And, if you also happen to be infiltrated with the flavors and scents of fall, it’s definitely going to be seasonal.*
*I mean, how long did y’all really think I would go without trying to combine my obsession for apple pie spice with my love for nut butter?
My spice profile for this batch of nuttiness came from the scent and flavor of mulled apple cider. I took a peek at a box of mulling spices for inspiration, and, along with “the usual” cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice……I added a surprise guest: orange peel!
I don’t know that I ended up adding enough to completely change the flavor, but sometimes psychosomatic subtleties make all the difference.
As with my Vegan Pumpkin Mousse (and many of my other recipes), I encourage tasting and testing as you go.*
*But remember the flavors will intensify, so unless you are like me and eat an entire jar of peanut butter in a couple of days,^ you might want to think about that.
That way I’d be able to pulse the whole thing JUST enough to crush and distribute the dried fruit without causing the whole thing to stick together in a ball of nutty dough* due to over-processing.
*Which is nothing more than a (delicious) disappointment….unless you just want to make nutty dough balls of course.
Scoop out as much as you can into one of the thousands of empty peanut butter jars you keep stashed away in the cupboard.*
*If you don’t do this, you should start.And while I DO recommend risking security breach with TSA* in order to successfully get this goodness into the hands of your San Francisco hostess…
*”But ma’am, it’s not a liquid! It’s PEANUT BUTTER!”^
…I do NOT recommend coming home late at night after your trip and polishing off all the leftovers in one fell swoop.*
*It makes for a very unhappy morning…
2 cups (or so) creamy peanut butter
2 1/2 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. ground nutmeg
2 tsp. dried orange peel (optional)
1 1/4 tsp. ground allspice
1 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
brown rice syrup or other sweetener (i.e. honey), to taste (if peanut butter is unsweetened)
pinch of salt (if peanut butter is unsalted)
10 dried apple rings
1. Scoop peanut butter into food processor. Add half the suggested amount of spices. Process until smooth.
2. Taste, and add more spices in small increments, processing and tasting as you go.
3. Follow processing-and-tasting procedure with sweetener (if using).
4. Once you are satisfied with the flavor, break up apple rings into food processor bowl. Process just until the apples are evenly distributed in small pieces!