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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.)


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.)


jasmine said...

You know what?
That is pure genius.

Katherine said...

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