Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Perfectly Paired

I had a roommate in college who was very opinionated. She firmly knew that there was a right way and a wrong way, and was never shy about expressing it. Softball was the only right and true sport, it was an abomination to pollute a hot dog with anything other than mustard, and the only perfect peanut butter was Skippy.

This set up a little dynamic tension in our room as I am opposed on principal to having balls thrown at me (I am catching impaired), I like ketchup on my hot dogs, maybe a little chopped onion, too, and my favorite p.b. brand is Jif. Skippy has a more roasted peanuty taste, but Jif has sugar added and to a person of my particular palate (sugar fiend) the added sugar makes wonderful things happen with the peanut taste.

My roommate and I managed to find common ground (school, boys, parties, boys, and boys) so we didn't kill each other during our tenure together, but when we parted ways, we were still each firmly convinced of the rightness of our beliefs. After all, you can leave your clothes lying around, let mold grow in the coffee cups, but you don't mess with my peanut butter!

Since adding sugar to peanut butter only improved it's flavor, I was in the delightful quandary of what to do with the extra filling from my Peanut Butter Creme-Filled Cookies. I thought of rolling it into little balls and dipping it in chocolate. Yumm. Sugared peanut butter with chocolate? Oh yes!

But while that thought was percolating in my brain, I happened across a recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream in The Perfect Scoop, and had a brilliant thought. Why not stir my leftovers into the ice cream? Why not, indeed? I did and it was heavenly! The recipe makes a dense, intensely chocolate ice cream with overtones of peanut butter taste, then as you take a bite you hit a pocket of frozen peanut butter filling. If you like peanut butter cups, this is your dream ice cream!

Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream
- adapted from The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz

2 cups (500 ml) half-and-half
1/4 cup (25 g) unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1/2 cup (100 g) sugar
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup (130 g) smooth peanut butter

Peanut Butter Creme Filling

3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) salted butter, softened
2 Tbsp half-and-half
1 tsp vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups powdered sugar

(For the dark chocolate color and deep chocolate taste be sure to use the Dutch-process cocoa)

Whisk together the half-and-half, cocoa powder, sugar, and salt in a large saucepan. Heat the mixture, whisking frequently, until it comes to a full, rolling boil (it will start to foam up). Remove from the heat and whisk in the peanut butter, stirring until thoroughly blended.

Chill the mixture thoroughly in the refrigerator. While it is cooling, make the creme filling. This is a full recipe, so you'll have leftovers to put in cookies, make peanut butter balls, or make many batches of this fabulous ice cream. Or you could reduce the recipe.

Pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and freeze according to the directions. The last 5 minutes of freezing, stir in the peanut butter filling.

For an over the top, show-stopping dessert, serve it with The World's Best Hot Fudge Sauce.


Anonymous said...

Great idea to swirl in the creme filling! Your photos are making me want ice cream for breakfast:)

Kelly-Jane said...

That's one fabulous add in! It looks so good, and I like your chic plate too :)

Jerry said...

See when it comes to peanut butter, I don't care what brand it is as long as it chunky.

Anh said...

Excellent sweet treat, as uasual! :) I really can finish the whole thing in seconds!

Anonymous said...

I just wish I had the time and grace for my figure to try all the amazing recipes you post. I don't get to often but I love visiting regularly to see what new yummy treats you've posted.

**doffs her cap and vanishes**

Edith said...

Peanut butter is a hot favourite in my family. I am sure my family will love this recipe so let's hope I can get an ice cream maker for Christmas.

BTW, thanks for dropping by my blog. Yours is awesome.

Anonymous said...

I've always love peanut butter. A simple peanut butter with jam sandwich can satisfy me quite easily. Can't make ice-cream too coz got no "tools".

Anonymous said...

Sounds and looks delicious. I love peanut butter and am thankful I am not allergic to nuts or have a family member who is allergic. Wouldn't it be awful to to be allergic to chocolate too...or to hate eating?
Did you put the peanut butter cookies on the pretty rose plate, just for me?
I notice pretty plates.
I really need a ice cream machine.

Anonymous said...

That looks divine! I am so close to getting and ice cream maker and that book now! I am dying for a taste of this :)

Anne said...

I'm no fan of peanut butter but I'm sure this ice cream would definitely change my mind :)

WokandSpoon said...

That is definitely one show-stopping dessert or should I say "heart-stopping" dessert!!
and that's it - I'm buying that book!

Anonymous said...

Unh unh *makes grabby motions towards the computer screen* I want I want I want :(

Yes, peanut butter is my childhood food, so watch me revert to the mentality of a 5yo ;)

Patricia Scarpin said...

What a fantastic way of using the cookies, Lynn!
I'm even more curious about peanut butter bakes and ice creams!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Maria - Is there something wrong with ice cream for breakfast?

Kelly-Jane - I found the plate at a thrift store- a blogger's best friend!

Jerry - Mmmm, chunky!

Anh - Thanks, sweetie. So glad you're back.

Gabe - You can save your favorites and make them later with your sweetie.

Precious Moments - I love your cupcakes. So cute!

Tigerfish - Sandwich, ice cream, or straight up on a spoon. It's all good.

Melinda - The plate was my Grandma's. Thanks for noticing!

Joey - Go splurge. You'll love it, and your friends will, too.

Anne - Don't your boys like peanut butter?

Wok and Spoon - Yeah! My relentless ice cream postings have worked. You will love it. There's so much good stuff in there.

Ellie- You make me laugh!I think there's a 5 year old in all of us wanting to be fed.

Patricia- Thanks. You are so kind. I wish we could get together and have a peanut butter baking day. :-)

Cheryl said...

For me, the perfect peanut butter is anything that I can fit my spoon into and stick it in my mouth.

Gorgeous ice cream.

Jerry said...

My 7 random facts are up! My lady!

SteamyKitchen said...

I really want a scoop now...but I should be on a diet....blogging has made me gain 5 pounds! ARGH!

Brilynn said...

Keep the ice cream coming! I'm making two more kinds today...

diannem said...

Could it be better than Peanut Butter Cups? Why yes it is! The creaminess brings the flavor to your mouth so much more effectively than a chocolate candy ever could.
On top of that, the ice cream itself is superb. It is the smoothest I've ever had.
Thank you, THANK YOU!!