Turning stale biscuits into a baked peanut butter chocolate cheesecake. Yum.

For whatever reason, we amassed quite a few biccies recently which went uneaten and thus ended up all stale and unwanted 😦 languishing in the biscuit tin. 

I also had a stash of out of date peanut butter Oreo cookies, so there was a need for definitive action in the usual manner of dealing with these unappealingly soft blighters – stick them in a cheesecake as the base. 

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I had about 150grams of crumbs after I blitzed the first lot of plain-ish biscuits in the Magimix, a job lot which included some Nice and a few mini gingermen. I topped this up to 300g with the outsides of some of the Oreos, mixed them with melted butter and pressed them into a 23cm springform tin.

For the topping, I threw together cream cheese, peanut butter, beaten egg and brown sugar, adding the Oreo middles for good measure. Plus a scattering of crumbled Oreos on top. Oh, and a liberal helping of those fantastic Hershey swirled peanut butter and chocolate morsels.

Image The end result, baked for 40 mins or so, was a substantial slice of heaven. It was also reallllly filling. We’re already peanut butter addicts in our house, but I think this one might definitely be made again. Nothing better than a bit of culinary experimentation which goes right! 

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We’re on a pre-holiday diet…but then I went and made Nigella Lawson’s Peanut Butter Squares!

We are trying to be good in the few weeks before our holiday as we know that once we are there, we’ll be inactive and stuffing ourselves, piling on pounds during sunbathing whilst quaffing sugary drinks and munching snacks.

So, it’s been healthy dinners all the way. I recently made spatchcock chicken with some sweet potato mash and parmesan parsnips. Even though the sweet potatoes had been in the fridge for quite a while, they were still delicious. I have such a sweet tooth that I find these a godsend. Very few things are as healthy and delicious as a sweet potato wedge or a spoon of s p mash!

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But then, in advance of a girlie movie night, I made some of Nigella’s peanut butter squares from Domestic Goddess.

We are all peanut butter fans so it was a no brainer that these, a combination of icing sugar, peanut butter and two types of chocolate, would go down a treat. They’re, in fact, one of the most irresistible things I have ever eaten and there was no way the other half and I with our rubbish levels of willpower were going to be able to stay away.

One portion of these does go quite a long way but after we’d passed some on to friends, there was still quite a bit left. But, inevitably, it took us two nights to scoff the lot!

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