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Peanut Caramel Tart

Get ready to sink your teeth into this purely decadent Peanut Caramel Tart!

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Today I’m taking the simple flavors reminiscent of being at a baseball game; peanuts and caramel, to bring you this amazing tart and a little story about my son’s recent experience on his high school baseball team.

Even though high school baseball ended a few weeks ago, I still wanted to celebrate the season, my son and his team. You see, my son had not played baseball in about 6-8 years. But he had a goal. A goal to make in on the high school JV baseball team. With hard work, perseverance, determination, and the right attitude he was able to get a spot on the team.

He had practice six days a week and games three days a week. He was on a mission! The coaches were encouraging and his teammates were supportive! He felt part of something great– it was such a positive experience for him. And over the course of the season, he progressively got better and was actually put into a few games. He was proud to be part of the team and if someone asked him what his position was he happily answered, “Right bench.” Peanut Caramel Tart } Sweet Baked Life

So, if you want to score a home run, you have got to make this to-dye-for Peanut Carmel Tart.

This fabulous layered treat has a soft and fluffy peanut butter base, topped with gooey sweet caramel, salty peanuts and smothered in chocolate ganache! When you cut these into rectangular pieces they’ll remind you of a delicious candy bar — like Snickers!

Now, this tart does not take much training; it requires no driving (unless you need something from the store), you don’t have to sit for hours outside in the heat or cold waiting for the outcome (you will be in the comfort of your kitchen), there is no coach needed (only you), and you will not experience any frustration from an irritating umpire who makes a wrong call (just add more chocolate).

You’ll just easily whip up this dessert – the peanut butter base comes together in a snap. And what could be easier than add with caramel and sprinkling peanuts? And the ganache, well, that is pretty much just melting chocolate with warmed cream! Yep, it’s simple and the outcome is amazing! Truly a grand-slam in my kitchen!

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PEANUT CARAMEL TART

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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By: Sheila | Sweet Baked Life

Ingredients:

3/4 cup light brown sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 large egg
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup salted peanuts
3/4 cup caramel sauce
1/4 cup heavy cream
4 ounces milk chocolate, chopped

Instructions:

Heat your oven to 350 degrees.

Add the brown sugar, butter and peanut butter to a large mixing bowl of a stand mixer. Using the paddle attachment, cream until smooth and fluffy. Add the egg and beat until fully combined.

With the mixer on low-speed, add the flour, baking powder, and salt. The mixture will be soft and crumbly. Pour the mixture into a rectangular tart pan and using your fingers, press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides.

Bake for 20-23 minutes, or until golden brown and set in the middle. Cool completely on a wire rack.

When cool, sprinkle the peanuts over the peanut butter base to create an even layer. Then top with the caramel.

To make the ganache: In a small bowl, add the chopped chocolate and set aside. In another small bowl, add the cream and microwave for about 30-60 seconds, until almost boiling. Pour the cream over the chocolate and let sit for a 3-5 minutes, then stir until smooth. .Cool slightly then pour over the tart. Place tart in refrigerator to allow the ganache to set. When ready to eat, remove from refrigerator, slice and serve.

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Get inspired to make this dreamy Peanut Caramel Tart and the fans will be cheering for more!

Sheila

 

{Recipe inspired from Baking A Moment}

 


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Peanut Butter Crunch Blondies

Feeling a little nutty lately? Me too! With work, family, baking, photography, blogging, the holidays and everything that goes along with each one of these areas, my life, probably like many of yours, is crazy! But, it’s a fun and exciting crazy — if you know what I mean?! Just remember to breathe and enjoy the moments! So why not indulge in one of life’s simple pleasures…treating yourself to something wonderfully sweet! With a bit of chocolate pick-me-up and some protein packed peanuts, get ready to sink your teeth into these sweet and salty Peanut Butter Crunch Blondies and you’ll feel like conquering the world in no time!

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Even better, these scrumptious morsels are super easy and quick to make. And I must admit, I love chocolate, with brownies being one of my all-time favorite treats to bake and eat — but lately I’ve got a thing for Blondies! I love adding whatever I’m craving into the batter to make for an extra special treat! And that’s exactly what I did with these Peanut Butter Crunch Blondies, they have a rich buttery base sprinkled with creamy mini Reeses Peanut Butter Cups and crunchy dry roasted peanuts – a combination I hope you will love as much as I do!

Peanut Butter Crunch Blondies

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 package (8 oz) Reeses Peanut Butter Cups Minis, cut in half
1 cup dry roasted peanuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter or prepare a 13×9-inch pan with cooking spray and set aside.

In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.  In a large bowl of an electric mixer add the butter and sugars.  Mix on medium speed for 2 minutes until well combined.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Add vanilla and mix until combined.

With the mixer on low-speed, gradually add the flour mixture and beat until just combined.  The dough will be thick.  Remove bowl from mixer.  Add chopped Reeses Peanut Butter Cups and dry roasted peanuts and stir with a spoon until combined.

Scrape the mixture into the prepared pan.  With your hands or a spatula, spread the mixture evenly and press down gently into the pan.

Bake blondies for 30 minutes, or until top is golden brown.  Do not over bake.  Cool on a rack for about 1 hour.  Cut into squares.  Yields 12 big blondies (just the way we like ’em!)

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Ah, the sweet and salty combination of these Peanut Butter Crunch Blondies are amazingly satisfying! Take a break today from the craziness and add a little something nutty into your day — you’ll be glad you did!

Sheila