5.16.2010

balanced meal

I made the most delicious riff on peanut butter & jelly tonight, y'all. A peanut butter whoopie pie with homemade strawberry-balsamic jam: the ultimate in bourgeois re-appropriation. (Keller and Achatz aside, obvs.)

dinner.

I used the King Arthur Flour recipe for the peanut butter cake components, using a full cup of peanut butter rather than the 3/4 cup called for in the recipe. (Note: it made me sad to buy creamy peanut butter for this recipe. I know that extra-chunky would have been a trainwreck for making these cakes, but it still makes me sigh, as extra-chunky peanut butter is so clearly superior to creamy.)
For the jam, I will have to be a bit more vague. I had a huge box of overripe strawberries from the grocery that I cleaned, sliced, and mixed with about 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and about 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar. I stewed that together over low heat for a long while, and then added about a teaspoon of gelatin to help it set up into a somewhat jammy consistency.

After I polish off another whoopie pie or five for dinner tonight, I should take the leftover jam and stretch it out with a vanilla mousse of some sort to fill the rest of the pies.

(Stuff like this happens in my apartment on Sunday nights. You all should come over.)

2 comments:

jasmine said...

You know what?
That is pure genius.

Katherine said...

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