Friday, July 22, 2011

Frozen Chocolate Peanut Butter Terrine



File this under easy peasy.  It's perfect for hot days when you can't stand the thought of turning on the oven. I've made it three times this month; once for a family get-together, once for a birthday party, and once simply because we like it so much.

It's not ice cream, it's not cake, it's not fudge- so I'm calling it a terrine.  Chocolate and peanut butter are melted and folded together with whipped cream then poured in a loaf pan.  A batch of  vanilla whipped cream is layered on top and the whole thing gets a generous dose of salted peanuts before freezing.



This dessert is incredibly rich, so I love to serve it with coffee.  It cuts a bit of the sweetness and I LOVE hot coffee and ice cream together; this reminded me so much of my favorite hot/cold combo.  I think the richness of the terrine makes it even better than ice cream!

Not a coffee fan? A tall glass of milk on the side would also be fantastic.


The recipe is delicious as-is, but I have plans for a hazelnut version.  Simply replace the peanut butter with Nutella and top it with roasted hazelnuts - so easy!

Frozen Chocolate Peanut Butter Terrine
Adapted from a Martha Stewart recipe.                                                                                    [click for printable version]

12 oz. bag of semisweet chocolate chips, or 12 oz. chocolate, chopped evenly
1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 1/2 cups heavy cream - divided
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups roasted, salted peanuts
Wax paper or parchment
Baking spray


1. Coat a 9x5-inch loaf pan with baking spray.  I used a canola spray.

2. Line the pan with a long piece of waxed paper.  Make sure there is enough wax paper to hang over each end of the length of the pan.  Press the paper to the sides of the pan allowing the oil to adhere the paper to the sides. 

3. In a medium bowl, whip 1 ¼ cups of the heavy cream with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Set aside.

4. Melt chocolate – you can do this in the microwave at 30 second intervals, or over a double boiler.  I used the microwave.  

5. Stir peanut butter into the hot melted chocolate until the peanut butter has melted and the mixture is consistent.  Let mixture cool slightly.

6. Gently fold together chocolate mixture and whipped cream.  Pour into prepared pan.

7. Whip remaining heavy cream, gradually adding the ¼ cup sugar and vanilla. Beat until stiff peaks form.

8. Top chocolate layer with sweetened whipped cream.   Spread evenly with an off-set spatula.  Cover whipped cream with peanuts; gently press them into the whipped cream with your fingertips.   Pick up the loaf pan and drop it once on the counter to settle the layers.

9. Wrap tightly in plastic. Freeze for 3 hours.

10. To remove the chocolate loaf from pan, use a dish towel soaked in hot water to warm the sides and bottom of the pan.  Lift chocolate loaf out by gently tugging on the wax paper.  Slice about 1 1/2 inch thick with a large chef’s knife, wiping the knife clean between slices.



65 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Boy oh boy, that terrine looks terribly tempting! It is made with all the things I love... Wonderful.

Cheers,

Rosa

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

chocolate + peanut butter + easy?! I'm sold!

Burnt Mill Candles and Soap said...

I agree with Jessica! I am going to have to try this one out. I can never have enough Chocolate & Peanut Butter together!

eidolons said...

Okay. I know what I'm making this weekend!

Julia said...

3 times in 1 month, good work!!!! I think I might have to make this 3 times, this week, YUM!

Kim said...

Amazing recipe! Because I'm no fan of peanut butter and chocolat together (I know, i'm not normal), i would definitly do the nutella version. Looks so amazing!

Stacey said...

Yum. Yum. Yum.

I love your site. I love your photographs. I love your Biscuit. :) Thanks for sharing the peanuttery goodness x

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray said...

Wow...I bow to the perfection of the recipe.

Jess said...

I don't know what a terrine is, but if this is it, I love them! This looks so incredibly good, can't wait to try this treat out!

Ken│hungry rabbit said...

Frozen Peanut Butter n Chocolate desserts are high on the favorite dessert list. This simple, elegant yet homey terrine is Summer perfection with just a hint of decadence.

Yammie said...

Hot coffee and ice cream is definitely the best thing in the world... well, maybe right after chocolate and peanut butter. :]

Heather (Heather's Dish) said...

I don't care what you call it, this thing looks incredible!

Kessler said...

this looks oh so wonderful. great photography too!

AVE-MARIA said...

looks so delicious

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Sanna said...

That looks so good :)

Alex said...

That has got to be my next baking project!

Lauren at Keep It Sweet said...

I love this in so many ways!

Cocoa and Quinoa said...

Oh wow, this looks like heaven. Will definitely be giving this a try, especially during this heat wave.

brandi said...

This looks so rich AND refreshing! Frozen desserts are all we can handle right now in this heat.

This looks perfect :)

Three-Cookies said...

This looks amazing - ice cream, fudge and cake in one.

Kathleen said...

Heather, this looks delicious and beautiful as usual! I love that it's easy to prepare. We all need a few of those recipes! Hope you're having a wonderful summer!

Caroline @ chocolate and carrots said...

I am loving this and am drooling as I stare at your absolutely beautiful photographs.

Tamara said...

fantastic!! love the peanut butter and chocolate combo!!

Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking said...

Frozen chocolate and peanut butter - nothing better, but maybe with a little hot fudge sauce to start the slow melting process.
Drooling over the pictures!

Sue said...

