i am just now surfacing from a cold. the human body is amazing -- the amount of mucus it can produce is mind boggling, and yet the human body's inability to deal with tissues is as equally puzzling. i tried a neti pot for the first time, to lackluster results, along with the biggest mess in the bathroom. but i persevered and attempted it again the next day, this time opening my nasal passages so that i remembered what it was like to breathe properly. it was a revelation.
and so all last week i lived off of cough drops, had a perpetual runny nose, and could barely taste anything i ate. i started feeling better friday night, and all in good time too, for i had these beauties to create. it was nuria's birthday this past weekend and her gentleman friend requested the chocolate + peanut butter combo. what's so great about this dessert is that no cooking or baking is required, it's easy, it looks impressive and most importantly, it tastes amazing.
vegan peanut butter cups
makes exactly 12
1 bag of (about 12oz) semi sweet chocolate chips
1 container of organic firm tofu
5 TBL powdered sugar
3/4 cup organic peanut butter
splash of soy creamer
clean/new paint brush
12 silicone cupcake liners
1M tip (optional)
in a double boiler, melt the chocolate chips. as you progress you will have to warm up the chocolate mixture every so often.
when the chocolate is shiny and nicely melted, scoop 2 tsp of chocolate in a cupcake liner. with the paint brush, "paint" the chocolate up the sides, getting thru the nooks. it'll be thin, that's ok. do this for all 12 liners. put in fridge to harden.
meanwhile, make the peanut butter tofu in a food processor. this process is all about texture and consistency. you want it to be firmer than how the peanut butter pie was, but the method/gist is the same. add all ingredients in, mix until fully incorporated. put in icing bag along with 1M tip, or any tip you want to use.
take cupcake liners out, they should be hard. do another coating of the chocolate. i did 2 layers, but you can make a 3rd layer if you want. be sure to keep in fridge to harden completely. carefully pull the silicone back and pop the cups out. it seems fragile but it's quite durable.
when ready to serve, pipe in peanut butter tofu filling. garnish with shavings if you like, or just plain. either way, they're adorable.
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