PB&J Tray Bake

With Sop running her half marathon today I needed something easy to bake for work this week, so I went for a Peanut Butter & Jelly tray bake from America’s Test Kitchen’s Family Baking Book.

It starts by creaming 10oz butter and 10oz sugar.

CameraZOOM-20131006073659196Then you add two eggs.

CameraZOOM-20131006074117553Then a cup of crunchy peanut butter goes in.

CameraZOOM-20131006074619873Finally 10oz flour, with a teaspoon of baking powder and salt.

CameraZOOM-20131006075028207Then it’s tin time: 12inch by 9inch tin get foil slinged and oiled.

CameraZOOM-20131006075352614Then you save a cup of the mixture, which you add about 200g of crushed up roasted salted peanuts.

CameraZOOM-20131006075311452Then the rest goes into the tray.

CameraZOOM-20131006075814831This gets baked at 160c fan for 15 minutes.

CameraZOOM-20131006081414480This gets covered with a pot/cup of jam.

CameraZOOM-20131006081943329Then this gets covered with sort of hand-flattened dollops of the remaining mixture.

CameraZOOM-20131006082523922This then gets cooked for 45 mins at 160c fan, then cooled in the tray.

CameraZOOM-20131006091249468Once cooled it comes out of the sling (a bit tricky as the jam at the edges likes to stick to the foil) and cut into squares or bars.


They taste… OK. It’s peanutty, there’s some jam… but to be honest I’ve have preferred a real PB&J sandwich on cheap white bread!

UPDATE: Soph tasted them and said they were great. And lots of people at work said they were really good (and ate too many off them!). So… I’m happy to stand corrected and declare them a total success! :)


One thought on “PB&J Tray Bake

  1. I giggled when I read your description (“to be honest I’ve have preferred a real PB&J sandwich on cheap white bread!”), because that’s pretty much exactly what I thought when I made a similar recipe from the Baked cookbook for their uber-popular pb & j bars. I was reading your post because I saw this recipe in the America’s Test Kitchen Baking Book. I think I’ll move on now – been there, done that! And it’s much easier, and sooooo delicious (pb & j on toast)!


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