My recipe for Quick Peanut Butter and Chocolate Squares was a Community Pick over on one of my favourite food sites – Food52! This is what they said about it –
Food52 Review: This recipe takes the classic chocolate and peanut butter pairing and turns it into a no-bake bar cookie. It’s the perfect dessert recipe to have in your back pocket for bake sales, picnics, large gatherings of any kind, or just when you need a sugar fix — stat.– A&M
And it was so beautifully photographed by the amazing James Ransom too! Lots of lovely comments and helpful tips in the comment section as well.
These Peanut Butter and Chocolate Squares are really quick to make and are delicious pick-me-up with a mid-morning espresso. I think that they would be rather lovely with a glass of milk too. They are not too sweet, with that unmistakeable savoury peanut butter flavour; chocolatey with a little hit of salt. The body is given by the Saltines which are an American cracker with a light sprinkling of salt on them. Saltines are very dry and very crisp – in fact a Saltine Cracker Challenge exists, to eat 6 crackers in one minute without any water – easy to crunch up but very hard to swallow! I remember getting them, wrapped in their cellophane with a bowl of soup at The Hudson’s Bay in-store diner where I used to escape to during my lunch hour when I worked in retail. Saltines are available to buy on-line in the UK here but if you don’t want to wait, I have found that Sainsburys sell an Italian version called Doriano which is what I used for this recipe.
Bookmark my recipe for Peanut Butter and Chocolate Squares, for the festive season if you have a peanut butter loving friend; popped into one of those cellophane bags, this makes a lovely gift with the added bonus of being quick to make during the time constrained weeks leading up to the big day!
These are so simple to make; blitz the crackers, melt the butter with the sugar and milk; pour onto crackers and peanut butter; mix and pat into a pan; cool, then cover with melted chocolate and sprinkle with flaky salt.
Quick Peanut Butter and Chocolate Squares
- 450 g/2 cups caster sugar
- 12o ml/ ½ cup milk
- 3 tablespoons/45g butter
- 240 g Doriano crackers/Saltine crackers, finely blitzed in a food processor or crushed in a plastic bag with a rolling pin
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 340 g smooth peanut butter
- 200g dark chocolate broken up into small pieces (use semi sweet or milk chocolate if making for children)
- 45ml/3tbsp double cream
- Flaky sea salt
- Line a 9 inch square pan with parchment paper or non-stick foil. I have a really easy way to do this in Tips and Tricks – in the baking section. Leave a little overhang so that you can pull up on it later.
- Blitz or crush the crackers into fine crumbs, depending on how much texture you want in your squares. Doing this in a food processor took me about 2 minutes, pulsing for the last 30 seconds to check on progress.
- Empty into a large mixing bowl then scrape out the peanut butter and dump it on top of the crumbs.
- Place the sugar, milk, and butter in a saucepan over medium low heat, stirring from time to time. It needs come to a boil slowly. Once it comes to a full boil, set the timer for 1 minute. The mixture will froth and foam so don’t panic and take it off the heat.
- When the minute is up, carefully pour the extremely hot sugar mixture over the crackers and peanut butter.
- Add the vanilla and then stir with a spatula until it is really well combined.
- Scrape it into the prepared pan, pat it in and smooth it out and leave it to cool for about an hour.
- Slowly heat the cream in a pan until it just comes to a boil. Take it off the heat and stir in the pieces of chocolate. Stir until the chocolate has melted and it’s all looking lovely and glossy. Pour onto cooled peanut butter mix and cover, using a spatula to even it out.
- Sprinkle with sea salt while the chocolate is still warm.
- Pop into the fridge to allow it to set, then remove from the tin and using a large knife, cut into 16 squares or whichever size you like.
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