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« on: August 25, 2017 07:27:16 AM »



Peanut Butter Truffle Brownies

Recently my husband and I have been having dinner parties with two other couples who we are good friends with.  While none of us are fancy folk, we all enjoy really good food, and are mildly competitive, so we've been trying to out-do one another at each successive dinner party!  Cheesy  Fancy appetizers, decadent desserts, and good wine abound.  Last night was our latest party, and I was asked to bring dessert.  I'm lactose intolerant, one of the group is allergic to almonds, and one has had lap band surgery, so there are food restrictions galore, but again, we're each trying to make fantastic food.  I searched around for possible dessert recipes before finally settling on this one, but of course I had to make a few tweaks to accommodate everyone.  Normally I use nut milks in place of dairy milk, but that was out because of the almond allergy, so I swapped in canned coconut milk in the frosting and ganache.  Both came out beautifully.  Then I added in some instant espresso powder to the brownie base.  It's not enough to make them coffee flavored, but just enough to make the chocolate a bit richer and deeper in flavor. 

INGREDIENTS:
For the Brownies:
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
2 tsp instant espresso powder
3 eggs
3 teaspoons vanilla
2/3 cup cocoa powder
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

For the Peanut Butter Filling:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1-3 teaspoons milk (I used canned coconut milk)

For the Ganache Topping:
1/4 cup peanut butter
2 cups chocolate chips
1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream (I used canned coconut milk)

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9 by 13 inch metal baking pan. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up two sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends. (This will make it easy to remove the bars from the pan after they have baked.) Butter the parchment.

In a microwave safe mixing bowl, heat the butter in 10-20 second bursts until melted. Add the sugar; stir to combine.  Add in the espresso powder and stir to combine. Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined. Mix in cocoa, baking powder and salt. Add flour and stir until just combined and no streaks of dry ingredients remain. Pour into prepared pan and spread into an even layer. Bake for bake 25-30 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on a cooling rack.  (About an hour.)

While the brownies are cooling, make the peanut butter filling. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the ingredients and beat until smooth. Add more milk if necessary to make it spreadable. Spread in an even layer over the brownies. Place in the refrigerator until filling is set, about 30 minutes.


While the filling is setting, make the ganache. Combine the ingredients in a microwave safe bowl, and heat for 15 second bursts, stirring between. Melt together and combine. Pour the ganache over the top and spread gently. Return to the fridge until fully set.

Gently run a butter knife along the edge without parchment paper, to loosen the hardened ganache and frosting.  Gently lift the brownies out, and place on a cutting board.  Use a sharp chef's knife to cut them into even squares.  (I used a see-through plastic ruler, to make them extra perfect.  I'm an over achiever.) 

Optional step: Bring them to a dinner party, and graciously accept compliments.


Finally, a note on lactose and butter: Butter actually has no lactose in it, so it is safe for lactose-intolerant folks like me.  (Butter is made purely from milk fat, while lactose is a sugar in the liquid portion of the milk.)  But if you are cooking for someone with a dairy allergy, be sure to use a non-dairy alternative.
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« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2017 08:12:48 AM »

Oh - that looks delicious!
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« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2017 08:57:35 AM »

Oh my goodness, I want to live near you.  Immediately.  These look amazing!
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« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2017 09:22:30 AM »

Ooh, those look amazing! Yum yum yum!
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« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2017 10:30:30 AM »

Thanks guys!  These are definitely VERY rich, and not something I'd usually make, but were very tasty for an occasional treat.  Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2017 05:53:18 PM »

Beautiful!
And thanks for the tip on butter for lactose free.  I didn't know that! 
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« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2017 08:56:45 AM »

These look divine!
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« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2017 01:03:18 PM »

I knew this was you because I recognized those pretty plates! They are too perfect to eat, almost. Kudos for being an over-achiever!
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« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2017 02:45:21 PM »

I knew this was you because I recognized those pretty plates! They are too perfect to eat, almost. Kudos for being an over-achiever!

I accidentally shattered 3 of those pretty plates yesterday morning as I was unloading the dishwasher.  Ugh. 
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« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2017 06:51:47 AM »

Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley
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