Treatment of my sugar addiction was compromised recently at a playdate, when a well-meaning friend arrived bearing a cache of peanut butter squares.
There are two things that make me go weak at the knees (in food terms). These are, in no particular order, peanut butter and tray bakes. The two combined are truly a match made in cake heaven.
Peanut butter for me has to be crunchy and eaten as god intended – straight from the jar. My husband is always complaining of the discarded peanut butter stained spoons strewn around the house, but it falls on deaf ears, I am beyond help.
Tray bakes – easy to make and even easier to eat. They are the champions of church fetes and coffee mornings across the land and they are what stands between me and size 12 skinny jeans.
The other playdate mums appreciate a sweet treat as much as anybody else and duly helped themselves to ONE. I on the other hand helped myself to THREE. I was vaguely embarrassed but it was tray bake nirvana and I couldn’t help myself.
So today I sat the toddler in front of Goldilocks and the Three bears (again) whilst I set about making a batch of these little gems for myself. Like most tray bakes they are a doddle to make and within the hour they were done. Without the embarrassment of others witnessing my greed, I happily made my way through not three but four in a row.
Hurrah for peanut butter squares – a fabulous find indeed.
The original recipe comes from Lorraine Pascale and calls for dark chocolate but it is actually a little bitter, so when I make them again (and I will) I will use the 50/50 dark/milk combination used by my friend.
Try them out for yourself. http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/peanut_butter_squares_17553