With the overwhelming love of peanut butter in my family, I consider it a wonderful challenge to find new peanut butter recipes for family to-dos. For my Daddy’s birthday, I started searching for a recipe and re-stumbled upon this recipe from Martha Stewart. It’s a lovely combination of graham cracker crust, chocolate ganache, and a fluffy peanut butter filling.
I had found this recipe some time last year and knew instantly that it would be quite a hit for us. I even went so far as to add the exact sized tart pan to my Amazon wishlist. Luckily, I got that pan for some gift-receiving occasion and have finally put it to good use.
Her recipe is near-perfect. Having now made it, I will assume the voice of experience and clarify a few directions. First, when making the ganache, keep whisking it in the ice bath until it thickens a good bit. Then, take it out and whisk it vigorously to incorporate enough air to stiffen the mixture. Secondly, when adding the whipped cream to the peanut butter mixture, add it in portions. Fold in the first couple of additions, then whisk in the rest. You may find other methods that work better for you, but these certainly helped me.
I cannot adequately express to you how good this tart is. It’s rich and flavorful without being overwhelming. Plus, it’s beautiful! It looks a lot more impressive than it should, given the amount of work that goes into it. My only complaint? Finding a serving tray for it. After an extensive search, I did find the perfect-sized tray at Kohl’s. We all certainly had no problem finishing every bite of it. As an added warm-weather bonus, there’s no baking involved. It’s a great dessert for saying farewell to summer.