Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Peanut Butter Torte

As promised, here is the delicious Peanut Butter Torte that went with the virtual "Date Night In" bridal shower we threw for Steph over at Steph's Bite by Bite last Friday. I figured if you were going to go for the gusto on the meal, you might as well have an outrageously good dessert to accompany it.

You know, because that feeling of stuffing your face until you can't eat any more feels just so good? Or not. But it doesn't matter, either you will save room for this knowing it's hanging out in the fridge, or you will find room for it somewhere. Maybe your leg?

Peanut Butter Torte

Adapted from: Baking: From My Home to Yours, by Dorie Greenspan

1 1/4 cups finely chopped lightly salted peanuts
2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
36 Oreo cookies, finely ground
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled to lukewarm
2 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
12 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons 1% milk
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Coat a 9-inch spring form pan with cooking spray and set it on the baking sheet; set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the Oreo crumbs and melted butter, stirring with a fork until all the crumbs are moistened. Transfer crumb mixture to the spring form pan, pressing the crumbs evenly across the bottom and up the sides about 2 inches. Freeze crust for 10 minutes, then bake for an additional 10 minutes. Transfer crust to a wire rack and let cool completely before filling.

In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup chopped peanuts, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and chocolate chips. Set aside.

In the large work bowl of a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip 2 cups of heavy cream on medium-high until it holds medium peaks. Add 1/4 cup powdered sugar and continue to beat until the cream holds medium-firm peaks. Transfer the cream to a medium bowl and place in the refrigerator until needed.

Wipe the mixing bowl out well with a dry paper towel (do no wash). Switch to the paddle attachment (or regular beaters for a hand mixer). Beat together on medium speed the cream cheese with 1 cup powdered sugar until satiny and smooth. Add the peanut butter, 1/4 chopped peanuts, and milk. Beat until well incorporated.

With a rubber spatula, gently fold in 1/4 of the prepared whipped cream. Fold in the chopped peanut and spice mixture followed by the remaining whipped cream. Pour the filling into the prepared and cooled crust, smoothing the top. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight. Cover with plastic wrap as soon as the filling sets.

Once the filling is properly chilled, prepare the ganache topping. Place the chopped bittersweet chocolate in a medium bowl. In a small saucepan, bring 1/2 cup heavy cream to a boil. Pour the cream over the chocolate and gently stir until the chocolate is fully melted and the ganache becomes fully blended and glossy. Pour ganache over the top of the torte, smoothing the chocolate to the edges with a offset spatula. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup chopped peanuts over the top of the torte. Place the torte back in the refrigerator until the topping sets, about 20 minutes.

To remove the spring form pan, warm the sides of the pan with a hairdryer, then remove the sides. Refrigerate torte until ready to serve.

Serves: 16

While this torte is definitely rich and full of peanut butter flavor, it isn't quite as heavy as some I've had in the past. I wasn't a huge fan of the added cinnamon and nutmeg flavors, but others loved it -- so, do what you will with them. If you're a peanut butter and chocolate purist, such as myself, leave them out, otherwise, include them for added layers of flavor.

Now, don't get me wrong when I say this isn't as heavy as other pies. It is definitely filling and for sure calls for a large glass of milk to accompany it. So for those of you scratching your head on the 16 servings... just trust me on this. I was not able to take down a normal 8-serving-size piece in one sitting. Which is truly saying something.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 136g
Amount per serving
Calories 615Calories from fat 407
% Daily Value
Total Fat 45.2g70%
Saturated Fat 17.4g87%
Trans Fat 1.2g
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 415mg17%
Total Carbs 43.5g15%
Fiber 4.1g16%
Sugars 29.3g
Protein 15.0g
Vitamin A 13%Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 7%Iron 14%


  1. I want this so bad... I could have done without knowing how many calories are in it, though! Haha! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I will invest in a second stomach surgery for this, because I know I will eat the entire thing!

  3. omg, this looks awesome!! I think I would only eat a slice and then have to make sure the rest was taken out of my house so I couldn't eat any more of it!

  4. This looks like heaven to me. My favorite combo!

  5. This looks divine. I love tortes, they are just so pretty. You really did an outstanding job with this. Good tip about the hair dryer. Love it.

  6. Wow. I'm not usually a cheesecake or creamy dessert type of person, but this torte could change that.

  7. I am licking my fingers now. The cookie crumb crust had me at hello!

  8. This is my kind of dessert. Thanks you so much for sharing it and the photos look amazing. everything is so yummy!

  9. Very pretty and perfect end to a date night!

  10. Great recipe with peanut butter. Maybe I should try making it for Christmas.

  11. Oh my, this looks over the top. I love peanut butter (it's up there with one of my favorite foods) and this torte looks crazy good.

  12. Holy frekkin moly! That is a fabulous looking torte!

  13. Saving this one , am on a peanut butter fest at the moment !

  14. Wow this looks indulgent! Lately I have been nibbling on trader joes peanut butter cups like crazy, so this is like a giant version - so tempting!

  15. I want to throw my face into the screen to eat this whole thing.

  16. That is one amazing looking tort. I love how deep it looks. I think Id be with you on the nutmeg and cinnamon too. Seems like odd flavors to party with peanut butter and chocolate. Either way, I would of had to taste test and entire slice to be sure ;)



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