Sunday, January 23, 2011

Gourmet Peanut Butter and Jelly

I became vegan for the New Year so my "best breakfast" has changed a bit.  Without giving up any flavor my husband and I have created a vegan masterpiece of a breakfast.  First off, I made some bread in my new breadmaker using King Arthur's All Purpose Unbleached flour.

Breadmaker Bread
3 3/4 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
3 tbsp Earth Balance Spread Made With Olive Oil
3 tbsp Agave Nectar Light
1 1/2 tsp Salt
1 1/2 tsp Dry Active Yeast
1 cup Water
1/4 cup Organic Soymilk, Original

Pour the wet ingredients first, then the dry, without mixing.  Be sure to make a well in the flour to pour the yeast so that it does not get wet in preparation.  Set the breadmaker to basic, a light color and a 1.5lb loaf.

Then I used Santa Cruz crunchy peanut butter although any crunchy peanut butter should work.  From the farmer's market I got apple pie jelly, this is important I think.  Generously slather peanut butter on one, thin slice of bread and jelly on another thin slice.  Press them together on a George Foreman grill or panini press and let grill for about 8 minutes.  The liquids should penetrate the bread so that it looks like it got soggy.  It is presumably important that one uses these particular ingredients because the best part of this sandwich is the toasted peanuts and the caramelized jelly and apple chunks.  This alone is bliss but in order to break up the rich flavor of this stupendous, protein filled sandwich, we added a cereal to the routine.
So once again the ingredients are seemingly important although I have not tried another way.  Use Barbara's shredded wheat, which comes in small cakes, 2 per serving.  For a whole serving use 2 cakes, broken up, one banana, sliced thinly, and one cup of unsweetened almond milk.  Less almond milk may be used, the goal is to put just enough so that the wheat soaks up all of the milk.  Once all of the ingredients are assembled in the bowl, stir and wait until the wheat is soft.  Maybe cutting the PB&J at this point.
Now making this entire sandwich and full serving of cereal is too much food for one small woman to consume so my husband and I split it before a run or just cut a slice of bread in half and only use one cake, half a banana, and half the milk. 
Be prepared to mmm out loud because this breakfast is for luxurious champions.