Archive for September, 2012

As promised, I have made the Chocolate-Peanut Couscous again, refining the recipe, and I believe that it is ready to be shared with the world. Or at least the little slice of the world that reads this thing. I even have a new picture!

As you can see, I have added whipped cream on top. Completely optional of course, but I think it’s fun. It’s actually quite easy to make this dish.

To make 4 servings, I start by putting 3/4 cup of water and 3/4 cup of half and half in a small saucepan. I add 1/2 cup of sugar, 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder, 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon of peanut butter, 1 teaspoon of butter, and a pinch of salt. This may not seem like much peanut butter, and you can add more if you really want, but it really isn’t necessary. Bring the liquid just to a boil. The cream in the half and half will keep it from scalding easily, but you don’t want it to get to a heavy boil. When you are just starting to see the liquid bubble, add 3/4 cup of couscous. Stir it, remove it from the heat, cover it, and let it sit for 7 to 10 minutes to let the couscous absorb the liquid.

When all of the liquid is absorbed, stir in 1/4 cup roughly chopped dry roasted peanuts. The couscous should be very moist and sticky. If you want to add more peanuts, feel free! They add a bit of flavor and a crunchy texture to a soft, pudding-like dessert. Portion it into your serving dishes and either top it with whipped cream, drizzle it with chocolate syrup, or both.

I found that while this can be served hot or cold, whipped cream worked a little better with it when it was cold. When it was hot, the cream just sort of un-whipped itself and became cream again. In any case, it was sweet and nutty and chocolate-y and made a good dessert.

If anyone has any ideas for how to improve it or any comments about it as it is, let me know and I’ll try it out. Enjoy!

I tried something new tonight. I once tried to make a chocolate risotto and it didn’t work out that well for me. It could be that I was not using the correct rice, or my technique might have been off. At any rate, the entire thing was an abyssmal failure.

Tonight, I wanted to try something similar to that, but a little more foolproof. Enter Chocolate-Peanut Cous cous. It turned out much better than the chocolate risotto debacle. It was quite edible. Not HIGH praise, but I now know that I didn’t put enough sugar in it. I will post a photo, but I will forego posting the recipe until I have it perfected.