Friday, February 17, 2012

Peanut Butter Cup Cheesecake

This is rich. There is no way around it. If you've been craving peanut-butter go make this right now!

Ingredients:

Crust
:
1 cup of Oreo crumbs (I just bought Oreo's and made my own, but remove the cream filling)
2 tbs. of sugar
¼ cup melted butter

Filling:

24 ounces softened cream cheese (3 packages)
3/4 cup of sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
3 egg
2/3 cup of peanut butter (don't use the all natural stuff, it won't mix very well)

Peanut Butter Whipped Cream:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
3 tablespoons peanut butter
1 teaspoons vanilla
2 tablespoons sugar

Chocolate Ganache (topping):
1 cup heavy cream
8 oz chocolate, bittersweet or semi, depending on your taste (if you use bittersweet you may want to add sugar or else it will be very bitter and taste like a very dark chocolate)

Directions:

Crust:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Add Oreo crumbs, butter, and sugar together in a 9 inch pie dish.
  3. Mix and then press into the pan so it is compressed.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes.

Filling:
  1. Set oven to 450 degrees.
  2. In a bowl mix softened cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, peanut butter until well blended.
  3. Add 1 egg at a time until it is completely mixed.
  4. Pour mixture into pie pan.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes at 450 degrees.
  6. Reduce heat to 250 degrees and bake for 30 minutes.
  7. Check done-ness by inserting a toothpick in the middle, it should come out clean.
  8. Remove and let cool.
Whipped Cream:
  1. Add cream, sugar, vanilla, and peanut butter to a mixing bowl.
  2. Using a hand mixer or similar device, mix on high for 3 minutes until it forms stiff peaks. Don't over beat of you will make butter.
Chocolate Ganache:
  1. Chop up chocolate and put in a medium bowl.
  2. Pour cream in a small pot and bring to a boil (watch it carefully).
  3. Remove immediately and add to the bowl of chocolate.
  4. Mix vigorously until combined.
  5. Spread a layer on top of the cooled cheesecake.
  6. Garnish with half a peanut butter cup.
  7. Enjoy!

2 comments:

Lisa said...

This was delicious!!

Ben said...

Glad you enjoyed it :)

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