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Amish Peanut Butter

An Amishman in Indiana once explained (with a distinct air of gravity) that one thing which people who leave the Amish church always miss is the Sunday peanut spread. ~ Erik Wesner, Amish America

My husband and I took a Sunday drive this afternoon, to southern Vermont and the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts and now I’m too tired to write about the bike ride I had planned on doing. Instead, I was visiting other people’s blogs. I read Erik Wesner’s blog posting, “Amish Peanut Butter — Resistance is futile” and I couldn’t resist writing a response. I decided to post it here as well.

Yes, there are variations to the Amish peanut butter. In my home community, we used to mix peanut butter with maple syrup and marshmallow creme. The mix of things that went on bread on Sundays after church was different from what you described. I’ll give you the recipe for what we used to eat after church:

Take a slice of white bread
Spread it with the sweet peanut butter
Lay on a slice of bologna
Lay on a slice of cheese
Fork on a few slices of pickles (your choice — sweet or dill)
Fold the bread to make a half sandwich

Now you eat it.

You’re right, Erik, after sitting in a three-hour church service, one is ready to chew on an old leather shoe, as my mother used to say. The above sandwiches were somewhat better than that. I finally got smart and had a sandwich with butter, not the sweet peanut butter, and then I’d have another slice of bread with the sweet peanut butter spread. Now at least the tastes were separate.

That Amish man is way off the mark. I don’t think I’ve had Amish peanut butter since I left the Amish thirty years ago… it reminds me too much of those sandwiches, which is now enough to make me gag. And besides, if I really wanted to, I could mix myself some Amish peanut butter… There are other things I miss about Amish life, but that is not one of them.


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