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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Peanutty Ice-Box Cake


Featured on Amuse Bouche the blog for the magazine Where Women Cook
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From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Albert Einstein is attributed with saying, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Sometimes. Maybe. Confused might be a better word for the robin who spends all day, every day, diving into the large bank of windows that front our home. This has gone on for days now, and while we've done everything we can think of to ward him off, he'll keep at it until nesting season is over or he is concussed and falls from the sky. This happens every year and I'm always amazed these confused souls make it through mating season with their small brains intact. I mention this only because I can no longer deny my own recidivist tendencies. The delivery of locally raised meat forced me to access the contents of my auxiliary freezer. A quick inventory revealed that it was packed to the rafters and there was no room for the meat. This, too, happens every year and it's a good thing that Albert isn't around 'cause we all know what he'd say. After some mild cursing, deep digging and inventory analysis, I made space for the meat. The only bizarre aspect of the episode was my freezer wasn't jam-packed with meat or vegetables or survival staples. It was packed to the rafters with bread, berries and nuts. If ever there is a shortage of freezer jam stop by. I have enough of it to feed a small country. At any rate, tucked among the nuts was an embarrassingly large stash of peanuts. So, as you probably have already guessed, I'll be exploring recipes for peanuts for the next few days, and think I'll call the exercise Nuts to You Week in honor of Albert Einstein.

While many would call this a refrigerator cheesecake, I think it's more like an old-fashioned Charlotte or an ice-box cake. While it contains cream cheese, its texture is mousse-like and completely different than that of a cheesecake. The recipe, which comes from The Peanut Institute, is one of the easiest I've ever come across and even beginning cooks will be able to make it successfully. The Silver Fox made the cake that I photographed for this post. I've made no changes to the original recipe, but I do have a couple of suggestions should you decide to make it. I freeze the cake and slice it while it is frozen. This mousse-like cake is very soft, and in a perfect world it would benefit from the infusion of a bit of gelatin. The use of gelatin would, however, move the cake from its super easy status, so freezing it is the way to go if you want clean slices. Once it's cut, it has enough substance to stand on its own without drooping. I let the frozen slices sit in the refrigerator for an hour or so before serving. If I'm in a real rush 30 minutes at room temperature will also do the trick. This obviously is not gourmet fare, but it's a really nice dessert that's suitable for guests as well as family. If you like peanut butter desserts, you'll love this one. Here's the recipe.

Peanutty Ice-Box Cake...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of The Peanut Institute

Ingredients:
3/4 cup chopped roasted peanuts
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup butter, melted
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
4 packages (3 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 container (4 oz.) frozen whipped topping, thawed
1/2 to 3/4 cup chopped roasted peanuts for garnish

Directions:
1) Combine peanuts, graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Press crumb mixture into 9-inch spring form pan. Chill crust for 20 minutes.
2) Using an electric mixer, cream softened cream cheese and peanut butter until fluffy. Gradually add condensed milk and mix well. Add lemon juice and vanilla and blend well. Fold in whipped topping.
3) Pour mixture into prepared crust. Garnish with chopped peanuts. Chill 2-3 hours or freeze. Makes 12 servings.

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84 comments:

CaThY said...

Awesome! I love cream cheese & peanut ;)

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

What a wonderful recipe! Easy but still impressive! It looks so creamy...
I am looking forward to seeing more of your peanut recipes. That silly little Robin!

Faith said...

Oh man I am a magician with reorganizing the freezer!!! That icebox cake looks like a great treat...one I will definetley put in my Summer cooking list!






Dr.Sameena Prathap
said...

wow...amazing box cake...yumm yumm...pass me some!!:)

Dr.Sameena@

http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com/

Denise said...

Crazy bird! My husband would love this...he loves all things with peanut butter. Thanks for sharing such a cool treat! :)

Denise @ Creative Kitchen

Chiara said...

Lovely treat Mary!I love it! have a good day....

Jean said...

this looks so creamy and smooth...amazing!

Alessandra said...

Frozen like an ice cream must be amazing... but can you even just chill it? Not to soft?

ciao

Alessandra

Hovkonditorn said...

What a lovely treat! Looks so creamy and delicious! Hugs

Lora said...

I love this and the idea of the texture being between a cheesecake and a mousse. Beautiful!

Elin said...

Mary..this is awesome. Beautiful texture ! Simply mouth-watering :)

Priya said...

Simply mouthwatering,cake looks extremely addictive..

Umm Mymoonah said...

I'm so much craving for that slice now, looks very delicious.

Ana Rita said...

Hi Mary,

You're right it's really simple.
I'm sure is delicious....
Blessings,
Rita

p.s-Today is your day at my blog.

Coleen's Recipes said...

I love the idea of freezing this. My grandkids will love it. Thanks for sharing.

Hélia said...

Simply delicous!!
Have a great day!

kisses
Hélia

Three-Cookies said...

Excellent cake assembly skills!

Suman Singh said...

Wow, wow, wow...looks AMAZING!
I'm craving for that slice now..yum!

Elaine said...

