Annalise Sandberg

Peanut Butter Creme Brulee

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Creme brulee is one of those desserts that is so perfect in its original form, it’s hard to mess with it. But once you do, you realize there are endless possibilities. This peanut butter variation is one example. Just when you thought creme brulee could not get any better, it does. Plus, this is a no-bake recipe, meaning you don’t need to fuss with water baths or turning on your oven. Wouldn’t this be an amazing dessert to serve your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? (And you get extra servings, too!)

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

Peanut Butter Crème Brulee

Ingredients

Peanut Butter Crème Brulee Ingredients

1 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 milk
1/4 sugar
1/4 Smooth Operator peanut butter
4 large egg yolks
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup honey-roasted peanuts, optional
Sugar

For garnish
2 tablespoons honey roasted peanuts, optional

Special equipment
Kitchen torch

Directions

1. Combine the cream, milk, sugar, and peanut butter in a saucepan over medium low heat. Stir to dissolve the sugar and peanut butter.

Peanut Butter Creme Brulee - Combine the cream, milk, sugar, and peanut butter in a saucepan over medium low heat. Stir to dissolve the sugar and peanut butter.

2. Meanwhile, whisk together the egg yolks and cornstarch together in a large bowl. When the cream mixture is smooth and heated through, slowly add it to the egg yolks in small steady stream while whisking constantly.

Peanut Butter Creme Brulee - whisk together the egg yolks and cornstarch together in a large bowl.

Peanut Butter Creme Brulee - Meanwhile, whisk together the egg yolks and cornstarch together in a large bowl. When the cream mixture is smooth and heated through, slowly add it to the egg yolks in small steady stream while whisking constantly.

3. Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook over medium heat until mixture is thickened, about 5 minutes, whisking constantly. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Pour the mixture through a mesh strainer to remove any egg lumps and add the honey-roasted peanuts, if using. Divide the mixture evenly among 4 ramekins and chill in the fridge uncovered for at least 4 hours.

Peanut Butter Creme Brulee - Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook over medium heat until mixture is thickened, about 5 minutes, whisking constantly. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Pour the mixture through a mesh strainer to remove any egg lumps and add the honey-roasted peanuts, if using.

Peanut Butter Creme Brulee - Divide the mixture evenly among 4 ramekins and chill in the fridge uncovered for at least 4 hours.

4. When ready to serve, work with one ramekin at a time. Cover each generously with sugar, then slowly pass a kitchen torch over the surface to caramelize the sugar. Serve and garnish with additional honey-roasted peanuts, if desired.

Peanut Butter Creme Brulee - Cover each generously with sugar, then slowly pass a kitchen torch over the surface to caramelize the sugar.

Peanut Butter Creme Brulee - Cover each generously with sugar, then slowly pass a kitchen torch over the surface to caramelize the sugar.

PEANUT BUTTER GIVEAWAY

Annalise garnishes this peanut butter crème brulee with peanuts. What other ingredients do you think would pair well?

Leave a comment below with your answer to enter for a chance at winning a jar of Smooth Operator, the peanut butter used in this recipe.

DETAILS:

– The giveaway is open to USA residents only and will run until Monday, February 17, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST.
– One entry per person.
– Winner(s) will be generated via a random number generator and notified via the contact email provided on the comment form.
– Winner(s) will have until 02/20/14 to claim their prize or we will choose another winner.
– Winner will win one 16oz jar of Smooth Operator. Product will be shipped by Peanut Butter & Co.
– No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Must be 18 years of age to enter. See Official Giveaway Rules.

Peanut Butter Creme Brulee, 9.0 out of 10 based on 1 rating

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59 Responses to Peanut Butter Creme Brulee

  1. Diana Huffer says:

    Any nut like pecans or almonds; raisins; cranberries, oranges… 🙂 This definitely looks yummy!

  2. Rachelle says:

    Thin slices of banana would be good on top.

  3. Katie Brady says:

    I think some fruit would be a great garnish, reminiscent of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I would opt for something like raspberries or blackberries!

  4. Lori Goldman says:

    Fresh Sliced Strawberries would be perfect for this.

  5. Amy Schmelzer says:

    I think a drizzle of thinned jam or jelly would be fun.

    Our Valentine’s Day tradition is to make creme brulee. I think this year’s version just might have to be peanut butter.

