Guess who has just discovered peanut butter! Yes, it's me. After watching one of Nigella's Christmas shows, I decided it was finally time to buy it. Have I ever mentioned how much I love watching Nigella bake? Nom.
These little cups aren't exactly baked, but they're made with sugar. And flour. And butter. So they count. Maybe you still have no idea what to make for Valentine's day. I use Valentine's day as an excuse to bake red things. That way, Valentine's day doesn't use me. Ha! I've got it all figured out. So, if you want to make/bake red things too, this is certainly a recipe you can try. It takes little time and produces beautiful results. All you need is love, red petit four cases... and six other ingredients.
The red cases on the photo are purely coincidental. I actually made these for Christmas dinner and it was the only logical choice between blue, orange, black and red. Nigella used golden stars as decorations. I couldn't get them anywhere, so I used silver nonpareils. So, this year, you don't have to buy expensive chocolates at the store; you can make your own! And they're so good... I divided all the ingredients in half, but if you have a big family or a big stomach, make the whole recipe. They don't taste bad at all! And I like peanut butter now.
Base (makes 48 tiny cups) (from Nigella)
2 ounces (50 g) soft dark brown sugar
7 ounces (200 g) icing sugar
2 ounces (50 g) butter, softened
7 ounces (200 g) smooth peanut butter
7 ounces (200 g) milk chocolate
3 1/2 ounces (100 g) dark chocolate
- Put the ingredients for the base in a mixer and blend until it looks like sand.
- Use one teaspoon of the mixture for every petit four case. Press the mixture down to form the bottom layer.
- Melt the milk and dark chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Spoon the mixture onto the bases of the petit four cases.
- Decorate the tops with decorations of your choice.
See, I told you it's an easy recipe.
Approximate cost: 5 €