The One That Started it All!
Over the past few months, I have been releasing a series of chocolate bar recipes. They are truly one of my favorite endeavors recently and certainly my favorite no bake recipe. For those looking to get into baking but don’t want to engage in the chemical reaction that occurs between flour, water, yeast, and salt, then these recipes are definitely a great starting place.
However, I have yet to release the recipe that started it all. I am talking about peanut butter bars. The combination of chocolate and peanut butter can, in my eyes, bring forth world peace. No bashing on John Kerry, but I believe peanut butter and chocolate can make a master of foreign policy. Considering chocolate and peanut butter most likely don’t have any form of measurable consciousness, it is likely suited for your mouth instead of foreign affairs.
Give that Beaver Some Antacids
When baking with peanut butter, I can only think of one craft beer to get the job done. This recipe, I return to a personal favorite, Belching Beaver’s Peanut Butter Milk Stout, to help take chocolate and peanut butter to a whole new level. This beer pours black with a tan head. Smooth coffee and chocolate notes penetrate the palette initially, with a milky peanut butter aftertaste that lingers in the best possible way imaginable. It’s like going to the best party ever, hosted by Peanut Butter Milk Stout, only knowing that you have to leave early because you made the damn meeting the next day way too early. In some cases, you may be willing to cancel your appointment to simply spend more time with this great host. One Beer Advocate user said it best:
If Willy Wonka, the Starbucks Mermaid, and Mr. Peanut had a baby as the result of an ecstasy fueled threesome, this would be the afterbirth produced as that love child was brought into the world.
Peanut Butter Ecstasy
Be sure to not burn the chocolate in this recipe as chocolate tends to burn quite easy. You can certainly add cream to the melted chocolate which would make it less dark if you are into that, but I feel this isn’t necessary whatsoever. The bottom portion of the bar, which consists of peanut butter, graham crackers, sugar, and peanut butter appears very graining simply by looking at it. However, the moment it enters your mouth, chemical magic occurs as the once solid melts instantly in your mouth. No grainy sugary bits at all.
This is a fun easy dessert to make and a great starting point for those seeking to start their new baking (or no baking) lifestyle. For such delightful flavors, I could only think of Belching Beaver’s Peanut Butter Milk Stout to help with this delightful experience. My only regret is that I didn’t share this recipe earlie.r
- In a medium bowl, combine butter, graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar, and 1 cup peanut butter until well blended. Grab a 9 inch square pan and spread the mix into the bottom layer of the pan.
- Simmer water and place a metal bowl over the water to begin the double boiling process. Melt the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and Beaver's Milk Peanut Butter Milk Stout in the bowl until smooth. Be sure to continuously stir. Once smooth, pour the chocolate over the butter mix, spreading evenly. Let sit in the the fridge for 1 hour before cutting and serving