Thursday, 31 January 2013

Sluttishly Sweet: Peanut Butter Ice Cream Truffle Balls


I've been known to demolish an entire jar of peanut butter in one sitting using nothing but a stick of celery as a spoon. I can't get enough of the crunchy good stuff and that's why it's mostly banned from my kitchen, until now.

This recipe actually started out being for regular truffles but I got impatient and tried one whilst it was still frozen and accidentally made the BEST ICE CREAM BALLS EVER. I love happy cooking accidents, it's actual scientific fact (probably) that most genius recipes are created when either really drunk (these usually involve random booze concoctions/sandwich combos/takeaway food + unlikely cupboard ingredient) or by not paying attention to a recipe and ending up with something far far better.

What's your awesome culinary accident?

Peanut Butter Ice Cream Truffle Balls (makes about 16 balls)
You'll need:
  • 200g cream cheese
  • 50g icing sugar
  • 200g crunchy peanut butter
  • 200g dark chocolate
  • chopped nuts to sprinkle (optional)
Make it!
  1. Put your cream cheese and icing sugar in a bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth then beat in your peanut butter (try not to do as I did and eat most of the mixture at this stage).
  2. Spoon your mixture into a bowl and pop in the fridge for 20 minutes just to firm up enough to be able to roll into balls. Once firm-ish roll into balls and place them on a sheet of greaseproof paper.
  3. Put the balls into the freezer for a a couple of hours.
  4. Melt the chocolate then using 2 forks roll each ball in the melted chocolate and put on greaseproof paper to set. and sprinkle with the chopped nuts if you're using them. At this point you can just leave them at room temperature to become fabulous peanut butter truffles OR pop them back in the freezer to make the most brilliantly easy ice cream balls! Just take them out of the freezer about 10 minutes before serving so they just soften a tiny bit.

15 comments:

  1. Love this! I too can eat a whole jar of peanutty goodness in one sitting.

    I'm also planning a pot luck wedding meal. No prizes for guessing what I'll be bringing to the party.

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    1. Wow a pot luck wedding meal, is that where everyone brings a dish?

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    2. I've been to a pot luck wedding breakfast, it's brilliant.

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    3. That's the one Hazel.

      We literally decided 2 days ago to get married and the wedding's on March 16th so we're having to organise everything very quickly on a very short shoestring.

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    4. Wow, congratulations! Love the pot luck wedding breakfast idea :)

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  2. I've never been a huge peanut butter fan (or peanuts, really), but as soon as it's offered to me with chocolate or caramel I'm basically anyones.

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    1. Peanut butter is the food crack of jarred goods

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  3. Peanut butter AND ice cream? Together? With chocolate? I'm all over these.

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  4. YET AGAIN, Hazel, you are ruining my diet!

    And I just know this recipe is going to end up a complete family favourite like the rest of them. You gem. x

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    1. These are so rich though you'll only manage a couple at a time so I'm actually helping :)

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  5. How vital is the sugar to the consistency? I'm very tempted to give it a go without to see what it's like. Once I've bought another jar of peanut butter because my last one must have been attacked by a bear or something.

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    1. I've never made them without icing sugar but if your freezing them then it wont make a huge difference to the consistency as long as you still beat the cream cheese so its quite fluffy before adding the peanut butter, let me know how it goes!

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    2. Okay, I've finally made them and can report back that they're very lovely as they are, but I can see how sugar would work. I wanted them to be a lowish carb option for an occasional treat, so I've also made them significantly smaller (my mixture made 40 truffles, based on 150g peanut butter as that's all I had!) and now I can almost fool myself that they're diet friendly :)

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    3. Fabulous! MORE TRUFFLES :)

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