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This one’s for Joannie!

Peanut butter causes nothing but controversy in Ireland.  People either love it or hate it.  Although it is popular with some Irish, they just have not embraced it like Americans have.  Thankfully, my husband is half American and LOVES peanut butter.  PB and J sandwiches are a staple part of our diet, or even better PB, honey and banana.

Well, I must be spending too much time with Americans because I am constantly looking for new ways to eat PB and these little treats are one of my best PB creations yet.  I was going to make rice krispie squares and decided that the addition of peanut butter would make them just delightful.  Then I realised, cornflakes in all their golden glory, are way tastier than rice krispies! (Plus, I remembered that we had no rice krispies).  <<Drum roll>> And….Chocolate Peanut Butter Cornflake Squares were born!  Okay, that name is too long so let’s just call them peanut butter squares or deliciousness in square form.

PEANUT BUTTER SQUARES

  • 3/4 cup peanut butter (chunky or smooth)
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup golden syrup (I actually used maple flavoured golden syrup and it was yum!)
  • 200g (7oz) milk chocolate, cut into chunks or in chocolate chips
  • 3 to 3 1/2 cups cornflakes

METHOD

  1. Place a layer of cling film inside an 8″ square pan.
  2. Over a low heat, melt the peanut butter, butter, brown sugar and golden syrup in a medium saucepan.  Stir continually so as not to burn the mixture.  When all the mixture has melted and it is starting to bubble slightly, remove from heat.
  3. Stir in the chocolate until it has all melted.
  4. Add 3 cups of cornflakes and stir to combine.  If you feel it needs more cornflakes add the remaining half cup.
  5. Spoon into the pan and smooth with the back of a spoon.
  6. When cooled, place in the fridge to set for 2-3 hours.
  7. Remove from fridge a half an hour before cutting.

Variations

  • Cover with a chocolate ganache (mix 200g (7oz) dark or milk chocolate with 2 tbsp butter and melt over a low heat.  When melted stir in 1 tbsp milk.  If you’re afraid you’re going to burn the chocolate, melt it over a bain marie.  A bain marie is when you melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl placed over a saucepan with simmering water.  Make sure that the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl.)
  • If you prefer dark chocolate, replace the milk chocolate with dark.
  • Replace the golden syrup with maple syrup for an extra special taste.

Enjoy!

Jenna x

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