Peanut Butter Pie Fudge

Recipe courtesy Z Cioccolato, 2011
Show: Unique Sweets Episode: After School Favorites
TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 20 min
Prep: 45 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 35 min
 
YIELD: sixteen 4-inch squares
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

PIE CRUST:
  • 20 cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE:
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream (30-percent fat)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
CARAMEL:
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (36-to38-percent fat)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup whipping cream (30-percent fat)
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
MARSHMALLOWS:
  • 1/3 pound large marshmallows
    CHOCOLATE FUDGE:
    • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream (36-to38-percent fat)
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    ENGLISH TOFFEE:
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      Directions

      For the crust: Preheat the oven to 340 degrees F. Break up the cookies into small pieces and press into a 9-by-9-inch baking pan. Brush with melted butter. Bake for 11 minutes.

      For the peanut butter fudge: Put the confectioners' sugar in a large mixing bowl and set aside. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the brown sugar, whipping cream and salt. Bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes and remove from the heat. Stir in the peanut butter and vanilla. Pour the mixture over the confectioners' sugar and mix. Spoon the mixture into the cookie pie crust until it is completely covered.

      For the caramel: In a small saucepan, combine the heavy cream, brown sugar, granulated sugar, corn syrup, whipping cream, butter and salt. Heat over low heat until the butter is completely melted. Gradually increase the heat to medium-high and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce the heat to medium and continue to boil, while stirring, until the temperature on a candy thermometer reads 250 degrees F. Remove from the heat, stir in the vanilla and pour over the peanut butter fudge. (You can double the recipe for this layer and pour half of the caramel into a buttered dish to cut up and enjoy as caramel candies.)

      For the marshmallows: In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the marshmallows in the microwave for 40 seconds. Working quickly, use a spatula to spread over the caramel layer. If you take too long, the marshmallows will set up and won't spread nicely.

      For the chocolate fudge: Put the confectioners' sugar in a large mixing bowl and set aside. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the cream, brown sugar and salt. Bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes and remove from the heat. Stir in the chocolate and vanilla until all the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth. Pour the mixture over the confectioners' sugar. Beat with an electric mixer for 3 to 4 minutes until very smooth. Spread evenly over the marshmallow layer with a spatula.

      For the toffee: Sprinkle the toffee over the top of the chocolate fudge.

      To serve: You do not have to wait for the fudge to set before serving. Using a metal spatula, cut and serve in cake-like squares.

      This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional and may have been scaled down from a bulk recipe. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.

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      • on February 22, 2014

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        This was a total loss for me. And I do a fair amount of baking. The pan size is wrong. Should be closer to a 9 X 13. The caramel suggested temp of 250 is too high. That temp is "hard ball" and did not produce creamy caramel. Instead I had almost a brittle consistency. The chocolate topping, again, is incorrect consistency. Far too watery. It did not set. Considering that this took 2 hours of my time and the expense of all the ingredients, I will not try this one again. Suggest you watch video. Instead of cookie crust as first layer, they began with peanut butter fudge layer. This, too, will make a difference in final product.

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      • on February 13, 2014

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        Nice app.

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      • on June 13, 2013

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        I loved this. A little time consuming but well worth it. What the direction doesn't say is let the layers set a little before adding the next layer. My brother plowed through my first batch. Can't wait for the next batch.

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