02 June 2010
dorie greenspan's chocolate peanut butter torte, and a happy birthday to dad!
Along with Memorial Day, we also celebrated my dad's birthday this weekend. In the past, he's requested a peanut butter chocolate cake, so I decided to make more of a summer cake that wasn't really a cake by making this torte, that I first saw in Dorie Greenspan's baking cookbook. I think the very first time I saw it (like a year ago) I decided it was going to be his next birthday cake.
This torte features a peanut butter mousse that includes cream cheese and peanut butter, and is lightened by heavy whipping cream, whipped to peak perfection. There is also a "crunch" mixture that is blended in, consisting of chopped peanuts, mini chocolate chips, a bit of sugar, and is spiced lightly with a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg (I left out the nutmeg) and a little bit of espresso powder. All of this is blended and poured into an Oreo cookie crust, then chilled and later topped with chocolate ganache and sprinkled with more chopped peanuts.
So my mom asked if this was like a cheesecake. I suppose you might say it's like an unbaked cheesecake, minus the egg and flour, but the texture was much lighter and not as dense. Still quite rich, though, so I wouldn't be going for a slice of this torte before bed. In fact, it probably would make a good actual cheesecake since it isn't as dense, which is why I don't care for cheesecake at all. (I go to the Cheesecake Factory for their chopped salads and sweetened green mint iced tea.)
Although not a cake, my dad said he enjoyed it a lot. No, this won't replace a real chocolate and peanut butter cake, but I'd say that it was a nice change of pace dessert, especially during the recent bout of heat we've been having. This was also good frozen as well as chilled.
My only mods were to assemble the torte in an 8-inch springform pan, and I used 1/2 cup less heavy whipping cream in the filling along with only 8 ounces of cream cheese. I felt that 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream in the ganach made it too runny, so you might try just 1/3 cup, and don't decrease the chocolate.