My Sugar Series (December 2008) is made up of desserts that I’ve enjoyed recently. Because the holidays spell sweet excess, impress the people you love with any of the following desserts. They’re guaranteed to make an impression on them as they did on me.
Other desserts in this series:
Ann Puno’s Choc-Nut cake
A “Fruitcake” To Fall In Love With
Pleasure for Plaisir
San Lo’s Famous…
My 2 Favorite Cakes This Christmas
Hazelnuts and Lemons
Delicious as Only DÃ¨lize Does It
NOTE: This series ends on Friday, Dec. 19, 2008.
I’ve always bemoaned the fact that there aren’t enough peanut butter desserts in Manila.
Now that I think about it, what are there aside from the occasional peanut butter-banana smoothies and Banapple’s new Myste-Reese’s pie? Ah yes, Xocolat’s peanut butter brownies. But it doesn’t make up for the sparse supply.
Thank god Sonja has saved me yet again with her ingenious creations. This time, she satiates my passion for peanutty treats. The first is her Elvis, named after the gyrating legend himself whose adoration for peanut butter and bananas is well known. A chocolate cookie crust, toasted till crunchy is the cradle for a peanut butter mousse that’s as subtle as it is velvety. Caramelized bananas are squashed under a splodge of softly whipped cream topped with chunks of Reese’s peanut butter cups. The combination borders on the beatific.
When I was in elementary school in Jakarta, the canteen sold these peanut butter cookies that I loved. Packed in threes, they were rough edged and crumbly and made with what I know now to be the cheapest peanut butter on earth. But they satisfied a sweet-tooth-in-training (me) and I was charmed by the crisscross they had on their tops, traditional marks of peanut butter cookies.
I haven’t come across cookies like that until I tried the Nutter Butters that are occasionally available at Sonja’s. Simultaneously crunchy and chewy, two peanut butter cookies littered with crushed peanuts embrace ”“ ensconce, really ”“ a peanut butter cream filling. Biting into one of these babies inspires in me such unmixed delight. It brings me back to my days in elementary sitting on the swings and munching on the canteen’s cheap peanut butter cookies ”“ cookies which, now that I’m all grown up, have metamorphosed into something that surpasses contentment and fully sates my sentimental sweet side.
Cupcakes by Sonja
Fort Bonifacio, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
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