I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but there has been a campaign sweeping social media called the 100 days of happiness challenge It couldn’t really be simpler. The challenge is… ‘Can you be happy for 100 days in a row?’
It sounds easy enough but it’s amazing just what we let ourselves moan about on a daily basis. It’s a classic case of letting the small and trivial things in life irritate us and generally get the better of us.
A few months ago we went to see Jason Manford (the comedian) at the Hammersmith Apollo and his show was all around the theme of ‘first world problems’. It was absolutely hilarious to hear the daily problems that we let annoy us. The more popular revelations from the evening included having to turn the bread upside down half way through toasting because the bread is too big for the toaster, or, making a bacon sandwich and going to put some tomato ketchup on it and getting the runny watery stuff come out first. So annoying!
But how difficult can it really be to find something each day, take a photo of it and announce to the world through a photo that ‘this’ made me happy today. It really could be anything that makes a smile appear across your face. Maybe it’s that you received a card from a friend, or that cup of coffee first thing in the morning or in my case, these delicious peanut butter cups.
I’ve talked previously about being a peanut butter fiend and I’ve posted recipes for peanut butter cookies and peanut butter jammy dodgers so really I needed no reason at all to make these peanut butter cups beyond the fact ‘they would make me happy’.
I’d been thinking about ordering the beautiful book ‘Sweet Things’ by Annie Rigg for a while and after leafing it through it in a shop enough times, I bit the bullet and got myself a copy in time for the weekend.
The treats described and pictured in the book are all so enticing but I thought the marriage of chocolate and peanut butter was as good a place as any to start on the sugar adventure inside the pages of this book.
These take all of about 20 minutes to knock up and couldn’t be simpler and the result is the cutest mini peanut butter cups.
Beautifully smooth chocolate cases, hiding the buttery peanut butter centre. Topped with speckles of chopped peanuts.
I’m not going to deny they are rich peanut buttery chocolate mouthfuls of heavenly calories, but because they are so small and only require a couple of bites, you don’t feel nearly so guilty eating them.
Eat, enjoy, be happy!
Peanut Butter Cups
Makes 16 mini-muffin sized cups.
You’ll need a 24 or 12 hole mini-muffin tin, mini-muffin cases or foil mini-muffin cases
50g white chocolate, chopped
100g crunchy peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
150g milk chocolate, finely chopped
150g dark chocolate, finely chopped
25g salted peanuts, finely chopped
Place your mini-muffin cases in your tin ready to go.
To make the peanut butter filling
Melt your white chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water (make sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water).
Once the chocolate has just about melted, remove the bowl from the heat and stir into you have smooth consistency. Add your peanut butter and vanilla extract and mix to combine before setting the bowl aside.
To make your chocolate
Melt your milk chocolate and dark chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering. Stir frequently until you have a smooth consistency.
Remove the bowl from the heat and allow to cool slightly.
Assembly of the butter cup
Using a teaspoon, spoon a teaspoon of the melted chocolate into each paper case.
Using a teaspoon, spoon about 1 level teaspoon of the peanut butter filling into each cup, flattening the mixture as well as you can with the back of the spoon.
Cover the peanut butter with another teaspoon of the melted chocolate and tap the muffin tin on the work surface gently, to encourage the chocolate to form a smooth layer on top.
Scatter your chopped peanuts over the top of each chocolate cup and leave in a cool spot until completely firm. Or if you’re impatient, pop in the fridge so you can eat one pronto!
The peanut butter cups will keep for about a week in an airtight box in a cool place.