I know what you're thinking... yes, I did just post Banana Pudding that looked just like this! But my husband Justin doesn't eat fruit (what kind of a person doesn't eat fruit?!!) so I had to make a "Justin" dessert which means peanut butter and chocolate. I'm in my 5th year of blogging now and I have made Justin many chocolate and peanut butter desserts...
Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Cake
Ganache Covered Peanut Butter Frosting (this is Justin's favorite peanut butter frosting)
Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse Pie
Peanut Butter Cups (this is Justin's favorite chocolate peanut butter dessert)
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes
... and I still don't like peanut butter and chocolate, it's just so rich and heavy. I had to force myself to try a bite of each of these desserts, and my husband had to force himself to stop eating them, lol! So, I wanted to make Justin a Chocolate Peanut Butter Parfait dessert to go with my Banana Pudding. It's like a layered peanut butter pie and Justin's only complaint was that there was too much cool whip... lol (imagine that)!
Graham crackers, crumbled
1 cup peanut butter
1 (8 ounce) block cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 (8 ounce) tub of whipped topping
1 (12 ounce) bag milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup milk
Combine the peanut butter, cream cheese, and powdered sugar in a large bowl.
Mix together until combined into a thick muddy mess (this is how Justin described it... and he would know because he kept sneaking spoonfuls).
Stir in the whipped topping. You can save a little to use on top (I saved around a cup of whipped topping to use as garnish) but Justin says it's better all mixed in.
In a separate bowl add the milk and chocolate chips. Microwave in 30 second intervals stirring after each cycle until it's melted. Mine is usually melted and ready to go after 3 cycles (1 minute 30 seconds).
It's time to assemble! You can use a pie plate, large bowl, glass pan, small bowls, etc. I used 4 stemless glasses to match my banana pudding. Start with a layer of crumbled graham crackers.
Then add some of the peanut butter mixture
Then chocolate ganache
Then some whipped topping (if you want)
Then keep going with the crumbled graham crackers, peanut butter mixture and chocolate ganache until you run out of the peanut butter filling.
Top with whipped topping and a graham cracker (I think crumbled peanut butter cups would look yummy on top) and you're done! Cover with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.
Thursday, February 3, 2011