I have a huge love for desserts. And while I’m happy to polish off any of my talented-friends-who-bake goods on any given day – sometimes I even bug them to do some baking so that I can do some eating; I’ve never been confident enough to attempt any baking adventures of my own since my feeble attempts some 6 years ago when I mastered a non-bake mango cheesecake recipe only because I was challenged by friends to bring home-made dessert for pot luck instead of the predictable potato salad . My friends/colleagues ended up enjoying it enough to request for seconds and thirds attempts of the cake. And I thanked my lucky stars that the recipe was idiot-proof for a baking goon like myself to have smoked it through.
I have a habit of walking to and spending quite a bit of time checking out the baking section during my supermarkets trips despite no intention to purchase anything from there. The Bo noticed this during two of our recent trips there and gave me a challenge – if I attempted some baking, he would eat it (being the guy who doesn’t enjoy sweets whenever we dine out), spread some calories to his colleagues and even pay for it. It sounded like a great arrangement, plus I’ve been itching to attempt some baking for our own & a few close friends’ consumption (great for our tv marathon nights too).
Top of my head, I couldn’t recall what I wanted to bake. And then I remembered that I had a stash of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups back home (because we bagged 4 packs home recently). And so I quickly googled on the phone for fool-proof recipes that would give me that boost of confidence I needed. I came across some non-baked ones which were PERFECT due to my last experience (and success) with them and being a digestive/graham cracker fan, the final product sounded like a dream with all my favourite elements in it: peanut butter cups, digestive crumbs and chocolate. And so all that I added to the shopping basket that day was butter because I had the other 3 main ingredients at home.
Got to love how making this took me under 15 minutes – while my little man was having his dinner.
Idiot-proof baking – Peanut butter & chocolate bars (recipe adapted from here)
- Recipe calls for 1 cup of butter but I had no idea how to measure. So I took about half a block for a a 21.5cm x 21.5cm silicon square cake pan
- 2 cups of digestive biscuits crumbs (if you can’t find graham crackers). You can put in ziplock and pound it using a rolling pin or take the ultra short cut of using a food blender to do the work like what I did
- 1 cup + 4 tbsp of Reese’s peanut butter cups (in 2 separate portions in total)
- 1 1/2 cups of dark chocolate chips (recipe calls for semisweet chocolate chips but I wanted to balance the sweetness from the peanut butter cups)
- 1/2 cup of confectioners’ sugar (recipe asks for 2 cups but I reduced it)
- cake pan
1. I mixed the melted/room temperature butter, digestive biscuit crumbs, sugar and a cup of peanut butter in a medium bowl till it turns one colour and becomes (wet) sand-like texture.
2. Next I spread the mixture and pressed firmly into my cake pan (p/s: u can use the back of a spoon or a spatula with light pressure to help u spread it out)
3. Thereafter I poured the chocolate chips and remaining peanut butter into a tiny saucepan and put it over a pot of boiling water. Took me about 2 minutes to melt them fully, resulting in a smooth texture.
4. Lastly I spread the chocolate chips & peanut butter mix onto the digestive crumbs & peanut butter layer, and pop the pan into the fridge to chill for about 2 hours before cutting them into squares and sinking my teeth into them (p/s: if you are impatient, wait for at least an hour).
Happy to report that every crumb & bar was devoured within 48 hours.