The Best of Peanut Butter and Jelly

By Darryl Payne, Jr. – December 1, 2016
Photography by Weston Carls

Is anyone ever not in the mood for a PB&J? It’s a quick and easy meal that requires no effort at all! The recipe is simple: slap some peanut butter on a slice of bread and jelly on another, then put them together. But, you already knew that. What if you turned that $2 sandwich into a $12 dessert? It’s much easier than you think. 


How to Make It

Scoop up 2 tablespoons of creamy peanut butter with a silicone spatula and spread it across a long plate in one stroke. Take a ½”  thick slice of pound cake and punch a 3” circle in the center. Place your cake round on the right third of the plate then a 2 ounce or ¼ cup scoop of strawberry ice cream on top of that. Garnish with a ½ teaspoon of peanut brittle, a sprig of basil, and 2–3 basil flowers in front of the ice cream and one strawberry sliced thinly and fanned behind it. Finish off the plate by crushing one tablespoon of freeze-dried strawberries into dust and crumbles, dicing one blackberry finely, and 6–8 tiny basil leaves, then scattering them randomly among the remaining two-thirds of the plate.

 
 

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