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June 27, 2012

Recipe | Peanut Butter Mousse Torte


A Man-Pleasing "Killer" Dessert

We're planning a Thai-inspired grilled menu to celebrate the Fourth of July, and this dessert fits the bill perfectly. Can you think of anything more reminiscent of Thai food than peanuts?

And if the special guy in your life is anything like mine, he loves peanut butter. (Did you know that peanuts are super healthy? Especially for men!) This recipe combines a light, rich mousse filling with an Oreo crust, plus a ganache and peanut topping. I'm going to use 70% cacao dark chocolate to give it even more "health" benefits. Oh my! I just know e-Dad's going to want seconds of this irresistable dessert.

This recipe is quite straightforward, with seven clear steps. If you try it, please leave a comment. I'd love to know how it turned out for you.


Ingredients

Crust
32 Oreos, ground to fine crumbs
5-1/3 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
Pinch of salt

Filling
2 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup confectioner's sugar, sifted
12 oz softened cream cheese
1-1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
2 tbsp whole milk
1/4 cup chopped salted peanuts

Crunch
1/2 cup salted chopped peanuts
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp cocoa powder
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Dash of nutmeg

Ganache
1/2 cup heavy cream
4 oz. finely chopped dark chocolate, 70% cacao or better
1/2 cup chopped salted peanuts


Instructions

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Place a buttered 9-inch springform pan on a baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine the cookie crumbs, salt and melted butter. Press mixture into the pan to form a thin layer on the bottom and sides. Freeze crust for 10 minutes. Bake for 10 minutes, and then let it cool completely on a wire rack.

2. To prepare the crunch, combine 1/2 cup chopped peanuts, chocolate chips, sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon and nutmeg in a small bowl. Toss with a fork and set aside.

3. For the filling, whip 2 cups of the cream using a stand mixer bowl and whisk attachment until medium peaks are formed. Beat in 1/4 cup of the confectioner's sugar, whipping cream until it holds medium-firm peaks. Transfer to a separate bowl and refrigerate.

4. Wipe out the mixer bowl. Using paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and remaining 1 cup of confectioner's sugar on medium speed until the mixture is satiny smooth. Beat in peanut butter, milk, and 1/4 cup of chopped peanuts.

5. Next, gently fold in about 1/4 of the chilled whipped cream using a large rubber spatula. Then, stir in the crunchy peanut mixture. Finally, gingerly fold in the remaining whipped cream. Scrape the mousse out of the mixer bowl and into the crust, filling right to the top. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours (or overnight) until firm.

6. For finishing, melt the chocolate in a heat-proof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water. Remove from saucepan after about 3 minutes, or when the chocolate softens and starts to melt. Remove from water. In another saucepan, bring 1/2 cup of cream to a full boil. Using a small rubber spatula, stir cream into chocolate gently blending mixture until smooth.

7. Pour the chocolate ganache over the top of the torte, smoothing with a metal icing spatula. Spread the peanuts over the top and chill in refrigerator to set, at least 20 minutes. Remove sides of springform pan when ready to serve.


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Source: Recipe adapted from Baking: From My Home to Yours
by Dorie Greenspan, via Annie's Eats. Photo: annieseats (Flickr)



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15 comments:

Dawn said...

I'm a fan of anything that has an oreo crust. This peanut butter torte looks so decadent. I'd love it if you shared over at Whatcha Whipped Up Wednesday

Nicola said...

You have got to be kidding me! This sounds amazing. If there was a 'pin 1 million times' button, I'd click that, but since there isn't, I'll just have to pin the once! :)

Aunt B said...

My oh my! What a wonderful looking dessert! My fella's sure to love this one. :) I'm pinning it to my sweets board. Thank you for sharing it.

Partycraft Secrets said...

oh yum - enough said.

Heather Kinnaird said...

this could be the best dessert I've seen!

Shannon said...

I love peanut butter and chocolate and so does my husband. This dessert looks delicious! :)

Paula said...

Oh wow! That looks amazing! We'd love for you to link this to our party! http://housewivesofriverton.blogspot.com/2012/06/recipe-round-up-23.html

Kimberly said...

I'm literally drooling and wanting to make this immediately even though it's only 9am.

Visiting you from mypinterestreality.com

Kimberly

Lady Behind The Curtain said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your recipe is on Today's Feature Post from Cast Party Wednesday!
http://www.ladybehindthecurtain.com/?p=31224
Thank You for sharing your recipe with us!
---Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain---

Steph @ somewhatsimple said...

This looks delish!!!!

Six Sisters said...

This looks HEAVENLY! Good gracious!! We can't wait to try this baby! Thanks for linking up to "Strut Your Stuff Saturday!" Hopefully we'll see you tomorrow at 8pm MDT for this week's party! :) -The Sisters

Tanya-Lemonsforlulu.com said...

Didn't know that peanuts are more healthy for men??? So glad I read this....because that dessert is flippin awesome!

Geradine said...

This cake looks like heaven on earth!

Amie J said...

I've made this a couple of times now. It has to be the most heavenly decadent dessert ever! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe!!!

e-Mom said...

Amie J: Thank you so much for commenting. Enjoy the dessert!