Homemade Peanut Butter

Homemade Peanut Butter

After making two new recipes for my 50 in 15 Challenge for breakfast, I felt even more adventurous this afternoon — enough so to tackle homemade peanut butter. I can in no way claim this as my own, as I found a recipe for Wok Fried Peanut Butter on Alton Brown’s website. Being a big fan of Alton Brown and all the science and information he presents, I’m always trusting of his recipes. So I decided to give his Wok Fried Peanut Butter a shot, making a couple slight modifications including adding a bit more honey than originally called for, as well as making the final peanut butter creamy rather than chunky. Wouldn’t you know it, even with my modifications, I couldn’t be happier with the results!

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. peanut oil
  • 1 lb. raw peanuts, shelled and skinned
  • 1 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 3 tbsp. honey

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a wok over medium-high heat until shimmering (about 5 minutes, 350° F). Add the peanuts and stir-fry for one minute. Reduce the heat to medium and continue cooking until the peanuts are golden brown, about 8 to 12 minutes.
  2. Remove peanuts and place on a paper towel-lined sheet pan, immediately seasoning with salt.
  3. After the peanuts have cooled completely (about 20 minutes), transfer them to a food processor and add salt and honey. Process the peanuts for about 5 minutes, stopping to scrape down the sides of the processor as needed. Continue puréeing until the peanut butter is completely smooth.
  4. Remove peanut butter from the processor and store in an airtight container.

Notes

This was a surprisingly easy recipe to make. Initially I didn’t puree the peanut butter long enough to get it completely smooth, and ended up adding a few extra tablespoons of honey to try and account for the lack of moisture. However, I did end up doing a second round of puréeing after having “finished” the peanut butter for the first time, and ended up with a delightfully creamy result with which I couldn’t be happier. This recipe is definitely going to be a staple for me as an alternative to buying store-bought peanut butter. After all, there’s nothing quite like enjoying homemade peanut butter on a piece of homemade bread, topped with homemade strawberry jam — nothing fake or artificial in any of those ingredients!

Bon Appétit!

 

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