Monday, February 1, 2010

Peanut butter

Peanut Butter and Salted Caramel ice cream

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

I have had an unrelenting craving for peanut butter lately. I have finally, after years of struggle, weaned myself and my family off our favorite type of peanut butter. Our formerly favorite peanut butter contains added sugars and hydrogenated oils. Now it is all natural or nothing, and I have come to enjoy it. Here I present 2 delicious recipes using peanut butter. One is easy and very kid friendly, and the other one requires a slightly more sophisticated palate and a ice cream maker. Ice cream in winter? Oh Yes! I say make Valentine's Day all about peanut butter. Chocolate is lovely, but because of dark chocolate's raging popularity and health properties we have been eating it all through the year (in just about everything). Chocolate is just not as special as it used to be. Because of peanut allergies that can be severe (sometimes resulting in death), peanut butter treats have disappeared from the bake sale table, school lunches etc. With good reason of course, but if you enjoy peanut butter and are not allergic or living with anyone allergic enjoy these recipes in the safety of your own home.

The Peanut Butter and Salted Caramel Ice Cream is adapted from Olive Magazine's January 2010 issue. Olive Magazine is a BBC publication. Like the BBC food website it contains some great food photography and many wonderful recipes. Olive is a little pricey but worth it and I usually come away from an issue, wanting to try at least 5 or 6 recipes. The ice cream recipe did not let me down. The salty sweetness of this ice cream is addictive.

Peanut Butter and Salted Caramel ice cream
(adapted from Olive Magazine with some Canadian friendly adjustments)

1/2 cup / 125 ml golden caster sugar (I used regular superfine sugar which works well)
a large pinch of salt flakes (such as Maldon)
Ice Cream
1 1/2 cups / 375 ml golden caster sugar (I used regular superfine sugar which works well)
3 T and 1 t / 50 ml salted butter
1 1/4 cup / 300 ml 35 % whipping cream *the original recipe calls for double cream which has a butter fat content of 48%, so if you can find it use it instead
5 large egg yolks
2 cups / 500 ml whole milk
6 T / 90 ml all natural peanut butter

Make the caramel by heating the sugar in a pan on medium heat. Once the sugar starts to melt, tilt the pan and swirl the contents to keep the heat consistent. Cook the caramel until it turns to a dark gold. Take off the heat, add the salt flakes and leave to cool for a few seconds. Pour caramel onto a parchment paper lined or greased baking or cookie sheet.

Have ready: egg yolks in a large heat proof bowl.

For the ice cream, melt the sugar in the same way, and once it has caramelised, add the butter and cream and re-melt everything together. Pour this mixture into the egg yolks and whisk well. Add the milk and then strain the lot back into a clean pan. Cook gently until the mixture thickens slightly. Stir in the peanut butter. Let the custard cool. Break the caramel into chunky pieces. Pour the custard into an ice cream maker and follow the manufacturers instructions. Stir the caramel into the ice cream and freeze the lot until firm.

*Omitting the caramel that is folded in at the last would still result in an excellent ice cream .

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

1 3/4 cup / 430 ml all purpose flour
2 t / 10 ml baking powder
1/4 t baking soda
1/2 t / 2.5 ml salt
1/3 cup / 75 ml butter, softened
3/4 cup / 180 ml all natural peanut butter
2/3 cup / 150 ml sugar
2 eggs, slightly beaten
3 ripe bananas, mashed

Whisk together the first 4 ingredients. Cream butter and peanut butter until pale, then add sugar. Add eggs one at a time. Fold in bananas and then dry ingredients until just blended. Pour batter into a large loaf pan and bake at 350F for one hour or until center of bread bounces back when pressed gently.

I would be tempted to add caramel or chocolate chips to this recipe.

This recipe would also make great muffins. The cooking time would be about 15 minutes (depending on their size) and you would cook the muffins at 400F.

Serve these two recipes together or separately. Enjoy!

I would also like to included a link to Crew Bios for Bitchin Kitchen, which include yours truly. It's a show I have been working on that explains the recent scarcity of my blogs. It will be shown on the Food Network in early spring.


  1. I'm trying both, and now I'm craving chocolate so I will add some chocolate chips to the banana peanut bread.

  2. Yeah you cannot go with wrong with added chocolate, white chocolate would work well


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