Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars.

So I made something off my dessert list- Martha Stewart’s recipe for Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars. I’ve made sure to convert ingredient amounts for SA (metric volume and Celsius) in parentheses.

Sorry- no picture staging here!
  •     1 cup (2 USA sticks or 225grams) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus some to grease the pan
  •     3 cups all-purpose flour (white bread flour) , plus some to coat the pan
  •     1 1/2 cups (337 grams) sugar
  •     2 large eggs
  •     2 1/2 (562 grams) cups smooth peanut butter
  •     1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  •     1 teaspoon baking powder
  •     1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  •     1 1/2 cups (337 grams) jam, you favorite flavour (I used raspberry).
  •     2/3 cup (150 grams) salted peanuts, roughly chopped 

Just to remind you of how small my kitchen is....

Butter and Sugar

1.  Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (177 degrees Celsius). Grease a 9-by-13-inch pan with butter (I used spray olive oil), and line the bottom with parchment paper. Grease (or spray) the parchment, and coat the inside of the pan with flour (getting the sides as well).

2.  Place butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Beat on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. On medium speed, add eggs and peanut butter; beat until combined, about 2 minutes.

Eggs and Peanut Butter

3.   Whisk together salt, baking powder, and flour. Add to bowl of mixer on low speed; combine. Add vanilla and mix until blended. Make sure to scrape bowl and mix again.

This is what the mixture will look like.
4.  Transfer approximately 2/3 of the mixture to the pan (eyeball it); spread evenly with a spatula (used one for frosting), spread jam on top of peanut-butter mixture. Dollop last 1/3 of peanut-butter mixture on top of jam. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts.

First layer down
Dollops on top.

With chopped peanuts sprinkled on top.

5.   Bake until golden brown, about 45 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool; cut into however many pieces you want! They’re rich, so a piece the size of your palm is more than enough.

Golden brown

They were so good....I forgot to take a picture of a nicely cut piece! One thing I’d change- add more jam! I might put ½ to 1 cup more next time. And there will be a next time!


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P.S.- Thank you Martha Stewart!

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Emily @ Lucy Jane's BEst said...

Hi! It's Emily from Lucy Jane's Best. I am sooo sorry to hear that there is no KARO syrup in S. Africa, but happy to read of your adventures. :) Have a great day!!

renee @ Singing With Birds said...

What a delightful looking treat. They would be a big hit with my grands and I will defiantly add more jam. Thanks for stopping by and your good wishes. My best to you as well.

Peggy said...

This looks super. All three of my children love peanut butter! Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for sharing!

Vanisha @ Vanisha's Life In...Australia said...

I really appreciate that you do the conversions for us :) You've given me inspiration to get appliances, even though I have a small kitchen! ;)

Designing Domesticity said...

These look delish! Stopping by from the hop. Am your newest follower! liz

Jenn "Rook No. 17" said...

Mmmm...I think I'd like this even better than a PB&J sandwich. Delish!

Thank you for being a part of the creative spirit on "A Little Birdie Told Me..." at Rook No. 17!


Becky said...

These look like heaven! I can't wait to try them out on my kids!! :)

Thanks for sharing this deliciousness with us at Rub Some Dirt On It!

Chris said...

Thanks for sharing this recipe. They look delicious and I will have to try them soon. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris