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Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies

by on February 25, 2007 · 5 comments

This recipe is from Dorie Greenspan. I halved it, and baked the brownies in an 8 inch square pan. I also upped the ratio of chocolate to butter in the ganache and omitted the nutmeg.

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Peanut Butter Fudge Brownies with Salted Peanuts

Brownies
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temp
3 1/2 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 1/2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
3/4 cups sugar
3/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup roasted salted peanuts, coarsely chopped

Frosting
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter (do not use natural or old-fashioned)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
6 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/16 teaspoon salt (tiny, tiny pinch)
1/2 tablespoon whole milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Ganache
5 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoons butter, unsalted

Brownies
Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 325°F. Line an 8 inch baking pan with foil, leaving long overhang; butter foil. Place butter and both chocolates in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave 30 seconds; Stir and repeat until mixture is hot and smooth. Whisk in sugar, vanilla and salt, then add eggs, at a time. Fold in flour, then nuts. Spread in prepared pan and bake until tester inserted into center comes out with moist crumbs attached, about 25 minutes. Place pan on rack; cool.

Frosting
Using electric mixer, beat peanut butter and the 2 tablespoons of butter in medium bowl to blend. Beat in powdered sugar and salt, then milk and vanilla. Spread frosting over brownies. Chill for about an hour to set frosting (this makes spreading the chocolate easier).

Ganache
Place chocolate and the 2 tablespoons of reserved butter in a small microwave-safe bowl. Heat on high 30 seconds. Stir and repeat until smooth. Drop ganache all over frosting; spread to cover. Chill until set, about 1 1/2 hours.

Using foil as aid, transfer brownie cake to work surface; cut into squares. Bring to room temperature; serve. Makes 15 brownies

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Published on February 25, 2007

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

carole February 25, 2007 at 12:22 pm

another winner, Anna. Too bad you can’rt do Pillsbury again. BTW, was that your first time at the BO?

KelliRR February 25, 2007 at 5:40 pm

Two peanut butter and chocolate recipes in one week? Color me happy!!

Debbi February 26, 2007 at 2:44 pm

Glad to know it’s nice and sunny somewhere in Texas. Mother Nature just piled on another 15 inches of snow this weekend here. Ugh. Makes me feel like baking.

You know – the Frito Brownie could work…….

Anna February 26, 2007 at 3:26 pm

Carol, my first one was in Hollywood.

Kelli, it’s hard to go wrong with pb & choc.

Debbi, you can make the Frito brownies and get back to me.

Catharina November 26, 2008 at 7:52 am

These brownies are amazing. Everyone I’ve made them for still talks about them (and wants more).

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