Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Happy 2013, and a Peanut Butter Mousse Tart

Happy new year, everyone!

Peanut Butter Mousse Tart

I have a couple of friends in town, and there is no better excuse to bake than friends around to feed.

I have been going through a tart phase, and you may take that any way you would like.

Peanut Butter Mousse Tart

So I pulled out Rose Levy Beranbaum's Pie and Pastry Bible and made a peanut butter tart.

The tart crust is basically peanut butter cookie dough, pressed out into the pan and blind baked. This portion of the recipe takes the longest, and that is because there are a couple of one hour rests in the refrigerator. So really, not that hard.

Peanut Butter Mousse Tart

The peanut butter mousse takes at most ten minutes to put together. Just a mix of peanut butter, cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and whipped cream. The filling goes into the pie shell and into the refrigerator.

Peanut Butter Mousse Tart

While the filling chills, the ganache--which is made of mostly milk chocolate with a little bitter chocolate to temper the sweetness--is made and when cooled, spread over the top of the pie.

The tart is a bit rich. You need to be a lover of peanut butter to enjoy this. The peanut butter cookie crust is excellent, the ganache is just the perfect balance, and the whole dessert is divine.

Peanut Butter Mousse Tart


All that is left is to slice and serve to your friends. We chose to do it while watching Ferris Bueller and drinking tea. It was a good way to start the year.

May your new year be the beginning of something sweet, something rich, and something divine.

9 comments:

  1. This was so awesome! It is rich and decadent!! The consistency was creamy smooth perfection! It went great with tea! I'm so glad I was here to enjoy you being a tart (er, getting in to tarts)...

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    1. Thanks Joelf. I am also glad you were here to tart out. Loves you!

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  2. This sounds the correct way to see in 2013...a tart and blog post!
    The tart looks very creamy and lush!
    Wishing you all good things for 2013. xx

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    1. Happy New Year to you and Ian! I hope you are both happy and well. Creamy and lush are perfect descriptors for this tart. A peanut butter lover's dream come true.

      Hugs and love to you, dear friend.

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    2. Happy 2013 to you, ECL! I have to try this, as soon as we're off the proverbial post-holiday diet. I think chocolate and peanut butter are so good together, and what a creative crust!

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    3. thanks Lois! Happy new year to you, too! This tart really makes the best out of peanut butter and chocolate, without going over the top. (well, not TOO over the top.)

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  3. Happy New Year ECL! And congrats on being a tart lol. This looks yummy. Your ganache topping is just perfect - love the swirls.

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    1. Thanks Jenn, and happy new year! I've discovered tarts are way better than pie, pretty much all the time. 2013--year of the tart!

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  4. ב''ה

    Oh gosh that looks good.

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