We have a robin that does that every year. Well, I've decided it is the same robin. Anyway, it just upsets me so when he hits the window. Your icebox cake is so pretty and it sounds like it is the perfect dessert for a hot summer day or any day.

paula MARIANA said...

Oh my God Mary, a wonderful recipe, looks so delicious and so creamy. Thank you for the recipe,

kisses and have a good week my friend!!

Sanjeeta kk said...

What a lovely presentation of a decadent dessert! Mary you are a lovely cook, your creations are so tempting and delicious.

Sanjeeta kk said...

What a lovely presentation of a decadent dessert! Mary you are a lovely cook, your creations are so tempting and delicious.

Kim said...

I like this dessert, love it when it's cold, so good!

Martha said...

Icebox cakes are the cakes of our grandmothers but am glad to see them coming back for they are really good!

bellini valli said...

I had noticed that nuts were definetly prevelant in your cooking lately.This does look wonderful Mary!

Harika's Kitchen said...

Wow your appetizer looks gorgeous. Very tempting just want to have a bite.

Carol said...

Looks so creamy and so delicious, what a nice treat this would be!

Claudia said...

"If you love peanut butter?" Am amazed that someone would not be craving this. Must check my freezer for peanuts! Rich and satisfying and you know I love ease. And note to self: check freezer before ordering meat.

Jenn said...

The cake looks amazing! Refrigerated cheesecake, ice box cake, whatever you call it, I'd eat the whole thing!!
Chris and I were just talking about how we wished we had room for a big freezer. With the cost of meat continually going up, it would be well worth it. Oh, and if I lived closer, I'd take some of the freezer jam off your hands :)

brandi said...

i love easy desserts - this looks like a great recipe to have on hand.

Priyanka said...

Another wonderful and yummy looking dish.....

From the Kitchen said...

I'm going to have Andrew read this post. He thinks we are the only ones with packed freezers. He also might make this cake since there a large tin of Virginia peanuts nestled among the other necessities in said freezers. We have an abundance of crusty bread on ice. Perhaps we should meet somewhere--you and your jam and me and my bread. Anyone out there with an abundance of sweet butter wanting to come along?

Best,
Bonnie

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Awesome recipe...melt in the mouth look...and wonderful taste of peanut...slurp..

Lynda said...

I love easy desserts like this, especially in the hot summer months when I don't want to bake.
If I lived close to you Mary, I'd be over for some of your freezer jam; it's the best tasting jam there is.

Josy said...

Hi Mary

Is the first time I come to your blog as a nominee of Rita Bembons
I'm loving. You have very good recipes and pictures are beautiful.
This should be congratulated. Sorry, but I can not write well english, I hope I did understand. A good day for you. Kisses
Josy

Pacheco Patty said...

Hi Mary, I like the look and sound of this peant butter ice-box cake. I can taste the peanut butter flavor;-). Beautiful presentation too!

Pondside said...

I love ice cream-type cakes but hate to buy them, so I'm always happy to have a new recipe. This one will be for Saturday supper.

love lives in the kitchen said...

wow it's just delicious! thanks for sharing :)
have a sweet day,
justyna

Jamie said...

The whole peanut story is hysterical, Mary, but good thing you'll be coming up with peanut recipes because I love peanuts. And this pie is wow! I want a slice now. Creamy, peanutty, you don't even need the crust, just pass me a spoon. Fabulous!

Emily Malloy said...

This is GORGEOUS. I am so impressed.

June said...

Wow - it looks fabulous, although until I make it I'll maintain your best cheesecake is the Cranberry Layered one. It is stellar!

PeggyR said...

Oh that looks so good.

Adam said...

That looks so good. I love everything that has to do with peanuts and peanut butter (or any type of nut) and this is a must try. And I have to say, I'm really looking forward to your future nuttiness as you eat away at your peanut supply :).

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I'm loving peanut week! And, I'll take any tips on how to organize a chest freezer. Mine's a mess!

Èlia said...

Very good!!!
Élia

Renee @ MyKitchenAdventures said...

deeeeeee licious! What is not to love?

Beloved Green said...

Oh heavens, you are killing me with all this goodness. I am hungry now.

yummychunklet said...

Looks interesting. I've only ever heard of the ice box cake with the chocolate wafers, so this is different!

Carol said...

This is a lot like peanut butter pie. It's prettier, though!
BTW, Mister is still raving about that peanut butter fudge. I put a copy in my book of favorite recipes. I will be making it again!

Maria said...

Wow that is one delicious cake! Looks fantastic!

Wendy Irene said...

I love the circle pattern of the peanuts on top!

Joanne said...

I am absolutely SO thrilled that you'll be writing about peanuts for a while because I absolutely love them! I've never had or made an ice-box cake, but now I'm really craving one!

Bella said...

Sounds like a good, easy dessert. :)
That poor bird! I hope it figures things out soon.

briarrose said...

Beautiful cake. I adore peanuts and this looks like it would hit the spot.

That Girl said...

Ice box cakes always make me think of June Cleaver! Secret confession- I've never had or made one.

Ginny said...

I think I can almost taste it now!! It looks so creamy and mousy

Chele said...

