Friday, April 8, 2016

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ravioli

My first thought upon reading the box of cereal is that if it is mostly whole grain, I should be able to make pasta out of it. There are more fillings that would work beautifully with this pasta, but my family loves this version with peanut butter.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Ravioli
by T.S. Lamb

2.5 ounces all-purpose flour
2.5 ounces finely ground Chocolate Cheerios
1 large egg
2 large egg yolks
1/4 cup peanut butter
2 Tablespoons powdered sugar
Chocolate sauce for serving

Mix the flour and ground cheerios until blended. Pour out into a mound on your work surface. Make a small well in the center of the mound and put the egg and yolks into the well. Using a fork, mix the egg and yolks together, slowly bringing in the flour mixture until all the flour is incorporated and it has become a dough. At this point, use a dough scraper to gather the dough into a lump and begin kneading. Knead for 10 minutes, then wrap tightly in plastic wrap and let rest for one hour.

While your dough is resting, gently heat the peanut butter until warmed. For ease, I suggest 45 seconds at half-power in a microwave. Add the powdered sugar and blend with a fork until fully integrated. Set this aside.

Cut the rested dough into quarters and use a pasta maker (I prefer a hand-crank machine, but follow your heart) to make a thin sheet, roughly halfway down your machine's dial (on mine, it is a 4). The sheet should be long and wide enough to cover your ravioliera. If you are not using a ravioli mould, make your sheets roughly 12.5 inches by 4.5 inches. You will need two sheets (half your original dough ball) for each set of ravioli.

Lay down the first sheet and, using a half-teaspoon measure, place a small marble of the peanut-butter filling in each ravioli (every two inches if making by hand). Cover with the second sheet of dough and cut out the ravioli.

Place ravioli in boiling water for three minutes to cook. Remove from boiling water with slotted spoon and place on paper towel. pat ravioli dry with paper towel and plate immediately. Drizzle with chocolate sauce before serving.

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