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Peanut Butter: How to Make It and How to Cook with It

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There are a lot of reasons peanut butter is the ultimate spread: it’s tasty, easy to eat, lasts a long time in storage, pairs with all sorts of other foods and – with plenty of energy, protein and fibre – packs a surprising nutritional punch.

But that’s not all – it’s also very easy to make at home! Of course, without commercial-grade equipment (or artificial emulsifiers and stabilisers) it is difficult to replicate the impossible smoothness of the factory-made stuff, but homemade peanut butter usually has a nuttier taste and lovely rustic texture.

Making peanut butter is easy…

  1. Place a handful of shelled peanuts, a pinch of salt and a tablespoon of peanut oil in your blender.
  2. Blend for 10 full minutes.

For a little sweetness, add a spoonful of brown sugar, honey or maple syrup. Also, baking the peanuts in the oven at 170 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes will loosen the oils and make them a bit better for blending.

Got a nice, big batch of peanut spread? Great! Now add it to some of our favourite peanut butter recipes.

Deep-dish peanut butter pie

Pecan pie, move over. This whipped-cream, nutty extravaganza with a peanut butter cup and pretzel crust from Yammie’s Noshery will be a true pie in the sky for your peanut butter-loving dinner guests – especially when you reveal that you made the peanut butter yourself!

Peanut butter chicken

Peanut butter and chicken? Yes! A sort of curry that calls for ginger, masala and coconut milk, we’re nuts for this recipe by BBC Good Food.

Peanut butter marshmallow squares

The perfect thing for your kids (or to make you feel like a kid again). These peanut butter, butterscotch and marshmallow squares are simple, classic and unbelievably good.

West African peanut butter vegetable soup

Peanut butter in soup? It sounds nuts, but this time-honoured traditional West African peanut soup is a savoury, nutty and truly unique surprise.

Peanut butter chicken tacos

This peanutty take on the Mexican classic uses peanut butter as a sauce for shredded chicken, combining nutty, spicy and meaty within the same tortilla. Arriba!

Peanut butter milkshake

A rich, sweet, peanut-butter infused milkshake from Taste of Home is best enjoyed with two straws and a sweetheart… as long as they don’t come between you and your one true love: homemade peanut butter.

Peanut butter ramen noodles (sort of)

This egg-noodle recipe with peanut butter sauce is not exactly traditional Japanese ramen, but a nutty and unique surprise nonetheless. Students: make with packaged instant noodles to bring your dormitory food game to the next level.

And last but not least, your best ever peanut butter sandwich

How could we leave out the all-time classic peanut butter dish? You don’t need us to tell you how to make a peanut butter sandwich, but these tips from Mental Floss will show you how to supercharge one.

Peanutty epilogue: The Fool’s Gold Loaf

Just kidding! We will tell you how to make a peanut butter sandwich: The legendary Fool’s Gold Loaf of the Colorado Mine Company restaurant in Denver, Colorado, USA.

Elvis Presley himself (who is also fond of peanut butter and banana sandwiches) once flew across America on his private jet just to savour the emperor of all peanut butter sandwiches, which calls for an entire jars of peanut butter, an entire jar of jelly and a full pound of bacon stuffed into a loaf of white French bread.

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