Friday, August 3, 2012
I was fortunate to even get this shot of my Peanut Butter Dream Dessert because it was disappearing so damn fast in our house!
It all started when Kraft Canada sent a care package with their food truck samplers to my door. I started product testing (the crunchy and the whipped both work well in my spicy noodles BTW) and remembered that Reg's mom Lorraine makes a treat called Peanut Butter Pie on a graham cracker crumb crust with vanilla yogurt. Now how could I add my foodie touch to it?
I had 3/4 of a box of chocolate cookie wafers that I broke down into crumbs with my food processor:
I added enough melted butter for the crumb crust to come together, around 3-4 tbsp. You can use melted margarine or canola oil BTW.
I did the "squeeze" test. When I opened my hand, the crumbs kind of stuck together.
I added the crumbs to a greased springform pan and pushed down with my hands and up the sides.
I baked in a 325F oven for 10 minutes, then let cool completely.
I had one package (1 cup) of softened room temperature cream cheese getting creamed in my mixer with a paddle attachment going when I got the rest of the ingredients together. I sifted 1/3 cup icing sugar, measured 1 cup of peanut butter and 1 cup of vanilla yogurt.
I kept scraping down the sides of the bowl until the cream cheese was nice and smooth. Then I added the yogurt, scraping down the side. Followed by the sifted icing sugar. Scrape! Scrape! Scrape! You want a nice and smooth texture.
Then I added the peanut butter, scraping the sides until it was nice and creamy.
I put the filling on top of the crumb crust and smoothed it out with a spatula. I put it in the freezer for an hour to set and then moved it down into the fridge.
We could not stop eating this treat! At first we had it plain which was good but then Reg suggested we top it with cappuccino yogurt which was genius! I insisted on having more chocolate so I took out of my vegetable peeler and added some shavings on top.
Seriously one of the best desserts I have had in a long time and it really is so easy to make. If you have a pre-baked crust, there would be no baking involved at all! The tang from the cream cheese cuts the overwhelming peanut butter flavour. The icing sugar and vanilla yogurt add sweetness and the chocolate crust makes that classic combo: chocolate and peanut butter. Everything comes together like a dream.
I am definitely going to have to make it again soon since it was such a big hit. Nothing better than easy summer baking with fabulously tasty results.