Making your own peanut butter is easy and it gives you the opportunity to experiment. This peanut butter combines a smooth base with some honey coated crunchy bits. Giving this peanut butter that salty sweet moorishness of salted caramel. All you need is some peanuts, honey, sugar, salt and a food processor.
- 450 gr dry roasted unsalted peanuts
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1 teaspoon sugar
To make the crunchy pieces; take two handfuls of peanuts and put them in a hot dry pan. Roast them for a couple of minutes before adding a teaspoon of honey and a good pinch of salt. Shake the pan so every peanut is coated. To give them an extra crunchy caramel layer you can add a spoonful of sugar. Once the sugar has caramelized you can remove the peanuts from the pan and let them cool off.
Try not to eat all these, even though that is quite a challenge.
Transfer the caramelized peanuts to the food processor and give them a couple of pulses so they break up a little. Remove from the processor and set aside.
Now add all the other peanuts into the processor and press start. At first the peanuts will look like a powder but they will quickly form a ball and later a paste. Once it is smooth you can add some pinches of salt and a teaspoon of honey. Blend it some more and taste to see whether it could use more salt or honey, it probably will. Once you are happy remove the peanut butter from the machine.
Now add your lovely crunchy bits to the smooth peanut butter and mix them together. Transfer to one of those empty peanut butter jars you probably have laying around somewhere.
There are no emulsifiers in this peanut butter so it is entirely possible a layer of oil may form on top. This is no big deal just stir it back in when you want to use it.