  6. Karen D says:

    chocolate shavings

  7. Monica B. says:

    Chocolate drizzle, and a berry drizzle.

  8. Julia says:

    Shaved coconut! 😀

  9. Natalie J Vandenberghe says:

    This recipe is perfect just as it is! If anything, maybe I would drizzle caramel on top–sounds delicious!

  10. Kim says:

    Raspberries.:)

  11. Sarah says:

    A chocolate drizzle, cocoa powder, or chocolate shavings would be fabulous!

  12. megan says:

    mini chocolate chips with dolce de leche drizzle

  13. Lori C. says:

    white chocolate shavings

  14. angie says:

    chocolate shavings!

  15. ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    chocolate chips! yumm -have to try this it looks so good.

  16. Stephanie says:

    Whipped Honeycomb and dark chocolate shavings.

    I can’t wait to make this. After so many years of making water bath baked creme brulees in professional kitchens, the ease and simplicity of this just makes it awesome already!

  17. mary janssen says:

    Cinnamon and honey

  18. Kelsey says:

    BANANAS WITH HONEY!!!! MMMM!!!!

  19. Jennifer Hudson Mosher says:

    Peaches would be delish on this!

  20. Krysti says:

    bananas, brown sugar, and cinnamon

  21. Francisco says:

    Strawberries and Fluff

  22. Jeanette says:

    Cinnamon

  23. Dave says:

    banana alices, or chocolate chips

  24. Julie says:

    Caramelized banana slices and semi-sweet chocolate chips!!

  25. Lindsey says:

    Raspberries or other berries to give it a PB&J flavor

  26. Scott says:

    A pear puree

  27. Alisha W. says:

    I think toffee pieces or chocolate covered toffee pieces would be nice. 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  28. Ryan Collins says:

    coconut shavings,chocolate shavings, nuts

  29. Linda F says:

    Chocolate chips and coconut

  30. Natalie says:

    Butterscotch chips would make an excellent garnish.

  31. Georgiana says:

    Bananas dusted with cinnamon!

  32. Madeline Kessler says:

    Chocolate chips would be a great addition.

  33. Alexi says:

    I would put strawberries

  34. kristen m eby says:

    I think it would be great with sea salt caramel

  35. Erin R. says:

    Crumble topping, like on muffins.

  36. Linda Jo Block says:

    Peanut butter chips – can you tell I’m a peanut butter junkie? Love your peanut butter, it’s amazing!

  37. Renata says:

    Chopped apples and walnuts would be scrumptious too!

  38. Emily Morelli says:

    I think bits of dehydrated bananas would be a fun garnish for this.

  39. Susan Christy says:

    Chocolate & Banana.

  40. Jennifer says:

    Bananas would be delicious!

  41. cyndi br says:

    caramel and marshmallow

  42. Jennifer says:

    I would use a drizzle of chocolate ganache or caramelized bananas!

  43. Janice says:

    Cinnamon and mini chocolate chips

  44. Jessica says:

    Chocolate chips!

  45. Amy P says:

    chocolate

  46. Kristine says:

    Almonds, chocolate chips, and/or berries.

  47. Jessica says:

    Chocolate curls! Or coconut flakes…

  48. nik says:

    glazed carrots 🙂

  49. Kelli says:

    I like the idea of a crunchy element so I’d use cocoa nibs.

  50. Wendy Girdina says:

    oh this looks yummy

  51. mariya snizhko says:

    WOW! never thought of peanut butter creme brûlée!! Will have to try it soon. i would probably sprinkle on cinnamon sugar and/or chocolate. Although it sounds like it would be great with any dry fruit and other nuts.

  52. Jennifer says:

    Any kind of fruit especially kiwi or berries. Some type of jam or preserves would also be a tasty addition.

  53. Charlotte Argyle says:

    I love creme brulee – I love peanut butter – can’t wait to try the two combined. Yummy!

  54. Stacy Philip says:

    I would top it with candied banana pieces.

  55. Casey says:

    Chocolate covered bacon pieces! Elvis style, yum

  56. Abby says:

    Chocolate and maybe even coconut

  57. Erin says:

    This isn’t a Creme brûlée. With the addition of the cornstarch and the fact that it is cooked on the stovetop, it is a pastry cream.

  58. Paige kowolewski says:

    Banana slices or a chunky strawberry sauce

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