My kids grew up on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pretty much every day of their lives between the ages of two and twelve, and maybe longer. Their father before them ate peanut butter and brown sugar sandwiches. And not just a little brown sugar sprinkled on top of the peanut butter. Oh no. It was sort of stacked up like a slab. I’m pretty sure this recipe came from his Canadian mother’s side of the family.
Now I was a skeptic at first, at least until I tried it. And I confess it is very tasty. But I never indulged in it. Just didn’t seem right. And now it’s been years since my husband has had one himself. But I am a fan of a little peanut butter and jam on toast in the morning, and many of my grandchildren are following faithfully in the tradition.
I don’t know if you have seen it, but in the freezer section of the grocery store you can find frozen PBJ’s. I kid you not. But if you are headed off somewhere, I supposed a bag of frozen PBJ’s could come in handy. But surely the homemade kind can be frozen as well. And surely they are much better than the mass-produced variety.
My daughter’s family is visiting Holland and staying with a very hospitable Dutch family. They have been serving the children peanut butter toast in the morning with chocolate sprinkles on top! A few years ago some Dutch friends of ours gave us some of these Dutch sprinkles, and I can testify that they were nothing like I had tasted before. Not a thing like those little artificially flavored and colored chocolate sprinkles that you can find in the supermarket here. They are rich delicious chocolate. The real deal. So my grandchildren have been having a grand ol’ time hitting the sprinkles for breakfast. Tomorrow they are going to a real Dutch farm, windmill and everything, and gathering up the ingredients for pancakes: fresh farm eggs and milk, and freshly ground flour from the mill.
But I digress. This was in praise of the inventor of peanut butter, who never dreamed we would find so many condiments to embellish it. My dad liked peanut butter with some mayo spread over it and a slice of American cheese on top. But he has always been the daring type. Can you top that?