My parents came to visit this past week and I wanted to make some special treats for their visit. I do not usually make a lot of baked goods because they are my favourite food to eat and thus i have a very hard time eating them in that “moderation” that the Canada Food Guide is always going on about, so I tend to keep them out of the house. But my parent visiting was certainly a worthy exception.
My mom wanted a white cake with blackberry filling and butter cream frosting (the recipe for which Ill be sharing soon) to celebrate her May birthday, but I knew that something chocolatey would be more up my dad’s alley. Brownies will usually do the trick, but I wanted to gussy them up a little bit. Peanut butter frosting seemed the thing to do. I’d never made it before but figured if you mixed up the right ingredients it couldnt be too tough. This is what I came up with:
Peanut Butter Frosting
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup butter (softened but not melted)
about 2 cups confectioners (10x) sugar
about 1/3 cup of cream
Ill be honest with you, ladies, these amounts are approximate because Im really a “just do it” sort of cook- just keep adding until its right. And I encourage you to have a bit of courage and do more of this kind of cooking yourself. I often hear from friends that they MUST have an exact recipe to feel confident to try something. Dont feel that way…. you can really start to feel your way around a recipe if you just let yourself have a little confidence with the ingredients, your taste buds, and your abilities.
The truth is the amounts are going to vary depending on how stiff or malleable you want the frosting. If you’re looking for something to spread on a layer cake, you’ll likely need to add more cream to make it softer. I wanted a nice thick, stiffer frosting for my brownies. Also, youll need to taste it for sweetness. I only used about two cups (if that) of confectioners sugar and that was plenty sweet for me. But you might find you want it sweeter. Just add more sugar and then a bit more cream or milk to make up for it texture-wise.