Peanut Butter & Chocolate Banana Cake

This is an oldie, but it was in need of a picture update. I love banana cake. It is one of the easiest cakes to make. And so far this is my favorite version. You can make it in the traditional loaf pan, but this time I used a 22cm square baking dish and I only made half of the recipe. I wanted to decorate it with banana pieces cut into stars. I recommend that if you want to use the star bananas, to only do it if you are making half of the recipe or use a larger baking sheet to spread the batter more. As the stars are so small, they will probably end up sinking to the bottom if the cake is too high.

We are having some friends over for dinner tonight, so this will be our dessert. I’m also excited that at least one of our house projects is done. The background in this picture is the dinning table that Pieter and I made. We couldn’t find a table that we both loved, so we decided to make it ourselves. And I am so happy that we did because I love it and it is unique. We still need to make the bench with the same wood and then do some chair shopping for the remaining space.

Ingredients:

4 ripe bananas, mashed (it is important that they are ripe)

1 cup of sugar

2 eggs

125gr butter, melted

2 cups of all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon of baking soda

2 teaspoons of baking powder

5 teaspoons of milk

2 teaspoons of vanilla essence

½ cup of peanut butter

1/3 cup of cocoa powder

Extras:

Bananas for decoration (optional), I used a small star cookie cutter

 

Preheat the oven to 180/350F. Line an oven dish or loaf pan with parchment paper.

Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl, except for the peanut butter and cocoa powder.

Place the peanut butter in the microwave for 30 seconds. This will make it easier to mix.

Divide the mixture into 2 bowls. Mix the peanut butter with half of the batter, and the cacao powder with the other half. Spoon the batters into the prepared mold, alternating flavors. Once you’ve spooned all of the batter. Use a knife to swirl the batter around and create a marble effect.

Bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. If you make half the recipe like I did, It will take about 25 minutes to cook depending on the shape of your baking mold. When it’s done it will be golden and just use the toothpick method to double check if it is cooked through.

Allow the cake to cool down before slicing it.

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Peanut Butter & Sea Salt Caramel Popcorn

The other day we had unexpected friends over and while they started opening some beers in the kitchen, I made some kettle corn to snack on. This is what I love about popcorn, it’s so easy and quick to make. The variety of flavors you can add to it is basically endless. And this Peanut butter popcorn is such a divine combo! I’ve partnered with Calve Peanut Butter to create this recipe. It’s crunchy, salty, sweet and addictive. The perfect snack for movie night and it also makes a nice edible gift.

This recipe makes 1 large bowl of popcorn.

Ingredients:

For the popcorn:

2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

105grs of popcorn kernels (1/2 a cup)

For the Peanut butter & sea salt caramel sauce:

100grs of sugar (3/4 cup)

45grs of butter tablespoons of butter (3 tablespoons)

105grs of water (¾ cup)

75grs of Calve smooth peanut butter (1/3 of a cup)

1 1/2 teaspoons of sea salt

1 ½ to 2 teaspoons of baking soda

Brush one very large bowl with vegetable oil. If you don’t have one large enough, grease two medium ones. Keep in mind that you need to have enough space to coat all the popcorn in the caramel.

Line a large baking tray with parchment paper.

In a large pan with a lid, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the popcorn, cover and keep the pan moving until all the kernels have popped. Transfer the popcorn to the greased bowl. Remove any unpopped kernels.

Add the sugar, water and butter to a medium pan. Cook over medium heat until it becomes a light golden color. This will take about 10 minutes. Swirl the pan from time to time.

Remove the pan from the heat. Quickly add the peanut butter, sea salt and baking soda. Stir with a wooden spoon until it is all well combined.

Pour the peanut butter caramel sauce over the popcorn and mix well. Spread the popcorn over the prepared baking tray. Allow it to cool down. Once cooled, you can break them apart into smaller chunks. It will keep in an air-tight container till the next day. Enjoy!

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Strawberry Jam Rolls with Peanut Butter Glaze

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Peanut butter and jam is such a childhood favorite and classic combination. I’ve partnered with Hero Fruit to create this sweet rolls recipe using their strawberry jam. For extra flavor, I used coconut milk but if you don’t like it, you can use plain milk instead. For the Dutch version of this recipe and many others, you can check out www.herojamstudio.nl.

