Dark Chocolate & Peanut butter fudges
Nothing beats homemade chocolate - its like making your own bread at home vs picking up the one's packed and sold at stores.
Dark coverture chocolate and nuts make an excellent combination, unless you're a plain chocolate lover like some of them are. This triple layer chocolate fudge can be easily made at home, has less prep work and setting time. All you need is a good quality cooking chocolate, crunchy peanut butter to add in that variation in texture and some alcohol if you like it a wee bit spiked :) But then that this is optional.
It is extremely important while melting your chocolate in a fudge recipe, that you do not overheat it . Once you overcook the chocolate there is no turning back. The entire glossy texture is lost and it looks more or less like a split milk. So either use a double boiler to gently slow cook and melt the chocolate or melt in the microwave, if you lack patience like I do.
The choice of whether one needs to add alcohol to this recipe or not is totally left upto you. I have added kahlua, you may also add in strong espresso coffee or old monk rum or plain vodka if you please :) This fudge is super duper easy to prepare, requires less setting time and that buttery layer of crunchy peanuts - adds in an ultimate level of indulgence with every bite! Pair it with a nice tall glass of red wine (I devoured it with some Shiraz), play on some good music and you are set for this lazy, romantic, gloomy weather that we Bangaloreans are blessed with. I am totally hooked to this duo called Two cellos , have you heard them??
INGREDIENTS (makes about 8 fudges)
For the chocolate layer :
1/2 slab - Compound/Coverture dark chocolate
1 tbsp - Sunflower oil
A pinch of salt
1 tsp - Vanilla essence
1 cap full of Kahlua (optional)
For the peanut butter layer :
1/2 cup - crunchy/plain peanut butter
2tbsp - Honey
1 tbsp - Oil
1. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate for 30 secs. Stir well - repeat for another 30 secs.
2. Add the vanilla essence,oil, pinch of salt and stir in. When it is slightly cooler add in Kahlua.
3. Pour this mixture in a square shaped tin lined with parchment paper or silicon moulds. Let it set in the refrigerator for 15mins.
4. For the peanut butter mixture - add peanut butter and honey in a microwave safe boil .Heat for 60secs and stir.
5. Pour the peanut butter mixture as the second layer into the moulds containing chocolate. Let it set for 15mins in the refrigerator.
6. You may either serve this as is - with just 2 layers or repeat with another layer of melted chocolate, like I did.
7. These fudges can be stored for upto 2 weeks in a cool, dry place - I normally keep them in the refrigerator in an air tight container.
These are rich fudgy chocolates with a gooey peanut butter layer in the centre , which adds in a nice sweet, salty and nutty taste. You may also add chopped cashews, roasted almonds or pistachios to make it all the more yummy. Perfect for gifting and serving for a house party :)
Do try out this easy recipe and let me know how it turned out for you :) Have a great week ahead!!
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