Traditional Peanut Butter and Jelly

"Nothing fancy, just a classic. Either smooth or crunch peanut butter is acceptable. Classically, the jelly is either strawberry or grape."
 
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Ready In:
2mins
Ingredients:
3
Serves:
1
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ingredients

  • 2 slices sandwich bread
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons grape jelly or 2 teaspoons strawberry jam
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directions

  • Spread the peanut butter on one piece of bread.
  • Spread the jelly on the other side.
  • Put the two pieces of bread together to form a sandwich.
  • Toddler adaptation: cut off crusts before serving.

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Reviews

  1. ROV Chef
    I found this recipe adequate. I made a few changes. I went with an organic white whole wheat bread. I used Nutella instead of peanut butter and I substituted the pedestrian grape jelly with wild elderberry preserves. But even with the changes I made, it's still the same recipe. I served it with a Château Pétrus and some imported hard cheese. My children absolutely enjoyed the lunch before nap time.
     
  2. Joseph A.
    We know how to make pb and j
     
  3. ben.scullino
    This is an amazing recipe. I never thought to put these two ingredients together. Very original!!! It was a bit complex to follow. It is rather difficult to measure peanut butter in a table spoon without getting it all over your fingers. However, once you get the hang of it, it is amazing. I would have preferred to use a knife, but it did not say to do this, so I used my hand. My hand is very sticky now, but this creation is worth it. I would send my kid to school with this sandwich, but I don't want people to think he is weird as this sandwich is very creative. Too creative even for the ordinary mind. The children at my child's school have probably never seen this before, and I don't want to explode their simple minds. The flavor is immaculate. My taste buds are popping as I write this, and its quite honestly starting to worry me. Aside from this fact, the complexities from these two spreads compliment each other in beautiful ways. The complex flavor profile is overtaking. The bread was a little spicy from the peanut butter, but my buds have matured enough to appreciate this. The smooth taste of the strawberry jam calms the spice of the peanut butter anyhow, and I will now declare this incredibly complicated treat a delicacy in all known countries. I've seem to have eaten all of the jam in the house, so I have ordered more over the internet. I will be now eating nothing but this, as something this tasty certainly cant be bad for you. This recipe is 5 stars for obvious reasons.
     
  4. RJ S.
    I have followed this recipe to a tee, but I always end up with either peanutbutter or jelly on the outside. I would not recommend anyone trying this recipie.
     
  5. mizhort
    Ok so I saw this "recipe" and thought "you've got to be kidding!". Do people really need a recipe for a pb& j sandwich? Yes this is a classic and yes it is 5 stars, though I honestly can't credit gourmetmomma for this, no offense intended, I mean this pb&j combo has to have been around since Adam and Eve, right? With regard to the recipe, I do have a couple of things to say. My own family's preference is for strawberry spread instead of grape jelly. Also, with regard to on reviewer's tip to put the peanut butter on both sides of the bread to keep it from becoming soggy, in theory that sounds great except for the fact that the jelly tends to just slide out from between the peanut butter layers. I recommend just putting a thinner layer of jelly or spread directly on the bread. You'll still get the sweet, just not as much and the bread doesn't get soggy. With regard to school lunches, I also recommend making a month's worth of these sandwiches and freezing them in individual baggies for quick lunch prep. By the time lunch comes around, the sandwich is thawed and just right.
     
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  1. ROV Chef
    I found this recipe adequate. I made a few changes. I went with an organic white whole wheat bread. I used Nutella instead of peanut butter and I substituted the pedestrian grape jelly with wild elderberry preserves. But even with the changes I made, it's still the same recipe. I served it with a Chteau Ptrus and some imported hard cheese. My children absolutely enjoyed the lunch before nap time.
     
  2. mizhort
    Ok so I saw this "recipe" and thought "you've got to be kidding!". Do people really need a recipe for a pb& j sandwich? Yes this is a classic and yes it is 5 stars, though I honestly can't credit gourmetmomma for this, no offense intended, I mean this pb&j combo has to have been around since Adam and Eve, right? With regard to the recipe, I do have a couple of things to say. My own family's preference is for strawberry spread instead of grape jelly. Also, with regard to on reviewer's tip to put the peanut butter on both sides of the bread to keep it from becoming soggy, in theory that sounds great except for the fact that the jelly tends to just slide out from between the peanut butter layers. I recommend just putting a thinner layer of jelly or spread directly on the bread. You'll still get the sweet, just not as much and the bread doesn't get soggy. With regard to school lunches, I also recommend making a month's worth of these sandwiches and freezing them in individual baggies for quick lunch prep. By the time lunch comes around, the sandwich is thawed and just right.
     
  3. daniannapants
    I love PB&J, and I think that it's nice to have something so simple up. Not everyone is blessed enough to have eaten these as a child, so why not expose the world? I personally like PB & honey sandwiches- just replace the jelly with a teaspoon or two of honey, and you're set.
     

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