Thursday, January 17, 2013

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups + Big News!

First let’s talk about these delicious homemade peanut butter cups.  A layer of creamy peanut butter is sandwiched between two layers of dark chocolate ganache - these are a luxurious treat made with pure and simple ingredients. It doesn’t get any better.

Next let’s talk about our Big News!  We have started a new business!  What are we doing you ask?  It has to do with our very favorite delicious artisanal foods, so we think you might be interested.  We are curating tasting boxes that are exclusive assortments of unique gourmet foods handcrafted by Colorado artisans.  Colorado has been quickly gaining momentum in the foodie/locavore scene and is becoming a really excellent place to search out new and exciting food products. In fact, did you know Boulder was recently named “The Foodiest City in the US” by Bon Appetit?

We’ve been busy searching our state to find foods that are created with exacting attention to detail and quality that’s unmatched, and we are so excited to share them with you!  It’s called Colorado Crafted – check it out and let us know what you think.  Or like us on Facebook to get updates about products & limited edition seasonal boxes (like for Valentine's Day!). And we have a special box just for our Two Tarts fan.

Homemade peanut butter cups

In fact, the ganache we used to make these peanut butter cups is one of the products we’ve curated for Colorado Crafted, and boy are we excited about it!  We’ve even created a limited edition Two Tarts Chocolate Sampler Box for you.  You’ll be able to try a jar of this ganache along with a bar of hand-crafted pure chocolate by another amazing artisan for only $20.  And as always, shipping is free anywhere in the US!

Think pure single origin cacao beans – sourced directly from farmers in Nicaragua at better than fair trade prices – blended with organic cane juice and coconut oil.  This is some incredibly deep, rich, smooth ganache; a happy situation where the very best simple ingredients come together to showcase amazing flavor. Awesome over ice cream, drizzled over fruit, and of course – eaten with a spoon!

nova monda ganache in chocolate peanut butter cups

Let’s move on to the making of these lovely peanut butter cups.  All you need is chocolate (we love this ganache, but these peanut butter cups can be made with any melted chocolate of your choice) and creamy peanut butter, and tiny muffin papers.  I got mine on Amazon.

Simply drizzle or dollop the chocolate on the bottom of your paper muffin cups.  Chill.  Dollop peanut butter.  Top with melted chocolate.  Chill until firm.  Enjoy.  See? This is so simple that I don’t think I’m really allowed to call it a “recipe”, but these are so pretty, delicious, and easy that we just had to share them with you!

Homemade peanut butter and chocolate ganache

I actually tried my hand at making homemade peanut butter, as you can see from the pictures above.  This isn’t necessary at all – in fact I have to admit that I couldn’t discern a flavor difference. Sadly, this probably has to do with the freshness and quality of the pre-roasted peanuts we used.  The technique is exactly like our Almond Butter recipe, if you’re interested.

Sylvie with her peanut butter cup

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Yield: approx 18-20
Slowly and gently heat the ganache or chocolate until melted.  We put our jar of ganache in about 2 inches of water, then slowly heated it on the stovetop.   The double boiler or the Jacque Torres microwave method both work nicely, too.
Meanwhile, line up your mini muffin cups on a baking sheet. Using a small spoon, drizzle enough melted chocolate into each mini muffin cup to completely cover the bottom.  Chill in the refrigerator until firm.
Dollop a teaspoon(ish) of cream peanut butter into each cup, and smooth until relatively flat.
Top with more melted chocolate, then chill in the refrigerator again until the chocolate is completely firm. 
stack of homemade peanut butter cups

20 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your new business, ladies! Your site is gorgeous! I'll definitely keep it in mind for the next time I need to send a gift!

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  2. I'm very excited about peanut butter cups (let's be real, I am ALWAYS excited about peanut butter cups), but even more excited about your new business! Congratulations! I love fun surprises in the mail like that and I can't imagine it not being a success!

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  3. Oh my goodness! I am so happy I stumbled upon your blog from Food Gawker! :) I love this. . I am totally going to try this. . maybe even tomorrow. I love chocolate + peanut butter. No other pairing is better in my book. Also, congrats on Colorado Crafted. What a lovely idea and beautiful site! will definitely check it out! all the best!

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  4. Hi girls, you need to update this post because of the line "And we have a special box just for our Two Tarts fan." I think you have more than just one fan! Promise!

    Love your site and congrats on the new business venture. It looks amazing!

    SAGirl

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    1. LOL - thanks SAGirl, I'll update!!

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  5. How do you make such tasty food every time? Fantastic food and fantastic photography!
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    1. Thanks so much! But don't worry, it's not fantastic every time. I'm remembering a rhubarb tart that looked like...boogers. :)

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  6. Such a brilliant concept! Congrats, you two!

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  7. There's nothing better than homemade peanut butter cups! I love this simple recipe. I recently posted one of my own where I used ice cube trays as the containers instead of paper cups. They work surprisingly well, although i love the traditional look of these!

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    1. Ice cube tray is a great idea! It's not hard to pop them out?

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  8. Congratulations on the new business! The site is beautiful and your boxes look divine! My brother lives in North Carolina but his girlfriend is originally from Colorado-- passed along your new site to him as a Valentine idea for her!

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    1. Thank you so much Rachel - we really appreciate you helping to spread the word!! Who wouldn't want to get a box of delicious food for Vday, right? :)

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  10. The chocolate sampler page is not there. Please check this out.

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    1. Sorry! This box was limited edition and no longer available. We will update the text.

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  11. I wish you could buy the ganache all by itself. I would definitely buy some!

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