Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Chocolate Banded Peanut Butter Hearts of Love -- Tuesdays with Dorie


I struggled with what to call this 'creation' -- chocolate banded ice cream torte just didn't do it justice, at least not in my mind. Is the title kind if corny? Yeah, maybe a little, or if you are not in looooove...in love with peanut butter and chocolate that is! Now to be completely honest I do like the peanut butter chocolate combination but it's not my favorite thing ever, and I would probably order carrot cake instead, but I do enjoy a good peanut butter and chocolate mingling every now and then. If you are a peanut butter chocolate maniac than this is certainly the dessert for you!

The minute I started thinking about Dorie's Chocolate Banded Ice Cream Torte, chosen by Amy of Food, Family and Fun , I wondered what ice cream to use with the chocolate ganache I just had to throw peanut butter in the mix. How could you not? My other idea was to do a chocolate orange ice cream torte which sounded amazing, but it didn't materialize.

If you read my TWD chocolate pudding post you may remember that I don't like eggs. Don't know why, never have, I'm not a vegan (I am a lifelong vegetarian though), and I'll gladly eat eggs baked into pancakes or cookies or carrot cake (hmmm, am I craving carrot cake?) but I just don't like anything eggy...the smell, the texture, whatever it is just really turns me off, ever since I was a child. So imagine my surprise when I read that Dorie's ganache had 8 - yelp - yes, that's an eight there, eggs! Uck. Sorry sorry sorry! I really do feel bad changing the recipe so much, but there was no way eight eggs were going into anything in this house. Shudder. I've made ganache many times and never used eggs so I just went with my regular heavy cream/chocolate ganache recipe. It worked, yay! Egg battle OVER! At least in this recipe.

I could never ever "make" an ice cream dessert without homemade ice cream, so I made some super yummy egg free peanut butter ice cream that was so rich and creamy, perfect pairing with my ganache.


I was thinking of how I was going to present my ice cream torte, muffin cups sounded great, I didn't want to dig out the springform pan, maybe if I had a special event to bring this too, but really I made this 'just for fun' and didn't want a huge amount of it sitting in the freezer for who knows how long. While racking my brain somehow hearts came to mind, I was going to use my silicon heart pan, and the I remembered my coeur a la creme molds that I recently purchased for a Barefoot Bloggers recipe. I had neatly packed them away, thinking it would be years, or atleast until Valentine's Day until I retrieved them, but no, they were not done with their service yet. They would be just perfect for this weeks Tuesdays with Dorie!



Unmold and here's what I had...not gorgeous, but not bad.

But that was not all, oh no, that was not all...




had to add some chopped up Reece's Cups, not the minis, which while fun, do not give the proper peanut butter to chocolate ratio as seen in full sized Reece's Cups, at least not in my book.

And why-oh-why not add some melty chocolate ganache, it was just sitting there anyway, beckoning to be used...use me it called, use me...


Ahhh, mountains of chocolate peanut butter ice cream goodness, all in the shape of hearts. The romantic in me came out while making this dessert, I imagined a madly in love couple, esacping to a bed and breakfast for the night, the Chocolate Banded Peanut Butter Hearts of Love waiting on a little table under a silver dome... then feeding this dessert to each other, on a bed of silk sheets with rose petals around...


Did this dessert get me whisked away to a bed and breakfast? In my mind maybe, but in real life nope. Oh-well. Maybe next time. I honestly don't think I've ever made anything so romantic before though, maybe it's all in my head and this is just some ice cream with too much chocolate on it, either way it was fun :)

18 comments:

The Food Librarian said...

Wow! That's some creation! It's great to know that you can go egg-less with this recipe. The ice cream looks so yummy! Peanut butter is a wonderful addition.

Debinhawaii said...

Wow! That is some dessert--just the ice cream sounds decadent enough on its own--let alone your entire creation! Nice way to mult-purpose those Coeur a la Crème molds!

Engineer Baker said...

Wow, I think you amped up the excess factor in this dessert! PB and chocolate is always a good thing though.

Prudy said...

I love the hearts. I did pb and chocolate too. I wish I would have left the eggs out of the ganance like you did. The eggs made me nervous.

Flourchild said...

That is the tastiest most fattening ice cream torte I've seen yet! I love it! All of those peanut butter cups on top are amazing.

Rebecca of "Ezra Pound Cake" said...

Nom nom nom. That would call my name from the freezer 24/7.

n.o.e said...

Funny! Well, I would certainly LOVE to eat your concoction. Chocolate and peanut butter are neck and neck with chocolate and coffee in my book of favorites (I went with the coffee for this challenge).
Nancy

Cathy said...

Wow -- that looks amazing! I definitely need to try chocolate and peanut butter next time. And the heart pans -- so cute!

Kayte said...

You and your eggs...LOL! I feel the same way about chocolate, but my guys like it, so I put up with it.

Your little heart molds are very cute...I can think of a million uses for those right now.

Everything looks very decadent and rich and chocolatey and my guys would be on all that in a flash...great job!
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Shari said...

Wow, that would be delicious with peanut butter and chocolate and homemade ice cream all wrapped up in a heart! Great job!

The DeL Sisters said...

What a neat creation! I think its very cute.........and it looks so yummy!

Teanna said...

You're KILLING me with all of the PB and Chocolate goodness! I'm the biggest PB/Chocolate Fan in the WORLD! Can I come over and eat it all!

1freshstart said...

Before I even started reading I thought, "Oh, thank the Lord she found another use for those molds!" Can you email me your recipe for pb ice cream without eggs? That looks fantastic!
~The Cat's Pajamas

Natashya said...

Great idea to use the coeur moulds.
Totally decadent dessert! My sons would go bananas for this. Even though they are now bigger than me, they still love their peanut butter.
I think it is very romantic, sweet and sticky. I'd start leaving b&b brochures under his pillow.

Jacque said...

Ooooh, it is too bad we couldn't have traded... yours looks WAY yummy!

Jodie said...

Holy peanut butter and chocolate! It looks great!

Barbara said...

Wow! I am drooling over this beautiful dessert and I don't even like peanut butter with chocolate! Fabulous!

Di said...

Wow, that looks fabulous! I agree, the proper peanut butter to chocolate ratio in Reeses is important. My favorite is actually the eggs that that do at Easter time.

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