This recipe makes 8 large rolls and serves 8 people.

Ingredients:

For the dough:

3 3/4 cups of self-rising flour, plus extra for your working area

7gr dry yeast

1 cup of coconut milk

1 teaspoon of salt

4 tablespoons of butter, melted and cooled

3/4 cup of sugar

1 egg

For the filling:

Half a jar of Hero Original strawberry jam

For the egg wash:

1 egg

1 tablespoon of water

For the peanut butter glaze:

1 cup of icing sugar, sifted

¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon of milk

1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

¼ cup of creamy peanut butter

Extra:

Vegetable oil, for greasing the bowl and oven dish

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To make the dough, warm the coconut milk in the microwave for about 30 seconds. You want it to be lukewarm. Then place it in the bowl of the stand mixer and add the dry yeast. If the coconut milk is too warm, let it cool down a bit before you add the yeast. Let it sit for 5 minutes. In the meanwhile melt the butter in the microwave and allow it to cool down.

Once the 5 minutes for the yeast have passed, add the flour, salt, sugar, butter and the egg. Knead on low speed for 5 minutes, using the dough hook attachment. You can also knead it by hand (for about 10 minutes).

Then remove the dough from the bowl. Clean the bowl and then grease it with a bit of vegetable oil. Form the dough into a ball and place it back into the greased bowl. Cover with plastic film and let it rise for 1 hour in a warm place.

Lightly grease your oven dish with some vegetable oil.

Once the hour has passed, place the dough on your floured working area. Punch it down. Roll it into a rectangle (about 42x32cm). Spread about half of a jar of Hero strawberry jam all over the dough except for the edges. Now this is where it can get a bit messy. Carefully roll the dough lengthwise, be careful not to press too much otherwise the jam will come out from the sides. Then using a very sharp knife, cut off the uneven edges and discard them.

Slice the roll into 8 even pieces. Transfer them to your greased oven dish and be careful not to spill the jam.

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Cut a large piece of plastic wrap and brush it with some vegetable oil. Use it to cover the rolls, greased side towards the rolls. This will prevent the plastic wrap from sticking to the rolls once they rise.

Let the rolls rise for 1 hour in a warm place.

About 10 minutes before the time for the rolls has passed, preheat your oven to 180C/350F.

To make the egg wash, beat one egg with 1 tablespoon of water.

Once the rolls have risen for 1 hour, remove the plastic wrap and brush the rolls with the egg wash.

Bake them for 20 minutes or till golden.

To make the peanut butter glaze, place the peanut butter in a bowl and microwave it for about 30 seconds so it is easier to whisk.

Whisk the warm peanut butter with the milk, vanilla extract and icing sugar. Whisk it for about 5 minutes until it is smooth.

Drizzle some of the peanut butter glaze over the warm rolls. Serve and enjoy!

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Brownie with Peanut Butter Cookie Crust, Whisky Caramel Sauce and Sea Salt

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I had been craving something very rich. I ate chocolate and cookies but they didn’t cut it. I wanted to make a slightly salty dessert and this happened to satisfy my winter munchies. It’s rich, fudgy on the inside, crunchy peanut butter bottom, some caramel on top and some sea salt. It ticked all the boxes. My hubby and I shared the last piece before having breakfast.

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This recipe is for a 19cm round cake mold. I used one with a detachable bottom.

Ingredients:

For the peanut butter cookie crust:

½ cup of smooth peanut butter

56grs of softened butter

¼ cup + 2 tablespoons of white sugar

¼ cup of packed brown sugar

1 small egg

1 teaspoon of milk

½ teaspoon of vanilla essence

½ cup + 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon of baking soda

¼ teaspoon of baking powder

Pinch of salt

For the brownie:

120grs of dark chocolate, chopped

57grs of butter

½ cup of sugar

2 eggs

1 egg yolk

½ teaspoon of vanilla extract

¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon of cocoa powder

Pinch of salt

For the Whisky caramel sauce:

½ cup of sugar

2 tablespoons of water

¼ cup of heavy cream

¼ teaspoon of vanilla essence

½ tablespoon of Whiskey

½ a tablespoon of salted butter

Extra:

Sea salt

Blueberries

 

Start by making the peanut butter cookie crust. Preheat your oven to 180C/350F. Line the bottom of a 19cm round cake mold with a detachable bottom, with parchment paper.

