I uttered the above sentence in quotes at least 15 times a few nights ago. It went on from 10pm until 1am, and I couldn’t sleep because I had to have it. My SO suggested grabbing a jar of peanut butter and spreading it over some of my baking/pastry chocolate. NO, that would NOT suffice.
SO – Why not pick up some Reese’s peanut butter cups tomorrow?
Me – No, I can’t wait until tomorrow, and I need more than that.
SO – You can get the white, milk AND dark chocolate ones. (white chocolate peanut butter cups are my absolute fave! Ever hear of that white chocolate peanut butter with pretzels? OMG, must make soon!)
Me – NO, I need something more…NOW.
SO – You’re going to bake something, aren’t you?
Me – *meekly* Maybe.
I was craving something extraordinary; layers of peanut butter, chocolate, maybe some caramel, a nice pate brisee..or maybe a bar cookie..or..
SO – Yep, you’re going to bake something now, at 1 am.
I got up and headed to the kitchen to see what I had on hand to create something that would satisfy my crazy 1 am craving.
OK, for all you fellow women out there, I bet you can guess what time of the month it was. I don’t think I need to elaborate much more than that. This was going to be MINE ALL MINE. NO sharing. I was going to eat every last crumb of whatever I came up with! So I’ll gain about 10 lbs and clog an artery or three, no big whoop! This was something that (at this very brief juncture) came before anything and everything.
SO- *yelling out* Well, at least save some for me!
Me – *insert thought cloud here* Yeah right, in your dreams!!*
My first thought was a recipe I saved on the Godiva site several years ago. It was a peanut butter and chocolate tart with a layer of pecans in a honey caramel on the bottom. Alright, love the honey caramel, but pecans with my peanut butter and chocolate? No. It had to be peanuts. I perused my fridge and cabinets, throwing ingredients on the counter as if it were doomsday and I had to gather as much food as I could in a limited amount of time. I was on a mission, and I was going to be eating this within less than 2 hours..period.
Once I gathered all the ingredients I needed, my kitchen looked like three aisles in the supermarket. Well, it was going to look worse than that in very a short amount of time. I know I’m going to regret this later, but damn, did I care at this point? A resounding NO echoed through my brain..
Using the Godiva recipe as a base, since I can rarely leave a recipe as is unless it’s by a few select chefs that nail it every.single.time, I tied my hair up, topped it off with a *sniff* tragic Yankee cap (will be explained in an impending entry I keep putting off, but it’s inevitable), threw on an old chef jacket a chef friend gave me, and went to work.
I used my own pate brisee recipe, ditched the pecans for peanuts, salted ones at that (as if I had a choice, that’s all I had), and not one, but TWO chocolate ganache toppings. I couldn’t decide between milk, semisweet and bittersweet, but white chocolate was a definite. Since white chocolate is so sweet (and isn’t really chocolate, I know, I know), milk chocolate might be too much in conjunction with it, so bittersweet would probably be the best option. However, peanut butter and bittersweet chocolate? I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think it’s a match made in palate heaven. OK, semisweet was probably the way to go, but milk chocolate kept pulling at my Yankee cap.
I had Reese’s PB cups in mind, and although they do make a dark chocolate peanut butter cup, I definitely prefer the milk chocolate by a mile or 20. Then again, my SO loooves dark chocolate – WAIT *wiping thought from head as if it was an ink stain on cashmere*, this is MY TART! He can’t have any, nor can anyone else! Hrmmph!
The only caveat was that my honey was crystallized, so I had to break out of my ‘moment’, which was jarring, and look up how to fix crystallized honey (just warm the bottle in some hot water or nuke it for a few secs). OK..I’m good now.
Having said all that, this is MY peanut butter and chocolate craving (with caramel), with a little help from Godiva. Excuse the photos, as in my obsessed state, setting up any kind of pretty background was way too much of a distraction and would have taken time away from my gorge. Heck, even focusing the camera and futzing with the settings was too much!
All in all, the best way to describe this heavenly pie is as a peanut butter peanut turtle or snickerslicious pie. The nut laden caramel layer is super soft and delicious! BUT, you don’t have to add the peanuts to the caramel, because a plain caramel layer is just as amazing and so so smooooth.
I froze the leftover tart for about an hour just to get a perfect slice photo. Then I realized a perfect slice photo is gooey, shiny and melty. I’ll eventually get this food blog photo ‘thing’ right.
Since I couldn’t decide on a name, I decided to give it four names.
