Sunday, December 9, 2012

Amish Peanut Butter - oh my!


I am excited to share several yummy recipes this week ideal for gift giving! I love giving AND receiving homemade gifts - whether they're from the kitchen or not - because giving away our time and ourselves always says L-O-V-E! 


If you missed my post from yesterday....

I hope you'll take time to read and glean some practical ideas...there are
some gift giving recipes there too. My daughter did an 'interview' with me a few years ago and I'm sharing once again...


Onto today's yummy recipe.....


We live in NW Ohio, close to Michigan and Indiana.  There are Amish folks within a few miles in both of those directions.  Very interesting people. We try not to gawk anytime we drive around their buggies on the road, but it's always fun to wave at each other as we travel along the same path...just in very different modes of transportation.  

We love going to Amish/Mennonite restaurants and when we do, they always have a jar of Amish peanut butter on the table for the homemade rolls. 

It's peanut butter mixed with marshmallow cream and a simple syrup and is oh so yummy...such a special treat.


It only takes a few minutes to make. I let mine sit out on the counter and gobble it up on toast. (Pumpkin spice swirl bread even!)  So you can make ahead for the holidays and have something on hand to give away. I suppose you could store it in the fridge, but make sure it's warm temperature when serving. 

So I was really! happy when I found this simple recipe at Lemons for Lulu and decided I was going to make some to give as gifts for Christmas.  It would be awesome, tucked in a basket along with apples or bananas, pretzels or maybe even homemade bread? (The Amish are SUPER at making delicious homemade breads and rolls!) 
Tanya at Lemons for Lulu made this as requested by her little girl for her birthday. Can you imagine a child asking for something like this?  I thought that was so sweet...she must REALLY like it huh?

I will confess: it's difficult to stop eating this fluffy treat by the spoonfuls!


AMISH PEANUT BUTTER 

2 c. brown sugar
1 c. water
2 Tb. corn syrup
1 tsp. maple syrup
2 c. peanut butter
1 - 16 ozs. marshmallow fluff 

In large saucepan over medium heat, combine brown sugar, water, corn syrup and maple syrup.  Stir until mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat; let cool to about 15 minutes. 

In a large bowl, combine peanut butter and marshmallow fluff. (I think it's easiest to stir it by hand (I used a curved rubber spatula)...it would be pretty thick for your mixer, unless you have one of those strong beautiful stand mixers). Add cooled sugar mixture gradually and stir until it's smooth and combined well. Pour into air tight containers. 

Depending on the size of your jars/containers, this would make enough for 2 - 4 gifts.  Recipe says it serves a total of 24. 

(I know it seems like it would make more, but when you're stirring that marshmallow fluff, the 'air' comes out and it gets 'smaller'.) 

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