Michael wanted to prepare something easy for a special morning tea at work and though it's been almost two years since she posted the recipe, I knew that Lisa's peanut butter chocolate squares were what Michael needed. Between you and me, they were what I needed too - we've had some rice bubbles hanging around in the cupboard for ever and I figured they'd make an excellent (if rather different) substitute for the graham crackers in the original recipe. (As an aside, I've never eaten a graham cracker. Can anyone tell me what they're like?)
While not quite as good as double choc-coated peanut butter bliss balls, this slice requires only a fraction of the effort. It's one of those terrific melt-mix-chill recipes that you can accomplish in 15 minutes, even with the two layers. A chocolate-peanut butter fix in this Reese's-scarce country has suddenly become scarily accessible.
My one tip is to keep the slice cool, as it has a tendency for melting goo-iness. At the moment it's fine in the fridge, but in summer I'd be tempted to try it straight from the freezer!
Peanut butter and chocolate squares
(based on a recipe at Lisa's Kitchen)
2 cups rice bubbles (note that Kellogg's brand are not gluten-free!)
1 cup icing sugar
1/2 cup margarine
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup dark chocolate
3/4 cup peanut butter
Line a 22cm square baking tin with paper and lightly grease it. In a medium-sized bowl, stir together the rice bubbles and icing sugar. Over low-medium heat, melt the margarine and peanut butter in a small saucepan. Pour the melted mix over the rice bubbles and stir everything together thoroughly. Press it into the baking tin, using the back of a spoon to smooth the surface. Pop it in the fridge while you prep the second layer.
For the topping, gently melt the chocolate and peanut in a small saucepan (just use the same one!). When they're smooth and well-mixed, retrieve the slice from the fridge and pour the chocolate over, gently spreading it evenly across the slice. Return the slice to the fridge for at least an hour to set, before cutting it into squares.