Tuck one of these peanut butter-topped brownies into your Purim packages this year.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. That saying probably wasn't meant to apply to the heavenly combination of peanut butter and chocolate, but it works just the same. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups were invented in 1928, and the combo has simply stuck around.
Here in Israel, Reese's products aren't readily available (except expensive imports), and there's no real local equivalent that combines peanut butter and chocolate. So I have to create my own ways to get a peanut butter and chocolate fix! These brownies, with their fudgy chewy bottom, topping of creamy peanut butter and chocolate shell, are a perfect substitution for the famous candy. Maybe even better! And they are easy to make pareve.
They are also a serious crowd pleaser, and would be a welcome addition to any Mishloach Manot basket you send this Purim. That is, if you manage not to eat them all yourself.
Amy Spiro is a journalist and writer based in Jerusalem. She is a graduate of the Jerusalem Culinary Institute's baking and pastry track, a regular writer for The Jerusalem Post and blogs at bakingandmistaking.com. She also holds a BA in Journalism and Politics from NYU.
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