Saturday March 1st is Peanut Butter Lovers Day!!!

I think every house in Ireland has a jar of Peanut Butter hiding in a cupboard, a staple for any school lunchbox. Saturday March 1st is National Peanut Butter Lovers Day, it is so popular is has a second day – National Peanut Butter Day which is on January 24th. For the day that is in I have shared with you a Ballyknocken Cookery School recipe for Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting.

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Before we get cooking here is some Peanut Butter trivia:

  • Peanuts are actually not nuts but legumes grown underground.
  • Peanut butter dates back to Aztec times.
  • More than half of the American peanut crop goes into making peanut butter.
  • U.S. presidents Jimmy Carter and Thomas Jefferson were peanut farmers.
  • In 1884 Marcellus Gilmore Edson of Canada patented peanut paste.
  • It takes about 540 peanuts to make a small jar of peanut butter

 

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

Makes 6

For the cupcakes:

70g caster sugar

70g unsalted butter, softened

1 egg, lightly beaten

70g self raising flour

40g dark chocolate, melted

2 tbsp milk

For the peanut butter frosting:

60g butter, softened

100g icing sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

100g crunchy peanut butter

2 tbsp milk

  1. Preheat the oven to 180CFan 160C/Gas 4. Line a cupcake tin with paper cases.
  2. Cream the sugar and butter until pale and fluffy.
  3. Whisk in the beaten egg.
  4. Fold in the flour and melted chocolate and carefully stir in the milk.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the cases and bake for about 12 – 15 minutes. They should be risen and golden brown and when a skewer is inserted into the middle it should come out clean. Allow to cool.
  6. To make the peanut butter icing, cream the butter, sugar and vanilla together using an electric whisk until smooth.
  7. Add the peanut butter and whisk adding a little milk until the mixture is light and smooth.
  8. When the cupcakes are cool, decorate with the peanut butter frosting.
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