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Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. Vegetable oil for greasing pan

  2. 7 oz fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened), chopped

  3. 1 stick (1/2 cup) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces

  4. 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  5. 3 large eggs, lightly beaten

  6. 1 cup salted dry-roasted peanuts (4 oz)

  7. 4 oz cream cheese, softened

  8. 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (not "natural")

  9. 3/4 cup confectioners sugar

  10. 1/2 cup chilled heavy cream

  11. 1 teaspoon vanilla

  12. 1/3 cup heavy cream

  13. 3 tablespoons light corn syrup

  14. 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar

  15. 2 tablespoons Dutch-process unsweetened cocoa powder

  16. 1/4 teaspoon salt

  17. 3 1/2 oz fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened), chopped

  18. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Make chocolate layer:

  2. Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with foil, allowing 2 inches of foil to hang over 2 opposite ends of pan, and lightly brush foil (except overhang) with oil.

  3. Melt chocolate with butter, sugar, and salt in a double boiler or a large metal bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water, whisking occasionally, until smooth. Remove top of double boiler or bowl from heat and whisk in eggs and vanilla, then stir in peanuts.

  4. Pour batter into baking pan and bake until set and edges are slightly puffed, about 15 minutes. Transfer cake in pan to a rack to cool completely.

  5. Make peanut butter layer:

  6. Beat cream cheese, peanut butter, confectioners sugar, and salt in a bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until combined well, about 4 minutes.

  7. Beat cream with vanilla in a bowl with cleaned beaters at medium-high speed until it just holds stiff peaks, then gently fold into peanut butter mixture until just combined.

  8. Spread mixture evenly on top of chocolate layer and freeze, pan covered with foil, until firm, about 2 hours.

  9. Make hot fudge sauce:

  10. Bring cream, syrup, sugar, cocoa, salt, and chocolate to a boil in a 1-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, stirring until chocolate is melted. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring frequently, until thickened, about 3 minutes, then remove from heat. Stir in vanilla until incorporated. Cool sauce to warm.

  11. To serve:

  12. Carefully lift cake from pan by grasping overhang. Trim 1/4 inch from edges of cake and discard, then cut into 8 bars. Peel off foil and serve bars with sauce.

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