Whisk the softened butter with the peanut butter. Add the sugars and whisk until fluffy. Then add the egg, milk and vanilla. Whisk until well combined. Finally whisk in the dry ingredients.

Place about 2/3 of the cookie dough in the prepared cake mold. You can freeze the rest of the cookie dough and make cookies later on. Press with a spoon to spread it as evenly as possible. Bake it for 8 minutes. Then set it aside and start making the brownie batter.

Melt the butter with the chocolate in the microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring in between until it is completely melted. Then allow it to cool down for a few minutes.

In a medium bowl, whisk the sugar with the eggs and egg yolk. Then slowly whisk in the melted chocolate (make sure it’s not very hot, otherwise it will curdle the eggs). Then add the vanilla, flour, cocoa powder and salt. Whisk until well combined. Pour the brownie butter over the cookie crust. Tap it a bit  to get rid of air bubbles. Bake it for 25 minutes. Then set it aside to cool down in the mold.

Once the brownie has cooled down, carefully pass a knife around the edges of the mold. Carefully take the brownie cake out of the mold and plate it.

To make the whisky caramel sauce, place the sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook without stirring until the sugar has turned amber in color, swirling the pan from time to time. This will take about 8 minutes. Then slowly add the cream and vanilla. Mix it well with a wooden spoon. Then add the whisky and butter. Stir until well combined and then transfer it to a bowl.

Drizzle some of the caramel on top of the brownie and sprinkle it with some sea salt and add some fresh blueberries. Enjoy!

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Peanut Butter Brownie Bars With A Rice Krispie Crust

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I love peanut butter, but here in the Netherlands there is a lack of peanut butter candy, cookies and desserts. You can find Reese’s peanut butter cups, but you have to go to an actual candy store to buy them.  But besides that, you can only find peanut butter jars.  So if you want any PB dessert, you pretty much have to make it yourself.

I bought a box of Rice Krispies and I was meaning to make it into a dessert.  So today I used it and decided to make it into the crust for these brownie bars.  I made the peanut butter frosting with some melted white chocolate and then swirled it with dark chocolate.

Ingredients:

For the crust:

3 cups of Rice Krispies cereal

2 tablespoons of icing sugar

3 tablespoons of melted butter

1 vanilla bean pod or 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

For the brownie:

57gr butter

115gr of dark chocolate, chopped

½ cup of sugar

2 eggs

1 egg yolk

½ teaspoon of vanilla extract

¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon of cocoa powder

Pinch of salt

For the frosting:

1 cup of smooth peanut butter

100gr of white chocolate, chopped

2 tablespoons of butter

½ teaspoon of vanilla extract

For the swirl:

100gr of dark chocolate, chopped and melted

 

To make the crust, put the rice Krispies and icing sugar in the food processor and pulse until you get very fine crumbs. Mix the vanilla with the melted butter in a small bowl and then add the cereal crumbs. Mix well.

Line a small square baking dish (22cm) with parchment paper. Pour the cereal mixture into the baking dish and press to create a crust.  Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.

To make the brownie, put the chocolate and butter in a small bowl and melt it in the microwave. I do it for 30 seconds intervals at a time, stirring every time until it has all melted.  Allow to cool for a few minutes.

In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, egg yolk, sugar and vanilla. Then add the chocolate and mix. Finally add the flour, cocoa powder and salt. Mix until it is all combined.

Pour the brownie mixture carefully on top of the crust. You want to do it slowly and carefully otherwise it will mix with the cereal and it won’t be a crust any more.

Bake for 15 minutes. Then remove from the oven and set aside to cool.

Once the brownie has cooled down, start making the frosting. Place the peanut butter, white chocolate, butter and vanilla in a bowl.  Melt it all together over a water bath. Once everything has melted and it is very smooth, pour it over the brownie.

To make the swirl, just melt the dark chocolate in the microwave or over a water bath.  Then pour lines of the melted chocolate over the peanut butter layer and using a toothpick make swirls.

Put the baking dish in the freezer for 20 minutes to set.

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Once the 20 minutes have passed, soak a knife in hot water for a few seconds before cutting it into bars. Keep in an airtight container.