My Must Have Peanut Butter and Chocolate Tart
White and Dark Chocolate Salted Peanut Caramel Peanut Butter Tart
Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Honey Caramel Tart
Peanut Butter Snurtle Tart (Snickers plus Turtle)
I finally decided on…
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold, cut into cubes
- 5 to 6 tablespoons ice water
- ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 cup lightly packed dark brown sugar
- ⅓ cup heavy cream
- 2 cups chopped, salted dry roasted peanuts (optional since some prefer just the caramel) **
- 1½ cups creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
- 9 ounces bittersweet, milk or semisweet chocolate (your preference), coarsely chopped
- 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 2½ ounces white chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 2 to 3 tablespoons heavy cream
- In a food processor fitted with the metal blade, combine the flour, sugar, and salt and pulse 3 or 4 times, until blended. Scatter the butter cubes over the flour mixture and pulse 10 to 15 times, until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Pour 5 tablespoons of the ice water over the flour mixture and pulse about 15 times, or until the dough just starts to pull away from the side of the bowl. If the dough is still dry, add the remaining ice water 1 teaspoon at a time, pulsing 2 or 3 times. Make sure the dough isn't uniform. You want it raggedy, with decent sized bits of butter visible in the dough. This can also be done by hand, but you have to work quick, so the butter doesn't soften or melt, or use a pastry cutter.
- Lightly dust a work surface with flour. Scrape the dough onto the work surface and gently form into a round disk. Wrap well with plastic wrap, and refrigerate anywhere from 1 to 24 hours. (I didn't chill it at all, I rolled it out immediately and transferred it to the tart pan, crimping, then chilling for about ½ hour, but I had to have this before sunrise! That said, it came out flaky and wonderful, so no reason not to do it this way if you don't want to wait).
- Lightly dust your work surface with flour. again Remove dough from the refrigerator, unwrap and let sit for a few minutes. Roll the dough into a small round, lifting and rotating the dough a quarter turn after each roll. Dust underneath the dough with more flour if necessary, and continue rolling until the circle measures approximately 12 inches in diameter.
- Carefully roll the dough around the rolling pin and transfer it to a 10-inch fluted tart pan with a removable bottom or a 10-inch springform pan. Unroll the dough into the pan without stretching it. Lift the edges of the dough and gently press the dough into the bottom and up the side of the pan. Using scissors or a small sharp knife, trim the overhanging edge of the pastry to about ½ inch. Fold the edge of the dough over and press and crimp to form a decorative rim that extends about ¼ inch above the top of the tart pan. IF using a springform pan, no need to fold over and crimp the dough since it will not extend over the top of the pan.
- Refrigerate the tart shell for 20 to 30 minutes, until firm.
- Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 450 degrees. Line the tart shell with a piece of aluminum foil or parchment paper, leaving a 1-inch overhang. Fill it with dried beans, rice or pie weights. Bake the tart shell for 5 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 350 degrees. and continue baking for 10 minutes. Using the aluminum foil overhang as handles, remove the foil and beans. Bake the tart shell for 8 to 10 minutes longer, until lightly golden in color. Transfer the tart pan to a wire rack and let the tart shell cool completely.
- In a small heavy saucepan melt the butter over low heat. Add the honey and brown sugar, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Continue to boil, without stirring, for about 1 minute. Add the heavy cream and stir to combine. Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the peanuts until well coated with the mixture. Place the tart shell on a large baking sheet.
- Scrape the mixture into the pre-baked tart shell, spreading it as evenly as possible over the bottom of the pastry shell. Continue baking the tart in the preheated 350 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until the filling is bubbly all over. Transfer the tart pan to a wire rack and let the tart cool completely.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer using the wire whip attachment, or using electric beaters, beat the peanut butter with the confectioners' sugar at low speed for 1 minute. Increase the speed to medium-high and continue beating the mixture 3 to 4 minutes or until fluffy and light in color.
- With a spatula spread the peanut butter topping completely over the cooled caramel peanut layer.
- Place the chocolate in a medium bowl. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the cream and corn syrup to a gentle boil. Pour the hot cream/corn syrup over the chocolate. Allow the mixture to stand for 30 seconds to melt the chocolate. Gently whisk until smooth.
- Pour the chocolate over the tart and spread evenly with a spatula.
- Place the chocolate in a medium bowl. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the cream to a gentle boil (OR, microwave it in a pyrex measuring cup, since it's such a small amount). Pour the hot cream over the chocolate. Allow the mixture to stand for 30 seconds to melt the chocolate. Gently whisk until smooth.
- Drizzle the white chocolate all over the dark chocolate ganache, any way you want. Let set in the fridge for about an hour or more.
** Of course you can omit the salted peanuts in the caramel filling for just a simple, pure and gooey caramel base! Just as good!
Obviously, I did not let it ‘set’ for longer than 15 minutes. My knife was chiseling out a sloppy slice faster than a pig to shh, umm mud. Hmm..the analogy definitely fits. ;P
In conclusion, after one large slice, which helped me sleep like a baby, and another the next night, I couldn’t eat another bite. I decided to be nice and share it after all.