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TWD: Peanut Butter Tortettes

Peanut Butter TortettesI have to admit, I was so excited about the idea of this recipe. But I am just not sure yet that I am sold on the taste and work involved to make it.

As for the crust, I chose to use peanut butter Oreos. I was planning to half the recipe, but used 16 oreos as I had read comments that the Oreo crust seemed skimpy. I wanted to make individual cups as I do not have a mini springform pan just yet. I am crossing my fingers that I can get someone to bring one down this year. I thought I would make standard muffin size cups but I did not want to allow them to stick, so I lined them with waxed paper and filled that with the crumb crust. My crust did not have instant coffee (I was too lazy to go back to the tienda), cinnamon or nutmeg (they just didn’t fit in my mind). In the end, the crusts may have been a bit too thick and way too buttery. But on a good note, the wax paper peeled right off!

The filling was good, but I have to admit that I am not sure I would use chunky peanut butter nor would I use the chocolate chips & chopped peanuts. I think I would have liked a smooth peanut butter mousse. It tastes good even with light cream cheese (something *new* here in Peru!). I still have about two cups left and have been eating it by the spoonful but wonder what more I should do?

The topping, well, that was another story. I had no more heavy cream so I decided to substitute evaporated milk. It was late in the afternoon and we had a dreary, gray, wintery day all day so the lighting inside my apartment was awful and just getting worse. I didn’t have any desire to calculate and measure. I heated some evaporated milk and tossed in some chopped chocolate. Was it a good substitute? Was it thick enough? I drizzled it on and threw everything back in the freezer where it was before. (I am not sure why, I just decided to freeze them instead of only refrigerate.

Overall, I am not sure this is the dessert for me. You know it is funny, last week I was not a fan of all the ingredients separately, but knew that together they would be wonderful. This week all the ingredients of the torte are incredibly appealing, but together they were just too much! The idea is fabulous and maybe other flavors would be more subtle combined all together.

Oh and the other reason for “tortettes”? I wanted to be sure they looked as much like cupcakes as possible to celebrate Laurie’s birthday! Thanks Laurie for all you do and I hope your birthday is wonderful!!

Peanut Butter Tortettes are being served up for Tuesdays With Dorie. This weeks TWD recipe was chosen by Elizabeth of Ugg Smell Food. Enjoy more Peanut Butter Tortes by visiting the blogroll at the Tuesdays With Dorie website.


51 Responses to “TWD: Peanut Butter Tortettes”

  1. I always look forward to Tuesdays to see what you and the other bloggers that take part in TWD have created. This sounds really really good but I understand what you are saying about it being too much all together. maybe it should be a small bite. Almost like a little ball of rich chocolate and peanut butter. The photos look great though!

    Posted by Aran | May 6, 2008, 6:46 am
  2. Those look amazing! I was curious to see how smaller versions would turn out….becuase that’s what I would have made had I actually participated this week=) great job!

    Posted by Mary | May 6, 2008, 7:19 am
  3. Love the tortlettes! So darling!

    Posted by Cafe Johnsonia | May 6, 2008, 7:30 am
  4. I agree, all ingredients together were too much. Your pictures are great.Ulrike from Küchenlatein

    Posted by ostwestwind | May 6, 2008, 7:37 am
  5. I agree so much with your opinion of this dessert – I wanted it to taste so much better than it actually did = yours is the first blog I have come across that didn’t completely rave about the taste – I was starting to question myself! here’s to next week and whatever we have in store…

    Posted by Helen | May 6, 2008, 7:45 am
  6. I love the tortelette idea! I am sure they were much easier to eat (not quite as overwhelming) than a slice of the stuff. This wasn’t a winner recipe in my book either…I guess you win some, you lose some. But they do look great!

    Posted by Sarah | May 6, 2008, 8:02 am
  7. I love the smaller version! I was curious to see how it would come out! I bought peanut butter oreos to use but stuck with the regular ones! Glad to see it worked! Beautiful

    Posted by Christine | May 6, 2008, 8:09 am
  8. Wow, even if you didn’t really like them, they look AMAZING! I love the ganache dripping down the side – fabulous!

    Posted by Engineer Baker | May 6, 2008, 8:10 am
  9. They’re so cute! I’m sorry you didn’t love the dessert, but there’s always next Tuesday!

    Posted by CRS | May 6, 2008, 8:14 am
  10. Wow, they’re so cute! I’m completely in agreement with you about this dessert – I really wanted my mousse to be smooth, and I was constantly annoyed by the bits of peanut in it. I thought the overall flavor was good, but it needs to be way better than just “good” to make up for the fat content!

    Posted by Bridget | May 6, 2008, 8:52 am
  11. It was too rich for us too, isn’t it strange how some recipes look better on paper? Beautiful tortettes though!

    Posted by noskos | May 6, 2008, 9:19 am
  12. Your tortlettes look very cute, even if they weren’t quite your thing. Nice improvisations. =)

    Posted by Di | May 6, 2008, 10:00 am
  13. Very good looking tortettes. And I love the name tortette, it’s fun to say…tortette.

    Posted by rainbowbrown | May 6, 2008, 10:11 am
  14. Aww, it’s too bad you weren’t a huge fan of these but they sure are pretty. Great job!

