than half of this liquid mixture over the base and pour remaining rice krispies/coco pops onto the middle layer. Gently press them into this layer. Chill again at this point to form distinct layers or else it will end up into one big layer like mine.

Melt the remaining half of the chocolate either separately in a microwave-safe bowl or just put it into the peanut butter mixture and warm on low-medium heat. Finally pour the peanut butter and chocolate mixture on top to form the last layer. Now you can add some more rice krispies/coco pops like I have or just leave it as is.

Chill until it is set and cut into however many pieces you want.

While Pupu and I were waiting for it to chill we watched a movie called "Feast of Love". It was pretty interesting with romance, drama and slice of life. It shows that love is so fragile and that we should cherish all our relationships sooo to all you readers out there I love you alll!! But, this is after all a food blog and not a movie blog so back to these CPBFCB.

I did think they are a little bit too rich but if they were kept to smaller portions then they are fine or you can try my method of choice for eating these which is to heat up some milk in the microwave and then melt in half of the bar and munch merrily on the other half :D
Have a go and try making these as they are surprisingly easy and most of all have fun and enjoy^^!



Girl Japan said...

This looks simply delish! Yum!

D said...

seems to me that FFichiban is the resident home cooking blogger, whereas I'm the eatery blogger haha. Keep up the great posts man!

FFichiban said...

girl japan hee hee thhxx they were yummy ^^ You should try it since they are quite easy.

d haha ill do some restaurants too.. but yeah u can do FFS.