It’s well known that I’m a peanut butter fiend. So much so, that I felt the need to start a group where we create a recipe each month that includes peanut butter and named it peanut butter bash. This month’s theme is peanut butter and chocolate. What a way to kick off this party!
I love macarons and I wanted to get fancy for our first peanut butter bash party. The macaron shell is packed full of peanut butter flavor from PB2. The ganache is a combination of milk chocolate chips and Reese’s peanut butter chips. I didn’t want the peanut butter to get overpowered by the milk chocolate ganache, so it was only necessary to add more peanut butter!
I love using ganache after it has chilled in the fridge for a couple of hours. It’s so thick and pretty much the best thing ever. You know what has made it even better? PEANUT BUTTER. Holy moly. I can’t stay out of it. I’ve been dropping weight for a wedding I was in this last weekend, but now I guess it’s a free for all. I keep telling myself, be good. ..It’s not working. 🙁 Luckily, when I went to pick up the hubs from work yesterday, I dropped a few of these delicious peanut butter macarons off to some of the co-workers.
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1 + ½ cup powdered sugar
- 3 egg whites, room temperature
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- pinch of salt
- ¼ tsp. cream of tartar
- 4 T. PB2 (Powdered Peanut Butter)
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- ½ cup Reese's Peanut Butter Chips
- ½ cup heavy cream
- Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper. If you choose to make a template to follow, make for rows of four circles with a pencil. Flip the parchment paper over so the pencil doesn't get into the food.
- Sift together the almond flour, PB2, and powdered sugar. If you can't find almond flour you can always make it with almonds and a food processor. Finely grind the almonds and sift through a fine mesh sifter. Discard or snack on any large pieces.
- In a large mixing bowl, add in egg whites. Turn on high and beat until the egg whites form a soft peak meringue.
- Add in the granulated sugar, salt, and cream of tartar. Mix on high until a stiff peak meringue forms.
- Very lightly and carefully fold in a third of the almond flour mixture into the meringue with a spatula. All together you'll want to have about 45 turns. If you don't mix enough the macaron shell will be extremely fluffy and cracked. If you over mix, the macaron shell will be extremely flat and might not form a foot.
- Repeat with the rest of the almond flour mixture.
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
- Fill a piping bag with the macaron shell filling. I just used a coupler on the end of my piping bag. Pipe macaron shells on the baking sheet.
- Let the macarons dry until they are no longer tacky to the touch. It will take 20 minutes to 1 hour. If you don't let them completely dry, they can also crack.
- Place in the oven for about 18 minutes until they no longer stick to the parchment paper.
- Let the macaron shells cool.
- In a microwave bowl, add the heavy cream. Microwave for 1 minute and 45 seconds. Make sure you use a bowl that will provide plenty of room for the cream to rise as it gets hot. I used a 2 cup measuring cup to heat my cream in.
- In a separate bowl, add the milk chocolate and peanut butter chips.
- Pour the hot heavy cream into the bowl with the chocolate and peanut butter chips. Let it sit for about 1 minute. Whisk the cream and chips together. If there is still cream on the surface, keep whisking. It just needs to be mixed more. When it is completely incorporated, it will be thick and look like melted chocolate.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for a 2-3 hours until it sets up. We want it at a consistency that can be piped.
- Place the ganache filling in a piping back. It's going to be really thick, so I wouldn't bother with a fancy tip, just a coupler. Pipe a circle in the middle of the bottom macaron, and place the top shell on. Rock it back and forth, carefully not to crack the shell, to spread the filling to the outer edges.
Do you want to join in on the peanut butter bash fun? If so, email Miranda at firstname.lastname@example.org and request to join the Peanut Butter Bash facebook group! The first Thursday of each month we post a dessert with peanut butter and a mystery ingredient. This month’s ingredients were peanut butter and chocolate.
Here are the other peanut butter and chocolate creations!