There’s this thing I like to do sometimes, late at night, when I’m all alone.
Eww. No. Not THAT.* Get your minds out of the gutter, people. Out of the gutter…
*Are you now wondering if we are thinking about the same thing? Are you?
…and into the (nut) butter.
Maybe there’s something about the fact that although it takes less than 15 minutes to go from dry roasted, unsalted peanut butter stock to creamy peanut butter…
(This is what those of us who never make candy or fudge think of as the soft ball stage, by the way.)
…it is rather loud, and knowing you aren’t disturbing anyone or scaring them
when if the processor starts shaking or smoking is rather freeing, really.
And there’s no one there to judge you if your brilliant*culinary mind decides that what this peanut butter really needs is maple extract…
*Yes, I do have high self-esteem, thankyouverymuch.
…and dried blueberries to reach the newly found summit* flavored peanut butter perfection.
*Which I really just keep reaching, don’t I? Over and over and over again with the nut butter awesomeness…
When you’re home alone, you can take the long-lost-yet-lingering taste of maple yogurt mixed with peanut flour and blueberries, and turn it into peanut butter, as though it is the most natural thing in the world.^
^Also clearly natural to fixate on a flavor combination for months. MONTHS.
Blueberry Pancake Peanut Butter
2 cups (unsalted) peanut butter stock
1 tsp. maple extract
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup dried blueberries
Process peanut butter stock in a food processor until VERY creamy (about 10 minutes or so).
Add extracts and salt.
Process until well incorporated. [Taste for desired saltiness.]
Add blueberries and process just until chopped and mixed, but still slightly chunky.
Note: Flavor really develops overnight, so don’t worry if it’s not “maple-y” enough!
OK, who am I kidding? The REAL reason it’s best to make nut butter at home, late at night* is that there’s no one there to stare as you lick the spatula with a sensuality usually reserved for what you THOUGHT I was doing when I was home alone.
*And despite the digitally-enhanced appearance joyful lighting in these photos, it did happen post-bedtime (also known in the Smart household as 10 PM).
And if your roommates do appear and catch you “in the act,” you can always quickly abscond with the processor bowl, blade, spatula, and a (baby) spoon, and hide in your room while watching Downton Abbey.
They might judge you. But I won’t.