Back when I first started my blog, it was mostly a different form of communication with some church friends and I’d post a recipe here and there. And then I started getting a lot more page views, particularly for recipes, than people I could account for, unless someone’s cat was sleeping on the keyboard or batting the mouse on ‘refresh’. When I first dipped my toes into the larger pool of food blogs, I was thrilled and amazed by the world out there. One of the first food blogs I started reading regularly was Culinary Concoctions by Peabody. Her posts are so fun and her food so beautiful, I couldn’t wait to see what she might make next. She totally had me with this post and now if I only have time to read a few blogs, hers is one of the ones I check.
The exciting news for Peabody (and Husband and dog) is a new house, which looks especially cute in the snow and has a larger kitchen, so we can only anticipate all the yummy goodness to come! She invited us to join her for a housewarming party.
When I think of a housewarming gift, or nearly any gift really, I think in part it should reflect the unique tastes of the recipient as well as something of the giver’s. In my mind, a gift should have layers of meaning, not just grabbing the first thing you see on the shelf with a ‘that ought to do’ sigh of relief. With that in mind, I made Peabody a chocolate peanut butter tart. You really need to read this post about Jif to understand part of it, but Peabody has mentioned many times the love she and her husband have for peanut butter and chocolate. It had to be a tart because it’s coming from me!
Peabody & household — I wish all happiness in your new home!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart
1 1/3 c. flour
1/2 c. brown sugar
2/3 c. butter
Preheat oven to 400 F. Blend together until crumbly. Press into the bottom of tart pan. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
8 oz. cream cheese
1 c. Jif peanut butter
1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
2-3 Tbsp. milk
1 t. vanilla
Beat together cream cheese and peanut butter. Add powdered sugar, milk and vanilla and beat until thick and smooth. Adjust consistency with milk or powdered sugar if needed. Spread onto crust.
1 c. chocolate chips
1/4 c. sour cream
Melt chocolate chips in a heavy pan over low heat. Add room temperature sour cream and stir until smooth. Pour over the filling.