Chocolate and Peanut Bon Bon’s

Today’s recipe is dedicated to a friend of mine celebrating their birthday today.. She is also an avid reader of Daily Gluttony so I thought it fitting that I should make her a special birthday post – Happy Birthday Bon Bon!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups of peanut butter – I recommend Pic’s Famous Peanut Butter or Woolworths Macro Crunchy. They are both made with just peanuts so it cuts out all the nasty sugar and preservatives of other brands.
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/2 tsp of salt – this is optional, if you don’t like salty peanut/chocolate snacks then don’t put it in!
  • 1 1/2 cups of icing sugar
  • 1/2 cup of softened butter
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 260g of dark choclate – you can use milk if you prefer, but I find it a bit too sweet.

Method

  1. Place the peanut butter, vanilla essence, salt, icing sugar, butter and brown sugar in a bowl and mix until combined.
  2. Roll them into balls 1-2cm big, no larger, and place on a lined tray.
  3. Place in the fridge for an hour to cool or more, overnight is preferable.
  4. Melt the chocolate in the microwave or over a bain-marie, keeping a careful watch that it doesn’t burn with frequent stirring.
  5. Remove the balls from the fridge, place a toothpick in them and dip into the chocolate one-by-one. When removing from the melted chocolate be sure to leave them over the bowl so the excess chocolate can drip back in.
  6. Place onto a lined tray and place in the fridge to set until you are ready to eat them!

NOTE: These are in no way healthy and are bite sized for a reason. If you like your heart pumping away as it currently is, then don’t hide in the corner and eat every last one.

BON BON appétit! xx

Black Forest Muffins

Australian Good Taste - October 2006, Page 55, Recipe by Sarah Hobbs. Photography by Ian Wallace.

Australian Good Taste – October 2006, Page 55, Recipe by Sarah Hobbs. Photography by Ian Wallace.

These Black Forest Muffins are one of the tastiest, simplest and easiest treats you will ever come across. This recipe is an on-the-run/cheats recipe that is designed for those times when you forget you have guests coming for dinner, people drop in OR you might just be really bad at baking and you want to wow people… and trust me these will!

Ingredients

  • 4 good quality double chocolate chip muffins
  • 1 tin of pitted cherries
  • 1 tbs of amaretto, brandy or kirsch
  • 200ml of double cream
  • 2 tsp of cornflour
  • ¼ cup of caster sugar
  • 1 flake bar – crumbled

Method

  1. Drain the cherries and reserve the syrup.
  2. Combine the syrup, sugar and cornflour in a saucepan over high heat. Bring to the boil. Cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes or until sauce boils and thickens. Remove from heat and set aside for 2 minutes to cool slightly.
  3. Use a small serrated knife to split each muffin crossways into 3 layers. Place the bottom layer of each muffin on serving plates. Brush with a little of the kirsch. Top with half the cream, then half the cherries. Continue layering with remaining muffins, kirsch, cream and cherries.
  4. Drizzle the cherry syrup over the top of the muffins and sprinkle with the flake.
  5. Serve and lap up the compliments.

Enjoy!

Vanilla Cupcakes

I thought it apt to start my first recipe post with something sweet so I have included my recipe for never fail cupcakes.

I created this recipe one day when we had unexpected guests calling in and I had very little time to whip something together. These cupcakes are really tasty however they are a tad crumbly but I like them that way. Depending how quick you mix they can be ready in under half an hour, they are also so simple to make that if you have any little hands that would like to help it will be perfect.

You will notice that there were some casualties between the shot of them cooked and the shot of them iced, Mr B discovered them and decided they were too tasty to wait until they cooled.

Ingredients

Makes approximately 16.

  • 200g cubed butter at room temperature
  • 1 tsp Queen Vanilla Essence
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 3 free range eggs
  • 2 ½ cups self raising flour
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tub of Betty Crocker Vanilla Frosting – you could make your own but why bother!

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C /160°C fan forced.
  2. Line cupcake tray with paper cases.
  3. Cream butter, vanilla and sugar.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time while mixing. The mixture will separate at this stage; don’t be alarmed this is normal.
  5. Stir in half the flour followed by half the milk and repeat. Unless the flour has large lumps in it don’t worry about shifting it, shifting flour came about as flour leaving the old mills would often be clumpy or have pieces of husk remaining. If you are using a good quality white flour simply give it a quite mix with a fork to allow extra air in.
  6. If you are using a 1/3 cup-capacity cupcake tray (this is standard size) add 2 level tablespoons of mixture.
  7. Bake for 15-17 minutes until golden.
  8. Stand cupcakes for 2 minutes in the tin, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  9. Ice, decorate and devour.

Enjoy!