Day 38 – Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Hello Yearlings!

I know that this isn’t particularly Valentines-y, but today was the party for my friend Jase’s birthday and there are very few things he loves more in this world than Reese’s peanut butter cups so I thought what the heck, let’s see if we can make them at home! Of course, now that I’ve made them I realize what a huge mistake it was. These are so good and so easy to make that I’m in danger of making them all the time and overindulging in them.

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We mixed these two chocolates half and half.
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These were the ingredients for the filling.
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We tempered the chocolate with this big scary sous vide machine. We’ll come back to this later.
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Fill a cupcake tin with liners. I just used these ones that I had lying around.
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We tempered the chocolate.
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Then we mixed the butter, peanut butter and confectioners sugar in a small mixing bowl.
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Our components.
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Lay down your first layer of chocolate. You’re trying to get about an ounce of chocolate into each cup.
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Pop your chocolate into the freezer and once it’s set, and if it’s properly tempered, it will look like this with a gorgeous matte finish.
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Then you add about an ounce of the peanut butter filling to each cup. Don’t be discouraged when it looks like peanut butter poops.
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Spread the peanut butter filling by whatever means necessary. I just used a clean finger.
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Cover the tops with another ounce of chocolate. As you can see I ran out of chocolate at the very end. Clearly this had nothing to do with all of the chocolate sampling I was doing throughout.
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Then just tap the pan on your countertop the even out the chocolate and get rid of any air bubbles that might be hiding out in there.

You can find really great resources on tempering chocolate here and sous vide tempering here. I found both of these articles very useful. If you comfortable trying to temper chocolate, then you don’t have to. You can buy pre-tempered chocolate and just warm it up in the microwave or over a double boiler.

Ingredients:

1//4 Cup Peanut Butter

1Tbsp Butter, softened

25 g Confectioners Sugar

8 oz Chocolate, we used a mix of bittersweet and semi sweet

These were a total hit at the party. The mix of darker chocolates, instead of the customary milk chocolate was a surprising success. It really deepened the flavor of the peanut butter cups and added a whole new layer of complexity. They were amazing, and the birthday boy had to hid them from the rest of the party goes so that they wouldn’t be devoured.

Also, you could totally turn this into a Valentines treat if your significant other, or anyone else in your life, really loves peanut butter cups. All you have to do is make these in Valentines themed liners and place them in a gift box and present to them to your special someone. Adding a personalized note would make it even more romantic!

Lots of Love,

Maya

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