As some of you may know by now, I am with child. It is our first little baby so as expected, we are very excited. I have just this week crossed the halfway mark and in terms of food I have been pretty good. Eating plenty of fresh fruit and veges every day, more protein than I would normally put away and of course keeping up with my multi-vitamins, really trying to think about what is going in and how it is benefiting baby. I have deliberately avoided the sweets and crisp aisles in the supermarket, as my self discipline can only stretch so far and no further – if I can’t see it I won’t know that I feel like it is my reasoning. I also have not had any weird cravings as such, just more amplified cravings for the things I normally love. Although, in the last few days I have felt my resistance starting to crumble slightly, and all I seem to have on my mind is peanut butter. It all started with an advertisement I saw in a food magazine for new whipped peanut butter. Can you imagine? Smooth peanut butter that is whipped into light, fluffy clouds of decadence. Then came the unproductive search for Reece’s peanut butter cups that I cannot find in any stores and still this insatiable craving for peanut butter would not leave me.
And yesterday it all came tumbling down. I knew I had to get my hands on some peanut butter, for the sake of everybody around me (as the rise in my irritability levels felt like a direct correlation to this all consuming peanut butter craving). So I did what any normal pregnant woman who loves to bake would do: a Google search with the keywords ‘peanut butter recipes’. A plethora of recipe ideas started to roll in and I decided on Martha Stewart’s No Bake Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Bars as the base and inspiration for this peanut butter dream that was to satisfy all my cravings. So off to the supermarket I went boldly approaching the cookie aisle to get everything else I have craved over the last few weeks that was to be included in my peanut butter dream. As I started to unload my basket at the checkout, I wanted to explain to the lovely young operator that I was pregnant and that was why a grown woman was unpacking biscuits, chocolates and three tubs of peanut butter (my new whipped peanut butter, smooth and extra crunchie). Although I suspected that she has probably seen worse. At least I was unpacking some vegetables too…Nonetheless, I was rather embarrassed over this sheer indulgence. That was until I got home and had my first spoonful of the whipped peanut butter…
So what I made can really only be summed up by calling it the personification of a pregnant woman’s cravings. It’s a layered slice with a base of melted peanut butter, chocolate wafers and white chocolate Tim Tams, a middle layer of whipped peanut butter topped with a layer of melted dark chocolate. Really easy to make, and no baking required. But be warned it is not for the faint-hearted!
Layered Crispy Peanut Butter Dream
1 cup crunchie peanut butter
¾ cup smooth peanut butter
1 tbs cocoa powder
½ cup icing sugar
1½ cups chocolate wafers, roughly chopped
1½ cups white chocolate Tim-Tams, roughly chopped
¾ cup whipped peanut butter (or regular smooth peanut butter)
200g dark chocolate, melted
2 tbs smooth peanut butter, melted
20g milk chocolate, melted
- Combine the butter, peanut butter, cocoa powder and icing sugar in a small saucepan and stir over medium heat until all the ingredients have melted together (approximately 2 minutes).
- Take the saucepan off the heat and stir in the wafers and Tim-Tams.
- Line a square or rectangular tin (I used 19 x 19cm) with baking paper and pour the melted mixture into it.
- Place in the fridge for about half an hour or until the mixture has hardened.
- Spread a generous layer of whipped (or smooth) peanut butter over the base layer, depending on your taste as much or as little as you want.
- Slowly pour the melted dark chocolate over the peanut butter and spread over evenly.
- Place back in the fridge to set for approximately half an hour.
- Once the chocolate layer has set, drizzle over melted peanut butter and milk chocolate.
…be fearless, and have fun!