Man oh man does that look good! And I'm not even the bigest fan of cheesecakes or peanuts etc but I really want the biggest slice I can get my fangs around!

Susan said...

Mary, this would be a refreshing cake!! Our Germans friends who always had trouble with birds flying into the windows, but large silouettes of blackbirds made out of black paper on the inside of the windows. It seemed to help to scare the birds away. But on the other hand, this happens all the time, so I guess the birds just have to learn the hard way!!!

Sushma Mallya said...

Thts a wonderful recipe, Loved the very look of it:)

hannah said...

Hello Mary, I got to know your blog through the blog today and of course Ana Rita came ca see your recipes, I was a fan, you have wonderful recipes, so I have to say thanks to Ana Rita for having given you to know, because I go back many and often more, since you then go'm watching the news.

If you want to also pass on my corner!

a kiss

Design Wine and Dine said...

I always have a huge stash of peanuts too! I love the the little babies!

The Silver Fox did a wonderful job with this dessert I must say! So it sounds like it's not nearly as heavy as a 'cream cheese cheese cake' - nice!

Thanks for sharing as always!

Gloria said...

Mary!!! What lovely and yummy Cake! blessings dear, gloria

Leontien said...

Hi Mary!
Thank you so much for coming over to my blog and putting in such a sweet comment! In the next few days i hope to catch up on my "blogs to follow" and hope to check out yours!

Thanks again and hope to see you lot's!
Leontien

Mary said...

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Ryan said...

Ha, Ha, I'm glad I'm not the only one with a packed freezer! I think its the sign of a person who really loves to cook. :) This ice box cake looks fantastic. Perfect now that the weather is getting warmer!

Kim said...

Mary- Your post about the robin and the contents of your freezer really tickled me. My freezer explodes on me when I open it. Frozen food just rains on me every time.

The peanutty ice-box cake looks wonderful. I've one similar to this and it is a real favorite with my family.

jaclyn @ thelateafternoon said...

cream cheese and peanut butter sounds like an amazing combination. what a velvety delicious looking cake!

createwithmom said...

wonderful cake looks delicious with peanut butter

kitchen flavours said...

This looks like a delightful dessert! Looks like I'm not the only one with a packed freezer! Well, one thing I have to say, no matter how big the freezer is, there will never be enough of space! :)

~~louise~~ said...

I've never "met" an ice-box cake that I didn't totally enjoy, Mary. And by all means, I mean yours too!!! It sounds amazing! Thanks for adding that piece about even a novice can do it:)

Love the title of your week too. How cool is that???

As for your robin dilemma, I've never "met" one of those that I haven't liked but I know exactly what you mean. When I lived in New York, the same thing happened all the time. To my chagrin, too many went by the way of concussed...

Thanks for reminding me, I need to tackle that freezer!!!

Holly said...

Mmmmm This is going in my recipe box now! Looks fantastic Mary : )

Nina said...

Wow, Mary....this sounds heavenly! Ice box and peanut butter? Cannot wait to make this...yours looks wonderful! Cheers, Nina

elle marie said...

I'm a huge fan of anything nutty, this is tempting my taste buds, unlike you though.. I have zero items in my freezer... I have this fear that if I stock up, it will go to waste...I'm a daily shopper, otherwise I end up throwing so much away... I think because my schedule will be lax one week and super busy the next...

Yasmin said...

Jaw dropping! I am printing this recipe to make strait after lent!

I love the creaminess of this dessert! It looks soooooo good!

Cheers,
Yasmin

FOODESSA said...

How nice it was to read that your Mr. has a hand at treating to something sweetly made and talented too!

The cake looks incredible Mr. Fox ;o)

Ciao for now,
Claudia

penny aka jeroxie said...

No need for oven! Great... this is a keeper :D

Amanda said...

OMG my partner needs to go on vacation so that I can give this a whirl...silly peanut allergy!

Shelley said...

I have the same problem with my freezer! Live teh Nuts to You Einstein theme. Looks like you found an excellent soultion for your peanut broblem- the cake looks delish!

Now Serving said...

Mary thanks for stopping by and your wonderful words about my food :) I totally want you (please) to send this cake as an entry for my Crazy for Cake event- It's new, innovative and absolutely gorgeous! Here is the link - I've provided a linky tool - Do me the honor :)
http://priyasnowserving.blogspot.com/2011/02/announcing-second-guest-event.html

Carmie of the Single Nester said...

Oh my gosh. This looks delicious. I love lemon but am wondering what it adds to the recipe's taste.

CaSaundraLeigh said...

I love the sounds of this. Such a short and easy ingredients list!

Mrs. L said...

This sounds so good and I can't wait to make it! I'm loving me some no-bake recipes...makes me think the cold and rain will stop soon and I'll have some warm weather.

Mikaela Cowles said...

Your blog is so lovely! I'm not sure how you found mine, but I am so glad you did because now I have found you. This recipe is a lot like one my family makes and I adore it. What could be better than chocolate and peanut butter. I look forward to more wonderful recipes.

Foodycat said...

I've really enjoyed all these peanut recipes! You are using them in amazingly creative ways. I must bookmark this cake - we're getting into barbecue season and this is a great dessert to take!

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