Friday, November 20, 2009

PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE DESSERT - WITH AWARD WINNING WHIPPED CREAM (and a question)

I found the recipe for this luscious peanut butter-chocolate dessert over at A Blog About Food. Teresa warned that the pie was "pure evil" because it kept beckoning to her and she couldn't leave it alone and she was right!! Evil aside, it would make a fantastic addition to ANY holiday table. It has an Oreo cookie crust, a peanut butter-cream cheese layer and then a chocolate pudding layer. It is definitely "over the top" scrumptious. Thanks for sharing the recipe Teresa.

The whipped cream on this dessert is my own tweak. It is a cream cheese-whipped cream that is completely stable (it does NOT deflate). If you look at the second photo, you can see how well it pipes and, amazingly enough, it stays that way for days (in the fridge)!!


PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE DESSERT
20 Oreos, divided
2 tablespoons butter, softened
(1) 8 ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
½ cup peanut butter
1½ cups powdered sugar, divided
(1) 16 ounce carton whipped topping, divided
15 mini peanut butter cups, chopped
1 cup cold milk
(1) 3.9 ounce instant chocolate fudge pudding mix

Crush 16 of the cookies in food processor, add melted butter and press into the bottom of an Ungreased 9” square dish
(I used a 9” round spring form pan).

In large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, peanut butter and one cup of the powdered sugar until smooth. Fold in HALF of the whipped topping and spread over the Oreo crust. Sprinkle with peanut butter cups (chop them pretty small).
In another mixing bowl, beat the milk, pudding mix and remaining powdered sugar on low for two minutes then fold in the remaining whipped topping. Spread over the peanut butter layer. Crush the remaining 4 Oreo cookies and sprinkle over the top. Cover and chill for at least three hours.

NOTE: I removed the frosting layer from the Oreos and then processed them into very fine crumbs.


STABLE WHIPPED CREAM
(1) 8 ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
½ cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon almond extract (optional)
2 cups heavy whipping cream

Combine the cream cheese, sugar and extracts in a large mixing bowl until very smooth (scrape the sides of the bowl often). While the mixer is still running, slowly pour in the heavy cream. Continue beating on high speed until very stiff peaks form.

NOTE: I left out the almond extract for this chocolate dessert, however, if you are using this whipped cream for anything but chocolate, the almond extract is a nice addition.


NOTE: Make sure you stop and scrape the bowl sides down while you are whipping the cream.
 

 
This is what the dessert
looks like inside