* fancy nut butter cups

Posted on November 18th, 2010 by maitreya. Filed under Martha.


I made these amped up peanut butter cups for a lab treat.  I started with this recipe from Martha Stewart.  While at the grocery store getting supplies, I found these little packets of various nut butters (peanut, almond, and hazelnut, in plain, chocolate, honey, and maple variations), so I got a selection of those too.  Instead of using paper cups, I used a set of chocolate molds that I bought from Martha by Mail waaaay back when.  I don’t think I’ve ever used them until last night, haha.

buttercups

They’re astonishingly simple to make.  I melted the chocolate (Valrhona dark and milk chocolate medallions that I found in bulk at Whole Foods) in a metal bowl over hot water.  Spoon a little bit into the bottom of each mold, and coat the walls.  The dark chocolate flowed really smoothly and I just had to tilt the molds to swirl it up the sides.  The milk chocolate was stiffer, for some reason, and I had to use a little butter knife to help encourage the chocolate evenly up the sides.  It’s worth making sure the walls are thoroughly coated since I made a few too thin and they broke during unmolding.

Once they’ve set up (10 minutes in the fridge), I piped the nut butters in.  The Martha filling recipe is way too sweet, in my opinion.  I had to cut it with more peanut butter.  The texture was also too stiff, but that could have been because I used the fresh ground peanuts stuff instead of normal jarred peanut butter.  Adding a little more butter softened it up.  I also added salt.  The little packets were perfect for this step since you just tear off a corner and squeeze it directly in as is.  Spoon more chocolate over the filling, tap to even out, then into the freezer to set up.  I didn’t have enough level surface area in the freezer, so I tried a few of them in the fridge, and I really recommend the freezer.  They contracted more so they unmolded better, and the filling solidified a bit, which helped with the structural stability where I had thin walls.

I’m really happy with them.  They look rather professional, if I do say so myself, and they are super delicious.



One Response to “fancy nut butter cups”

  1. jenny Says:

    Those look awesome. They make me want to try to make some of my own too.

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