peanut-butter-custard-banana tart

January 31, 2010 at 3:04 am | Posted in Birthdays, Fruit, Peanut Butter, Tarts and Pies | 2 Comments

we celebrated the birthday of one of my favourite boys tonight. as a matter of formality, i asked what he wanted and he mentioned “that peanut butter dessert we had in KL two years back.” i tried my best to recall what comprised the tart we had at this nice little cafe at bangsar village. i knew there was peanut butter, bananas and some semblance of a custard. (there’s a picture on the website; i know my rendition of it is way off)

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initially i wanted to modify dorie greenspan’s banana cream pie recipe, but i always find myself a little turned off by her long instructions. i appreciate her detail but sometimes i’d rather follow a recipe that has minimal steps (there you go, the lazy streak in me). that resulted in me pulling out the tried-and-tested donna hay’s sweet shortcrust pastry and creme patissiere recipes. the peanut butter frosting was a mixture of butter, peanut butter and icing sugar – no exact amounts; a sheer matter of estimation.

the boys, being boys, gave raving reviews. my only gripe was that i should’ve used del monte bananas instead of malaysian bananas, but i can’t complain since i asked my dad to buy them.

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cupcake backlog

January 25, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Posted in Birthdays, Cheese, Chocolate, Cupcakes, Orders, Peanut Butter, Royal Icing | Leave a comment

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chocolate cupcakes with chocolate ganache.

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chocolate cupcakes with chocolate ganache & buttercream.

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nutella cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.

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chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting.

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order “leftovers” for the boy. :p

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chocolate cupcakes with royal icing – for a friend’s cousin’s solemnisation.

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chocolate cupcakes with royal icing – for a dear JC friend’s engagement.

fudgy peanut brownie tartlets

November 29, 2009 at 7:07 pm | Posted in Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Tarts and Pies | 1 Comment

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my mum had a batch of sweet shortcrust pastry lying around, so i decided to make these little babies. when i was in KL last weekend i managed to pick up a copy of a better homes and gardens special publication – “ultimate cookies”; over 200 recipes, and it only cost RM9.90!

first, have a batch of sweet shortcrust pastry ready. a tried and tested recipe is donna hay’s, which you can find here. then, proceed to prepare the filling:

4 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
2 tbsp butter
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
4 tbsp peanut butter

1. preheat oven to 170 degrees celsius. grease 24 mini muffin cups. divide dough into balls and press evenly into bottoms and up the sides of the prepared muffin cups.

2. for filling, in a small saucepan, heat and stir chocolate, butter and peanut butter over low heat until just melted. remove from heat. stir in egg, sugar and vanilla until well combined. divide chocolate filling among muffin cups.

3. bake for 25-30 minutes or until crust is golden and filling is puffed. cool in muffin cups on a wire rack for 10 minutes. carefully remove tartlets from the muffin cups and cool completely on the wire rack.

peanut butter cup rice krispies bars

August 1, 2009 at 9:43 pm | Posted in Chocolate, No-Bakes, Peanut Butter | Leave a comment

these were made for a best friend’s birthday earlier this month. i love how the chocolate, peanut butter and marshmallow-y rice krispies melded; such sinful pleasure. 🙂

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recipe from here.

overload

April 23, 2009 at 9:44 am | Posted in Birthdays, Chocolate, Cupcakes, Peanut Butter | 3 Comments

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chocolate cupcakes + peanut butter frosting + tim-tams + m&ms. happy belated birthday syafii!

whimsical

August 2, 2008 at 10:12 pm | Posted in Birthdays, Cakes, Chocolate, Orders, Peanut Butter | 2 Comments

the best friend told me to recreate a similar cake for his sister’s birthday… here it is, albeit a tad more whimsical and colourful. it’s overkill i tell you. i don’t think i would be able to stomach a slice of it. i will remind him to tell whoever’s eating the cake to have teeny weeny slices. 🙂

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i really miss baking, i haven’t had the luxury of time lately. neck-deep in battling work and students.

two birthday cakes

June 19, 2008 at 1:42 am | Posted in Birthdays, Cakes, Chocolate, Fruit, Peanut Butter | 14 Comments

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this is an eggless chocolate cake sandwiched with bananas and chocolate ganache (recipe taken from here). it was my first time trying out an eggless recipe (one of my friends was vegetarian that day) and i was quite apprehensive. but it turned out sufficiently moist and moreish.

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i used the same cake recipe for this one. the two cake layers were sandwiched by a thick generous slather of peanut butter frosting and covered with rich chocolate ganache. chocolate overkill alright. 🙂

double chocolate peanut butter cupcakes

June 18, 2007 at 10:52 pm | Posted in Birthdays, Chocolate, Cupcakes, Peanut Butter | 16 Comments

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peanut butter milk chocolate chip cookies

May 7, 2007 at 2:38 pm | Posted in Chocolate, Cookies, Peanut Butter | 5 Comments

i baked a batch of these today for my wonderful friend of 10 years, sarina, whose birthday was last week. i didn’t manage to meet up with her because of the crazy exams, so we’re doing dinner tonight. this cutesy box of cookies is one of the gift-installments.

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peanut butter chocolate chunk cookies

March 4, 2007 at 10:15 pm | Posted in Chocolate, Cookies, Peanut Butter | 8 Comments

yesterday a very bad cookie craving hit me while i was in my 10-hour-essay-hibernation mode. the only biscuits around were oreos… i had 5 with a glass of cold milk, but that didn’t hit the spot. so after the essay was done, i baked a batch of these as a reward for myself. needless to say, i had a few and went to bed a happy girl.

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115g butter, softened
115g peanut butter
1 1/4 cups plain flour
1/2 cup caster sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla essence
220g chopped dark chocolate/chocolate chips

1. preheat oven to 170 degrees celsius. grease 3 baking sheets. beat butter and peanut butter on high speed for around 30 seconds.

2. add 1/2 cup flour, sugars, egg, baking powder, baking soda and vanilla essence. beat until combined, then add remaining flour and chocolate. mix until well combined.

3. shape dough into 1 inch balls and flatten slightly with fork. bake for 8-10 minutes. cool on baking sheet for a couple of minutes before transferring to wire rack to cool completely.

these were delicious; the texture was a cross between crispy and chewy. even the boy who doesn’t take to peanut butter enjoyed them. the taste of the peanut butter came through wonderfully, not too overpowering and neither was it too subtle.

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