Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sweet Melissa Sunday...Slacker!

Hi Everyone!! Welcome to Sweet Melissa Sunday. Unfortunately, I did not have time to bake the recipe this week. It sounded very interesting...Pavlova Peach Melba. Patty from Birding, Blossoms and Baking picked the recipe this week and I am really looking forward to seeing what everybody else did with it. I've never made a Pavlova before and the week was just too crazy to try it.

Instead, i'm going to share a recipe that I discovered last Christmas in a Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Baking magazine.

Honey-Roasted Peanut Butter Bars with Chocolate Ganache
taken from Better Homes and Gardens 'Christmas Cookies' 2009

1 Devil's food cake mix
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 egg
3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup honey-roasted peanut butter
2 tsps vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar
2 tbsp whipping cream
3/4 cup honey-roasted peanuts, chopped
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 package milk chocolate pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Line a 15x10x1 baking pan with foil. Grease the foil

1. Combine dry cake mix, 1/3 cup melted butter and egg. Mix until combined
2. Press into the bottom of the pan. Bake for 12 minutes. Cool on wire rack.
3. Combine 3/4 cup butter, peanut butter and vanilla. Mix well. Add powdered sugar and beat until combined. Beat in the 2 tbsp whipping cream. Stir in the chopped peanut. Spread over the cooled chocolate crust. Put the pan into the fridge.
4. For chocolate ganache: bring 1/2 cup whipping cream just to a boil over medium heat. Remove from heat. Add chocolate pieces and let stand for 5 minutes. Stir until smooth. Cool for 15 minutes.
5. Very gently, pour ganache over the bars in the pan. Spread to the edges with a spatula. Chill until set (about 1-2 hours). Life the uncut bars out of the pan using the foil. Cut into bars.


I need to clean my knife between cuttings!! These were the most amazing peanut butter chocolate bars. I love peanut butter and chocolate, it's my most favorite food combination ever. I love love it and I've eaten tons of it in my short lifetime. And I would have to rate these at the top of my list. Amazing bars and so easy. Especially starting from a cake mix. What's easier than that???

Hope you are having a great weekend!! Thanks for stopping by on this Sweet Sunday!


Sarah Lou said...

oh my Im just drooling over the name and picture - i believe this needs making over here!! can I just add a touch of honey to peanut butter do you think?? I have never heard of honey roasted peanut butter.

Candy said...

Looks and sounds fantastic!

mustangkayla said...

Oh yum! Those sound incredibly delicious! One it hard to find honey roasted peanut butter?

Sue said...

Love peanut butter and chocolate, but honey roasted? WOW! These bars look fantastic!

Julie said...

Ooh, my favorite combo..yum!!

Mona Pendleton said...

oh my gosh Mara! These are making my mouth water as I work out! YUMMY!!! No slacker here on this blog - you look quite busy to me!

Lucy said...

These look so yummy!!!! I'm gonna whip up a batch for my sister. Lucy x

Joni M said...

I love peanut butter and chocolate too! These look yummy!

Joni M said...

I love peanut butter and chocolate too! These look yummy!

Val said...

Wow, do those ever look delicious. I swear I gain 10 lbs everytime I look at your blog :)

Lydia said...

Your card is wonderful but I have to tell you those bars look EVIL!! I love penut butter and chocolate, those are fat free right???? :)

Michelle said...

Okay. Those look like heaven on a plate. Two of my favorite things, peanut butter and chocolate. Nirvana! I am going to have to make those.

Rebecca Keppel said...

Yikes, those look amazing. Since I am trying to be good I am just going to pretend like I didnt see them....I was never here ;)

BethieJ said...

Ok I NEED these! LOL!! they look FABULOUS Mara!! YUMMY!