Saturday, 24 November 2012

Peanut butter square

Actually peanut butter chocolate square or more accurately...

Peanut butter digestive chocolate squares. 

Easy to make and easy to eat, adapted from a Lorraine Pascale recipe on the BBC
Chocolatey squares of peanut goodness
The ingredients
90g organic butter or non-dairy spread of your choice
120g good quality dark chocolate 
150g gluten free digestives biscuits (I used Trufree this time or make your own
120g xylitol (or Billingtons soft brown sugar)
180g good quality crunchy peanut butter (I always use Whole Earth)
3ml vanilla extract

Note on chocolate - if you want to avoid refined sugar (and dairy) as I often do go with xylitol chocolate, if you want to soya and soya Lecithin go with Lindt Excellence. If your not worried about any of that, Green & Blacks or Divine in good quality and tasty, there is always Hotel Chocolat if you want to really treat yourself - they are good at labelling their products, vegan, gluten free, etc. 

The Method
Line a 20cm square tin with baking parchment, leaving some hanging over the edges (so you can life it out once its set).

Melt the butter in a saucepan over a low heat.

Whiz the digestive biscuits and xylitol in a blender or food processor to give fine crumbs.

Tip them into the melted butter and mix together.

Stir in the peanut butter and vanilla extract and mix together so everything is well combined.

Tip the mixture into the lined tin and press it down with a spatula.

Snap the chocolate into squares and throw into a bowl. 
To melt the chocolate sit the bowl over a saucepan with simmering water. Make sure that the bottom of the pan does not touch the water. 
Pour the melted chocolate over the peanut butter and digestive mix.

Put it in the freezer for 30 minutes to firm up.

After 30 minutes, remove it from the freezer, lift it out of the tin. Remove the paper and then use a sharp knife to divide it into 16 squares.

Its ready to eat now, but its better if its put in the fridge over night, it really depends how much patience you have :)

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