Friday, February 4, 2011

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cheesecake

There are few things that go together as naturally as peanut butter and chocolate. (Okay, maybe peanut butter and jelly.) When I Googled the words peanut butter and chocolate I got 5.3 million results in less than 22 seconds. That’s simply amazing!

And at the top of the search list? Even more amazing – a blog dedicated to nothing but peanut butter and chocolate recipes!! Kristina from Hoboken, NJ, has been writing about peanut butter and chocolate for over two years and hasn’t run out of steam. (Can you imagine chili with peanut butter? Must try it.)

So when a friend requested “something peanut butter and chocolate” for her birthday celebration, I was secretly delighted because that meant if I was making the treat I got to lick the bowl. And the spoon. And the beaters. And my fingers.

I made a cheesecake, but it’s not a classic cheesecake at all. In fact the texture was more like a soft candy bar. Dense with rich chocolate and creamy peanut butter. I confess I didn’t get the recipe from the cpb gallery. (It was from Better Homes and Gardens.) But I’m definitely going back for the chili recipe!

You won’t be tempted to cut this into any sizes much bigger. The recipe says 16 slices and that’s exactly what it means. To make it easier to slice use a serrated knife dipped in water.

Decadent Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cheesecake
from www.bhg.com

18 chocolate covered graham crackers
½ cup unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons sugar
2 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
¼ cup sugar
3 eggs
1 ½ cups semisweet chocolate pieces
2 tablespoons milk
½ teaspoons vanilla extract
Optional peanuts for sprinkling on top

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine crackers, melted butter and 2 tablespoons sugar. Press into bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan; set aside. In bowl beat 1 package cream cheese with electric mixer until smooth. Beat in peanut butter and ¼ cup sugar until combined. Fold in 1 lightly beaten egg. Set aside.

In saucepan, stir chocolate over low heat until melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Cube remaining cheese and add to chocolate. Stir to combine. Stir in milk and vanilla until smooth. Fold in two lightly beaten eggs. Spread half the chocolate mixture into the pan. Carefully spread all the peanut butter mixture over the chocolate layer. Then evenly spread the rest of the chocolate over the peanut butter layer.

Bake 45 minutes until top is set when slightly shaken. The outer two inches of the top will be slightly puffed and dry-looking; center will look darker and wet. Cool in pan on rack 15 minutes. Gently loosen the crust from sides and cool completely on rack. Cover and chill at least 4 hours. Let stand at room temperature 15 minutes before serving, to ease cutting. Sprinkle with peanuts if you want. Makes 16 servings. (About 400 calories each, but worth it!)
This is how beautiful the ice we had this week looked!

11 comments:

  1. Oh glory, the look of that peanut butter layer in the middle of your cheesecake just made my mouth drop open in awe. Decadent indeed! I have a sweet treat linky on my blog called "Sweets for a Saturday" and I'd like to invite you to stop by this weekend and link your fabulous cheesecake up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com

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  2. hi Rosemary

    you sure got that right when you called this a Decadent cheesecake!! Wow! How I would love to have a big piece of that lovely perfect creation....If I promise to eat it on my treadmill can I have one please!
    Hope your having a good weekend, lets hope the weather doesn't get worse
    Dennis

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  3. Wow - what a beauty! I love the chocolate/peanut layers. If you are going to push the boat out it might as well be thoroughly decadent. Beautiful photo of your winterscape too. Do you find that icy weather makes you bake more?

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  4. Oh yum! That looks so decadent!

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  5. What a rich, wonderful treat for the dead of winter. Gorgeous photo. You found beauty in the ice - yay for you. I just grumble.

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  6. What a lovely recipe. I agree that chocolate and peanut butter were made for each other. This looks like a decadent slice of heaven. Thank you for sharing, my blogging friend! I'm sending you wishes for a happy and delicious week!

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  7. Chocolate and peanut butter have been one of my favorite flavor combinations since childhood when I had my first peanut butter cup. I have a love-hate relationship with ice. It's so pretty to look at but...watch out.

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  8. The cheesecake looks sinfully decadent! Chocolate, peanut butter...that's a marriage made in heaven!

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  9. A terrific dessert, the combination of chocolate and pb is just excellent!

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  10. Chocolate and peanut butter, a "marriage made in heaven"...love the combination, and absolutely love your decadent cheesecake made to perfection!
    Hopefully the weather in your area will start to get better!

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  11. Chocolate peanut butter cheesecake. Pardon me while I wipe some drool off my keyboard. This looks just wonderful!

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