You all must know, by now, just how much I like a recipe that is easy to make.
Well let me tell you, it doesn't get a lot easier to make, than your own home-made peanut butter!
The comparable prices aren't that different, to be honest. A 340g pot of Sun-Pat Peanut Butter is, ordinarily (without special offers) £1.78. 400g of Dry Roasted Peanuts cost just £1.60, plus the electricity I used.
However, what IS worthwhile about making your own, firstly is that you know what is in it. In this case, it's the peanuts and 2 teaspoonfuls of vegetable oil. No emulsifiers, no preservatives, no sugar. Secondly, it means that you can make peanut butter from Dry Roasted peanuts, or Wasabi peanuts, or Chilli peanuts - or any flavour of nut or seed that you want! The possibilities are endless.
I've half an eye on making some Peanut & Chocolate Butter when this pot is empty - and I don't think that's going to be very long!
To make the butter, you need the peanuts, a food processor, some oil (obviously peanut oil would be good, but vegetable oil works just as well), a spoon and a jar to put the final product in. Oh, and you also need a little patience!
So, pour the peanuts into the food processor and switch it on. Sit back and watch the peanuts turn into a nutty grit, then sand and then bung up the processor. At this stage, you need to break up the nuts with the spoon, then add a teaspoonful of oil just to grease the wheels. Switch it back on again and off it goes. This time, the peanuts change from sand to dust and onwards to putty as the oils begin to be released.
The next phase is a gradual transformation from putty to a thick clay - at which point you're really really close to it becoming butter. You may have to add another teaspoonful of oil somewhere along the line if the peanuts continue to clog and prevent the processor from spinning - but be sparing as you don't want your end result to be awash with unnecessary oil.
You know when it's done, as the mixture begins to turn glossy and the processor moves freely.
Switch it off and have a taste. At this point you should be beginning to feel really very pleased with yourself. Spread a little onto some bread and take it around the family to taste. Bask in the glory and amazement.
Once the family are done being amazed, decant your peanut butter into a pot and retire to an armchair with a big grin on your face.
It really IS as easy as that. :)