Sweetbird Peanut Butter Syrup
Whether its enjoyed in chocolate bars or straight from a jar, peanut butter is one of the planets most popular food spreads. Now with the assistance of Sweetbird Peanut Butter Syrup, this deliciously nutty and salty flavour can be savoured in more drinks than ever before. Forget about lumps in your hot chocolate or cappuccino this syrup delivers a smooth, authentic peanut butter experience. As with other Sweetbird syrups, it is also a great ingredient in baked goods.
Along with being approved by the Vegan Society, Sweetbird syrups also have the advantage of being free from artificial flavours, gluten and GMO.
Native to South America, peanuts have been around for thousands of years. The Ancient Aztecs and Incas are credited with credit a peanut-based product which was something of a precursor to modern peanut butter. Their product was taking roasted peanuts and mashing them up. The result: a peanut paste.
But it wasnt peanut butter. And the world had to wait a long time for such a product to come to fruition. The time came when, towards the end of the 1800s, three men made the steps towards creating the peanut butter we know and love today. Canadas Marcellus Gilmore Edson first started the ball rolling when, in 1884, he patented a peanut paste. This was achieved by milling roasted peanuts, and the end result was a fluid paste. However, it wasnt quite peanut butter, and the product was only used to manufacture peanut-based candy.
A few years later, in 1895, Dr John Harvey Kellogg yes, the inventor of the famous cereal patented his process for turning raw peanuts into peanut butter. This product was marketed as an easy-to-consume protein substitute which was still full of nutritious goodness. Then in 1903, Dr Ambrose Straub invented a machine that made peanut butter.
Although he is, in some circles, incorrectly listed as the inventor of peanut butter, George Washington Carver did bring prominence to the product and peanuts as a whole. Affectionately known as the Peanut Man, Carver discovered more than 300 practical ways to use the peanut. His work led to a large increase in people being aware of peanut butters nutritious qualities. As of today, it is estimated 94% of American households possess a jar of peanut butter.
Peanut Butter (Cream) and Jelly
Regularly found in childrens lunchboxes across North America, peanut butter and jelly is a popular sandwich combination. This recipe takes those classic elements, removes the bread, and presents an easy-to-make dessert. Admittedly the peanut butter is a whipped cream infused with the flavour, while the jelly is, well, actually jelly and not the American term for jam. Whats perfectly clear, however, is the dessert is a delicious and light summertime treat. The whipped cream can be made at home in seconds using a whipped cream dispenser and cream chargers!
What you will need:
- In a saucepan, pour in the granulated sugar and 250ml of water. Place the pan on a low heat and wait for it to dissolve the sugar.
- Zest and juice the lemon into a measuring jug. Do the same process for the orange. Now add extra water to the measuring jug, to the point where the combination of fruit juices and water reaches the 250ml mark. Pour this mixture into the saucepan. Raise the heat until the mixture starts to reach boiling point. Now reduce the heat for the mixture to simmer. Keep the liquid simmering for ten minutes, as this will ensure the flavours fully infuse.
- Using a sieve, pour the liquid into a large bowl. The sieve will help to remove the pips, zest and any other bits found in the liquid mixture. Return the liquid into a clean saucepan, place on a low heat, and pour in the sachet of gelatine. Continue to stir the liquid until the gelatine has fully dissolved. When done leave the liquid for 15 minutes to cool.
- Pour the jelly liquid into a suitable dessert dish or mould. Place in the fridge and leave it for at least three hours to set.
- When the jelly has set, its time to move on to the whipped cream. Add the Sweetbird Peanut Butter Syrup and fresh cream into a whipped cream dispenser. Close the dispensers lid, attach a cream charger, and then give the dispenser a lively shake for a few seconds.
Note: Depending on the amount of whipped cream desired, it may be necessary to use multiple cream chargers/ more whipping cream. Add more syrup as required.
- Bring the jelly out of the fridge. Squirt the peanut butter-flavoured whipped cream on top as a layer of decoration. Alternatively, the jelly can be scooped into separate bowls and served with generous portions of the whipped cream.