In part one of this blog we learned how to make your own peanut butter, and now we continue our exploration of the best ways to enjoy the most loved spread in America.

Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting

Who could refuse a brownie with a delicious peanut butter frosting? After all, they are two of America’s most loved food items. The good old brownie is a wonderful sweet confection that can be enjoyed with coffee or as a desert after a meal. Who can resist the taste of chocolate after a special meal, it has so many things to adore it for: it is fudgy, squishy, chocolaty, and, topped with a salty whipped peanut butter frosting, it is simply amazing. The peanut butter adds natural saltiness to balance out all the sweetness from the brownie, it is simply perfection and quite irresistible.

Peanut Butter Cookies

Many peanut butter afficianos love the smooth texture of the spread, and to form a contrast by adding it to something that is dry, brittle and crumbly is heaven on a plate. Brittle Cookies are the perfect accompaniment to the smooth luxurious taste of the peanut butter. The key to this simple recipe is to make your cookies a little bit thinner and flatter, then add a great amount of peanut butter on top of each cookie. As you bite into the crumbly biscuit is sort of dissolves into buttery crumbs in your mouth, then mixes with the peanut butter and it all become a sticky goo that clings to the roof of your mouth sending an explosion of flavor to your taste buds.

Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Simply mixing in peanut butter into good vanilla ice cream will produce a great dessert, but if you put a little more effort into your work and also include banana chunks, you will have a pure delight. Peanut butter and bananas is one of those matches made in heaven and putting the two together is like putting two magnets close: they cling to each other and become one. Try putting the peanut butter into a warm cream mixture first before you churn and freeze it, this will make the base ice cream creamy and peanutty all the way through the mixture. Then add frozen chunks of bananas to the peanut / cream mixture as you churn it. What will eventually come out of the ice cream maker will be perfection: an ice cream that has all the taste of nuts but explosion bombs of banana fruit every other slurp. Try serving this ice cream with fresh berries or accompanied by the hot waffles.

Peanut butter can be used in almost any culinary activity, but it shines the best in desserts as it has the perfect texture and just the right amount of saltiness to balance out overly sweet desserts and puddings. Main courses can also benefit from the peanut butter treatment, it is perfect with many Asian dishes, such as satay. It also is a perfect partner to dishes that have plenty of spice as it is a natural calming ingredient to the palette. The advice is to be adventurous and experiment with it as an ingredient, you never know you may create a sensation.