Love chocolate, love peanut butter, love easy~peasy, LOVE Sprinkle Bakes!!! <3

Katie said...

This went RIGHT into my "make me" folder. I just need to go out and get peanuts. This sounds fantastic!

Erin said...

Oh my goodness this is getting bookmarked!

Bourbonnatrix said...

oh this looks amazing! and then you had to mention nutella! dangerous!

Sarah (Snippets of Thyme) said...

Chocolate + Peanut Butter = American Classic thru and thru. I would definitely need that tall glass of milk to get through a slice of this beauty!! Yum.

vanillasugar said...

yes please.
my love of pb & chocolate is endless.
a frozen terrine is perfect for this summer heat.
dinner! why yes, dinner.

Mellisa said...

Oh this looks like heaven!

Amy said...

Wow, this looks amazing and I love the flavor and texture combination. Love your photography. Stunning as always! ;)

Lili said...

What a perfect treat to make in all this heat! Your pictures make me want to jump right through this screen. Yum city! xoxo ~Lili

Jenn (Cookies Cupcakes Cardio) said...

I have been having the hugest cravings for whipping cream lately! This looks like it is bound to satisfy the desire. YUM!

Mon said...

Delicious Heather! Will keep this in mind for when it gets warmer here! xx

Lora said...

Wow what could be better than this during hot hot days of summer. Also love your idea for the hazelnut version. Yum!

linda said...

with the temps soaring this recipe is fantastic!
your photography as always is great!

SugarBeam said...

This is the perfect culmination of the old Reese's ads- "Your chocolate is in my peanut butter!" "Your peanut butter is in my chocolate!" Thanks again for such a wonderful and user friendly recipe!! :-)
SB
SugarBeams

Irmina Díaz-Frois Martín said...

Delicioso...
Un saludo.

Evan Thomas said...

Can't believe how easy this is. Bookmarking it for a party some day.

The Procrastobaker said...

Literally all i can think is 'wow'! That topping especially looks SO FREAKIN GOOD, actually just all of it looks amazing! So crazily easy, saved n saved again

Rosa said...

Just called my dad, who is at the grocery store and asked him to pick up some nutella and cream =)

Holly said...

Amazing! Looks incredible!!

Lauren Hairston said...

My husband would be absolutely delighted by this! It sounds amazing.

Joy said...

The terrine looks great. I have yet to make one.

Donna said...

I've got to make this for my hubby.... it looks divine.

Kristan said...

This looks amazing. I will definitely be making it soon!! It's soooooo hot here, cooking is pure misery.

Laurie @simplyscratch said...

I'll take mine with coffee!! I'm going to have to make both this recipe and the hazelnut version... too hard to choose!

The Vanilla Bean Baker said...

Wow! I have company coming this weekend and I think I've just found the perfect dessert! Thanks so much. Love the look of this terrine and the fact that it is *easy peasy*.

Lindsey @ Hot Polka Dot said...

This look delicious! Perfect for the summer for sure. And your photos are lovely as usual. :)

marla {family fresh cooking} said...

It is amazing how sometimes the most simple desserts are so satisfying. This looks amazing & I am digging that it is super duper rich...xo

sincerelyjill.com said...

Absolutely no surprise, but I've been craving some cold treats lately. This looks amazing, and that topping looks delicious.

SUNY SENABRE said...

Espectacular receta con un aspecto de lo más delicioso. Tiene que estar riquísima. Te felicito por los postres que haces son magníficos!!!

Besos,

house of earnest* said...

oh my goodness, I will definitely have to try this one! Looks delicious and easy!

Monette said...

I am in trouble coz' I just print the recipe!!

Valerie said...

I don't know how i got to you, but i am so glad i did it!! I follow you by mail now and i also follow you on twitter, i'll be your fan number 1 haha Don't be scared tho, i'm not that sticky =D You make such amaaazing bakings! Love them all...

Jess said...

I know it might be a faux pas, but do you think you could sub low-fat Cool Whip for the cream in this recipe?

Adam Green said...

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This recipe looks amazing! When my recipes call for "Chocolate chips," I substitute them with "Xocai Healthy Chocolate."
Their "chocolate" is full of "flavinols" and "Dark chocolate" has actually been proven to be good for you!
Because "Xocai" "cold presses" all their "cocoa," the "good stuff" is preserved and packed full of "heart healthy antioxidants!"

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Libbie said...

Hi...I just found your blog & ....I think I love you :) Just don't tell my husband :) I am pretty crazy about him too :)

Your creations are fabulous!!!

Erika Beth, the Messy Chef said...

I am so making this on Saturday! (Maybe even sooner since it looks so good!)

Emily said...

My housemate is allergic to nuts - how would you change the quantities to make it nut free? It looks delicious!

dia said...

this looks absolutely amazing!
I will make it soon (:
thanks for sharing.

Jan│Strawberry Cupcakes said...

This looks just so absolutely amazing and topping looks so delicious. Awesome recipe!!

Mary said...

What a lovely dessert. This sounds delicious and it has great eye appeal. This is my first visit to your site and after I read this post I decided to browse through some of those that you had written earlier. I'm so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you share with your readers and I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Salomé said...

He incluido este post en Mis Favoritas de la semana, si quieres verlo está en http://blocderecetas.blogspot.com/2011/10/mis-favoritas-chocolate.html
¡Espero que te guste!

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