Tuesdays With Dorie – Peanut Butter Torte

by Jessica on May 6, 2008

This was amazing… almost as good as my mom’s famous Peanut Butter Pie, but not quite. 🙂

Thanks to Elizabeth from Ugg Smell Food for choosing this incredibly yummy dessert!! You know the drill… check out all of the other entries here!!

Isn't it beautiful??

Peanut Butter Torte
Source: Baking – From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan

1-1/4 c finely chopped salted peanuts (for the filling, crunch and topping)
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp instant espresso powder (or finely ground instant coffee)
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg (I omitted, since I was out of it!)
1/2 c mini chocolate chips (or finely chopped semisweet chocolate)
24 Oreo cookies, finely crumbed or ground in a food processor or blender
1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
Small pinch of salt
2-1/2 c heavy cream
1-1/4 c confectioners’ sugar, sifted
12 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
1-1/2 c salted peanut butter – crunchy or smooth (not natural; Dorie uses Skippy) (I used Peter Pan)
2 tbsp whole milk (Skim for me!)
4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

Ready for your close-up??

Getting ready:
Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter a 9″ Springform pan and place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone mat.
Toss 1/2 cup of the chopped peanuts, the sugar, espresso powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and chocolate chops together in a small bowl. Set aside.
Put the Oreo crumbs, melted butter and salt in another small bowl and stir with a fork just until crumbs are moistened. Press the crumbs evenly over the bottom and up the sides of the Springform pan (they should go up about 2″ on the sides). Freeze the crust for 10 minutes.
Bake the crust for 10 minutes, then transfer it to a rack and let it cool completely before filling.
Working with a stand mixer (fitted with the whisk attachment) or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, whip 2 cups of the cream until it holds medium peaks. Beat in 1/4 cup of the confectioners’ sugar and whip until the cream holds medium-firm peaks. Scrape the cream into a bowl and refrigerate until needed.
Wipe out (do not wash) the bowl, fit the stand mixer with the paddle attachment (if you have one), or continue with the hand mixer, and beat the cream cheese with the remaining 1 cup confectioners’ sugar on medium speed until the cream cheese is satiny smooth. Beat in the peanut butter, 1/4 cup of the chopped peanuts and the milk.
Using a large rubber spatula, gently stir in about one quarter of the whipped cream, just to lighten the mousse. Still working with the spatula, stir in the crunchy peanut mixture, then gingerly fold in the remaining whipped cream.
Scrape the mousse into the crust, mounding and smoothing the top. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight; cover with plastic wrap as soon as the mousse firms.

The creamy inside...

To Finish The Torte:
Put the chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl and set the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Leave the bowl over the water just until the chocolate softens and starts to melt, about 3 minutes; remove the bowl from the saucepan (I heated my chocolate in the microwave in 30 sec. intervals).
Bring the remaining 1/2 cup of cream to a full boil. Pour the cream over the chocolate and, working with a a rubber spatula, very gently stir together until the ganache is completely blended and glossy.
Pour the ganache over the torte, smoothing it with a metal icing spatula. Scatter the remaining 1/2 cup of peanuts over the top and chill to set the topping, about 20 minutes.
When the ganache is firm, remove the sides of the Springform pan. It’s easiest to warm the pan with a hairdryer, and then remove the sides, but you can also wrap a kitchen towel dampened with hot water around the pan and leave it there for 10 seconds.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Nice Slice!!

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Amy May 6, 2008 at 12:02 am

I seriously love it! These pics are all so good!!!


2 Amber May 6, 2008 at 7:35 am

Wow, this looks absolutely incredible! Now if I could only convince my husband that he liked peanut butter. I should make it and force him to eat it anyway. 🙂 Great pictures.


3 Lindsey (Cafe Johnsonia) May 6, 2008 at 7:51 am

Yummy, yummy, yummy! You did a fabulous job! It looks perfect!


4 smallbutfeisty May 6, 2008 at 9:01 am

It looks fantastic! I love this so much that I feel like I HAVE to try your mom’s peanut butter pie!


5 Rebecca May 6, 2008 at 10:02 am

Your torte looks DELISH! Good job.


6 Christine May 6, 2008 at 4:18 pm

Your torte looks perfect! Love how your crust came almost to the top. Yummy!


7 Gretchen Noelle May 6, 2008 at 6:23 pm

Beautiful job! It looks gorgeous!


8 Heather May 6, 2008 at 9:00 pm

yum! Great job! Looks delicious!


9 Mara May 7, 2008 at 11:57 am

i love looking at everyone’s tortes!!! so fun, yours looks fab, just like the picture.


10 Shari May 7, 2008 at 6:07 pm

Looks just perfect. They’re so photogenic, aren’t they?!


11 Melissa May 8, 2008 at 3:37 pm

I love all of your plates!


12 Jaime May 18, 2008 at 9:08 pm

beautiful torte!


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