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Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte

If you are searching for the perfect Thanksgiving dessert that will WOW your guests, then look no further.  This combination of a peanut butter mousse filling and Oreo crust will leave your guests begging for more.  Your dessert will be the talk of the holiday!

I did leave the espresso powder out when I made this, but only because I forgot I needed it and didn’t have time to go out and get some.  It was delicious without it, but next time I’ll add it in, as I think it would balance out the cinnamon flavor a little better.

At first glance, the recipe may seem a bit time-consuming and overwhelming.  But, give it a shot.  It really is easy and fun to make!  Plus, who can resist taste testing here and there while making it!

The Oreo crust is pretty thick, so if you don’t want such a thick crust, you can refer to the original recipe here.  I, personally, love Oreo crust so used Annie’s adjustment to make it thicker.  Some readers have asked in the past if they need to remove the cream from the Oreo cookies when making Oreo crust.  Absolutely not!  Do not go through that effort, as the crust also includes the creamed center.  Once it’s processed into crumbs, you don’t even know it’s there.  It just looks like the cookie crumbs.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte

Printable Recipe

For the crust:
32 Oreo cookies, finely processed into crumbs
5 1/3 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted and cooled
Small pinch of salt

For the crunch:
1 1/4 cups salted peanuts, finely chopped, divided (for the filling, crunch and topping)
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. espresso powder
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
Dash of ground nutmeg

For the filling:
2 cups heavy cream
1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
12 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter (not natural)
2 tbsp. whole milk

For the topping:
1/2 cup heavy cream
4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

Directions:
To make the crust, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Butter a 9-inch springform pan and place it on a baking sheet.  Combine the Oreo crumbs, melted butter and salt in a small bowl.  Toss with a fork to moisten all of the crumbs.  Press into a thin layer covering the bottom and sides of the springform pan.  Freeze the crust for 10 minutes.  Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely before filling.

To make the crunch, in another small bowl combine 1/2 cup of the chopped peanuts, mini chocolate chips, sugar, espresso powder, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Toss with a fork to mix and set aside.

To prepare the filling, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip 2 cups of the cream until it holds medium peaks.  Beat in 1/4 cup of confectioners’ sugar and whip until the cream holds medium-firm peaks.  Scrape the cream into a separate bowl and refrigerate until needed.

Wipe out (do not wash) the mixer bowl, replace the whisk with the paddle attachment, and beat the cream cheese with the remaining 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar on medium speed until the cream cheese is satiny smooth.  Beat in the peanut butter, whole milk, and 1/4 cup of the chopped peanuts until well combined.

Using a large rubber spatula, gently stir in about 1/4 of the whipped cream just to lighten the mousse.  Still working with the spatula, stir in the crunchy peanut mixture, then gingerly fold in the remaining whipped cream.  Scrape the mousse into the crust, mounding and smoothing the top.  Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight; cover with plastic wrap as soon as the mousse firms.

To finish the torte, put the chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water.  Leave the bowl over the water just until the chocolate softens and starts to melt, about 3 minutes; remove the bowl from the saucepan.  Bring the 1/2 cup of cream to a full boil.  Pour the cream over the chocolate and, working with a rubber spatula, very gently stir together until the ganache is completely blended and smooth.

Pour the ganache over the torte, smoothing with a metal icing spatula.  Scatter the remaining peanuts over the top and chill to set the topping, at least 20 minutes.  When the ganache is firm, remove the sides of the springform pan.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Source: Annie’s Eats

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Comments

  1. This look goooooood!
    Also, your peanut butter pumpkins are very cute! I made some pumpkin truffles last week and they a were a huge hit! Yours are very cute and sound yummy!

  2. This looks amazing; I had already decided on a Thanksgiving dessert, but this is giving me second thoughts. I would leave out the peanuts because of Heather’s allergies, but I think it would work! Thanks, Nikkeroo!

  3. This looks great! You’re right, the recipe doesn’t look too difficult. It’s just whipped cream, cream cheese filling, and a ganache. I don’t like pumpkin or sweet potato pie, so I will be saving this recipe. I will, however, ,substitute the nuts with toffee bits since I’m not a nut fan. Thanks for the yummy photos!

  4. I saw this torte on Annie’s. She’s (the torte) a beauty!
    ~ingrid

  5. peanut butter pie

  6. This is a keeper… I have a version that is very similar and love it love it love it!! Looks so DAMN yummy!!

  7. Lovely…… I’m getting hungry.

  8. This is definitely a wow……OMG I love peanut butter and so do my girls….I have to make this for them!!

  9. I tried this and love, love, LOVE it!! The family devoured it, so rich but so darn yummy!

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