    Posted by amanda. | May 6, 2008, 11:04 am
  15. I agree, this is just too rich. I still can’t believe it said the servings are 1/8 to 1/6 of the whole recipe. Ack! I didn’t care for it overall. I’ve had two and a half pieces, kind of just to keep checking to see if maybe I’ll like it the next time I try it. LOL I think I will just chuck the rest since my husband and kids didn’t like it at all. Otherwise I’ll end up eating through the whole thing just because it’s there. ; )

    Posted by Cheryl | May 6, 2008, 11:58 am
  16. Your little tortelettes are adorable! Well done!

    Posted by Marie | May 6, 2008, 11:59 am
  17. What a genius idea about the wax paper and muffin tin! Love how your tortelettes came out. Great job!Clara @ I♥food4thought

    Posted by CB | May 6, 2008, 1:20 pm
  18. Yummy-and the phtos look GREAT-even if you ddin’t love them. Gretchen, thanks so much for Blogs with a purpose award! xoRebecca

    Posted by Rebecca | May 6, 2008, 3:39 pm
  19. These are soooo cute!

    Posted by Chez US | May 6, 2008, 3:40 pm
  20. I made mini ones as well. But this is definitely the dessert for me!!

    Posted by Tammy | May 6, 2008, 4:23 pm
  21. Love the cute tortettes!

    Posted by Annemarie | May 6, 2008, 4:35 pm
  22. Thanks for the birthday wishes Gretchen! My torte is in the fridge firming up as we speak. Hoping to get pics done before the sun goes down.Yours look great, Im sorry you didnt care for them. :(

    Posted by slush | May 6, 2008, 5:30 pm
  23. tortettes are probably just the right size! sorry you weren’t crazy about them…

    Posted by steph- whisk/spoon | May 6, 2008, 5:36 pm
  24. So, so cute! These look awesome! Great job.

    Posted by PheMom | May 6, 2008, 5:47 pm
  25. They certainly look delicious. I’m sure you’ll find people who will gladly gobble them up for you!

    Posted by Dana McCauley | May 6, 2008, 6:47 pm
  26. love the tortettes, what a super idea! even if they weren’t your fondest treats, they sure do look yummy!

    Posted by mimi | May 6, 2008, 7:56 pm
  27. i agree that a smooth filling would have been good, and possibly better, too! your tortettes are adorable though! :)

    Posted by Jaime | May 6, 2008, 7:57 pm
  28. The more bites I took of this one, the more I realized it was too much!

    Posted by Melissa | May 6, 2008, 8:02 pm
  29. It looks delicious, but I would agree with you that I am definitely a smooth peanut butter person.

    Posted by My Sweet & Saucy | May 6, 2008, 8:22 pm
  30. It looks delicious, but I would agree with you that I am definitely a smooth peanut butter person.

    Posted by My Sweet & Saucy | May 6, 2008, 8:22 pm
  31. These are absolutely lovely. Well done!

    Posted by Kristen | May 6, 2008, 8:57 pm
  32. Now that is a great idea. I love little desserts, they are so cute and yours look delicious!

    Posted by Mary Ann | May 6, 2008, 9:08 pm
  33. yum! Great job! Looks delicious!

    Posted by Heather | May 6, 2008, 9:37 pm
  34. oh my… i am speechless… drool

    Posted by Lina | May 6, 2008, 10:50 pm
  35. But they really look incredible. We can always be surprised both good and bad.

    Posted by MyKitchenInHalfCups | May 6, 2008, 11:32 pm
  36. super cute! were we supposed to put the spices in the crust?? i just did oreos and butter and put the rest in the pb mousse. ahh well, it was yummy anyway. i hear you on it being rich, i could only eat a TINY piece.

    Posted by Mara | May 7, 2008, 12:56 am
  37. Those certainly look and sound good!

    Posted by Kevin | May 7, 2008, 2:08 am
  38. They look absolutely gorgeous with the sauce dribbling down!

    Posted by nicisme | May 7, 2008, 5:16 am
  39. Love the idea of “tortettes”. Very nice!

    Posted by Karen | May 7, 2008, 5:53 am
  40. Wow, those look absolutely awesome! Just a little bite would do for me. ;-)

    Posted by Suzana | May 7, 2008, 7:41 am
  41. I love the mini version! It looks so good with the sauce dripping down!

    Posted by Erin | May 7, 2008, 11:18 am
  42. Fabulous! Your cupcake ‘tortettes’ look really delicious!

    Posted by ~Kimberly | May 7, 2008, 12:08 pm
  43. You little Torte-lette! Beautiful presentation! It looks so gooey and delicious!

    Posted by Donna | May 7, 2008, 2:06 pm
  44. Your tortelettes looks ooeey gooeey delicious, even if you don’t like the ingredients put together!

    Posted by Shari | May 7, 2008, 2:11 pm
  45. How adorable! I love the tortettes! I didn’t know they made peanut butter Oreos…

    Posted by Dianne | May 7, 2008, 2:22 pm
  46. They look so cute! Good job making it work with what you had available.

    Posted by Anne | May 7, 2008, 4:54 pm
  47. Your tortettes are just lovely! Well done!

    Posted by Mevrouw Cupcake | May 8, 2008, 4:15 am
  48. These are such sweet wee cakes – they look delicious!

    Posted by Cakelaw | May 8, 2008, 6:27 am
  49. I made minis too! Great minds thinks alike- eh? They turned out beautiful.

    Posted by Dizzee Cake. | May 8, 2008, 12:48 pm
  50. Sure looks and sounds rich but your tortettes look wonderful! I’d gobble them up in no time!!

    Posted by Tartelette | May 9, 2008, 2:31 pm
  51. I love love love too much! I’ll take a bite.

    Posted by SteamyKitchen | May 9, 2008, 7:29 pm

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