When you think about peanut butter desserts, the first things that come to mind are probably peanut butter cookies. They’re almost as ubiquitous as chocolate chip cookies and, while they are delicious, they’re only the top of the iceberg when it comes to all the delicious desserts that you can make with peanut butter. In Peanut Butter Comfort, you’ll find dozens of recipes that put peanut butter through its paces.
While the book does start out with an introduction of ingredients and techniques used in the book, the book’s recipes are firmly planted in the comfort food realm and that means that the ingredients and techniques used are likely to already be very familiar to the home baker. That said, it’s always nice to know what tools a cookbook author recommends having in your kitchen, since you never know when they’ll suggest something that will make your life a little easier. The recipes include everything from breakfast breads and bar cookies to frozen desserts and salty-sweet snacks, giving you a clear idea of all the possibilities there are for peanut butter. In some recipes, peanut butter is the star of the show, while in others it adds a hint of salty goodness to a chocolate recipe or some creaminess to a frosting and is a little more subtle.
In most peanut butter recipes, store-bought peanut butter is recommended because it has the most consistent flavor and texture to work with. Homemade peanut butter can be used in baking, but it is often even more delicious when spread on hot toast or simply eaten with a spoon. Towards the end of the book, you’ll get a crash course in making your own peanut butter, which is something that every peanut butter lover should try at least once. The photos in the book are big and well-done, so all of the recipes seem even more tempting. If you can’t decide where to start, you might want to flip to the back of the book where you’ll find 5 recipes that can be made in under 5 minutes that are perfect for getting started and getting a quick peanut butter fix.