Food Memory Friday: Amish Peanut Butter

I grew up in the heart of Amish country in northeastern Ohio. When I tell people this after they ask me where I’m from, I usually get the question, “are you Amish?” The answer- no, I’m not.  In fact, my parents moved into the area almost 30 years ago after they graduated dental school and raised us in this really lovely part of Ohio. I guess you could call us outsiders in a sense, but we were welcomed into the community and I really appreciated growing up in such a unique region.

One of the best things about being around this group of people is the cooking and baking.  The Amish are well-known for their rich, homemade food. Pan-fried chicken, mashed potatoes, noodles, applesauce, pies, doughnuts…oh my gravy, the list goes on and on! Perhaps my favorite Amish menu item, though, is this Amish peanut butter, or church spread. It’s a staple that is often served with bread during the after church meal. If you go into the local restaurants, or even on certain days in the  school cafeterias, you will likely see a jar of this heavenly spread. It’s very similar to a fluffernutter sandwich filling and I think it is  a nice treat to serve with sliced apples, bananas or as an ice cream topping.

Although I no longer live in Amish country, I always think fondly of my hometwon when I taste the sweet delight of Amish peanut butter. 🙂

Have a great weekend everyone!

Amish Peanut Butter

Printable Version

Yield: About 5 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp Maple syrup
  • 1-18 oz jar creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups marshmallow creme

Directions

In a medium-sized saucepan, bring the brown sugar, water, and syrup to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool. Meanwhile, stir together the peanut butter and marshmallow creme in a large bowl. Add the cooled sugar mixture into the peanut butter mixture and stir until smooth. Transfer to an airtight container and store at room temperature for 2-3 weeks (the mixture may separate slightly, so just stir it a few times before you eat it). Enjoy!

Source: Old Tyme Cookbook

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Reblogged this on Dem Bones and commented:
    Amish Peanutbutter

  2. This looks like trouble. I’m afraid if I made it I wouldn’t eat it on bread, bananas or apples; I think I’d much prefer a spoon!

    1. Lolly says:

      I have to admit a spoon is one of my favorite accompaniments with amish peanut butter 😉

      1. Miss Meghan, I’m with you on that one. Lolly, this was such an interesting post!

  3. khaki says:

    I think this has been my favorite blog so far. i could get busy on this amish fluffy nutter . maybe i’;ll make it for hadley’s baby shower.wonder how much yummier it would be with homemade marshmellow fluff? ever try dipping carrot sticks?

    1. Lolly says:

      Ooh Khaki- it would be delish with homemade fluff! I have had it with carrots before and I think it’s pretty good- also tasty with celery. Nomnom

  4. Not sure if this will show up in the right place because when I clicked on comments for Amish Peanut butter it comes up with a comment box under the name Cinnamon Apple Muffins. Anyhow, amish country is a great place to visit, I have some furniture from there. This recipe is quite unique, but a pleasant surprise. I will need to try this-the maple syrup and marshmallow creme does inspire. Thanks for sharing.

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