Amish Peanut Butter Spread
If you've ever been to an Amish church you will know exactly what I'm talking about when I mention creamy Amish peanut butter spread. Because it always gets served with the meal afterward.
(*Note: Every Amish church that I've visited, and I've visited many, served peanut butter spread. But I have heard that there are some Amish churches that serve bean soup instead of the traditional Amish church meal.)
Amish Church Spread
The Amish only have church every other Sunday, and it is held in someone's home or barn.
It takes a lot of work to get ready for church at your place. Everything gets cleaned up to perfection. The main floor of the house gets cleaned out, and rooms are opened up so the benches can be moved in.
Each church has a closed wagon full of benches and chairs that get pulled to the next family's home when it's their turn.
And we had approximately 25 families in our district, so our turn would come around about once a year.
Whenever an Amish church gets too big to fit in the homes, they have to split and start another one. So, if you have a lot of Amish in your neighborhood, you never have very far to go for church.
Most of the Singing and Preaching are in German
So the benches get set up for the men in one section and ladies in another, placing the preacher where everyone can hopefully see him.
First, they sing two German songs. Every Church Sunday we sang the Loblied. (click here to listen) It's supposedly a hymn of praise, sung very slow and drawn out. I never really knew what I was singing though, and got immensely bored with it. (I still hate it.)
Tradition says that singing in a slow manner (schlow vies) originated with the Anabaptist forefathers who were put in prison for their faith. They would sing hymns, and the guards started dancing to their singing. So they started singing slowly to stop the dancing. And now it has become an Amish tradition that they still practice today.
Church goes from eight or nine to twelve o'clock (depending on your district). It takes a while to get through the slow songs, then two preachers take a turn to preach, and one reads the Scriptures for that day. And all that time we'd sit on hard, backless benches, as still and quiet as a mouse.
The Old Order Amish preachers preach in a very sing-song voice, which is quite conducive to falling asleep. But thankfully our New Order ministers didn't preach like that, although there were still always plenty of people dozing off.
Peanut butter spread for Amish Church Dinner
After church, tables were set up, and everyone had a turn to eat. And we always had pretty much the same kind of meal. I wrote about this in my Amish Gingersnap Cookie Recipe post, so I won't go into great detail again.
But Amish peanut butter marshmallow spread was served every time, along with bread and buns.
We often just ate enough to curb our hunger, because it was nothing great to us. However, visitors usually seemed to enjoy the food. And I think sometimes they were almost embarrassed to eat a lot because we barely ate.
Not everyone used the same recipe for Amish peanut butter spread, but it was always similar. And we didn't like when it was too runny because we wanted to pile it on thick.
Amish Communion Services
Twice a year we had communion services that lasted all day.
Two weeks before this service we had Ordnung church. In this service, the preachers would reinstate the rules of the church, and everyone had to take a turn saying that they agree to these standards.
What do you do when you don't agree? I guess I sort of lied, but I did try to keep the standards most of the time.
You had to agree to keep the standards to be able to partake in communion. And if you had broken rules and got in trouble, you had to confess before the whole church and commit to doing better.
Sadly, we always dreaded communion time, especially as young people, because we hated sitting in church all day long. We had a regular church service in the morning, then we'd pause for a lunch break (we packed our lunch to take along).
After lunch, there was more preaching on the crucifixion of Jesus. Then the preachers would pass out a small piece of bread to everyone, followed by a cup of grape juice that we all took a sip from (they had to keep refilling the cup, and yes, it is gross).
And to finish the day, we all took turns washing each other's feet. Men with men, women with women, and so forth.
A lot of emphasis is put on being in unity and agreement. Dressing the same, looking the same, doing everything the same. And agreeing on all Biblical principles.
How to make Amish peanut butter...
Mix sugars, molasses, and water. Bring to a boil, and continue to boil over medium heat for about two minutes.
I used two kinds of molasses because some kinds of molasses have a stronger taste and I wanted some of that flavor, but not too strong. You can use molasses, corn syrup, or whatever you have on hand.
Cool completely, then add peanut butter and marshmallow. Stir till well mixed.
Does Amish Peanut Butter Need to be Refrigerated?
To ensure that your peanut butter lasts longer, it's important to store it properly.
And although it doesn't need to be refrigerated, cold temperatures will keep it good longer. So if you're making a big batch and want to have it around for a while, I would recommend storing it in the refrigerator.
Peanut Butter Spread will last for several months if refrigerated.
But if you prefer not to refrigerate your peanut butter, aim to keep it in a cool, dark place.
And allowing your spread to sit out in the air will cause it to harden and eventually spoil. So you do need to keep it stored in an air-tight container.
What to Eat with Peanut Butter Spread
We ate peanut butter spread on bread or buns.
And if you are needing a recipe for amazing Amish dinner rolls to eat with your Amish peanut butter (click here). This recipe is from my sister-in-law @aranchmom, and they are the best!
You can use this Amish spread for PB&J sandwiches, and since it's already sweetened and creamy, you don't need any jelly.
This creamy peanut butter is also yummy with apples, bananas, celery sticks, etc.
This post has been edited to add another Recipe for Amish Peanut Butter...
I know that the Amish do not all use the same peanut butter spread recipe, even though they are similar.
The one I just shared has molasses in it, and I happen to like that flavor. And I like the consistency of that recipe as well.
So, I am a bit partial to the recipe with molasses. And I believe that is what we mostly had in our Amish church.
However, I have been told by several people that they like the recipe with just peanut butter, marshmallow, and Karo. And I will admit that this recipe is faster and easier to make.
So, I decided to edit this post and give you another recipe for peanut butter spread.
This one simply has three ingredients: 1 cup peanut butter, a scant 1 cup of marshmallow cream, and about 1 1/4 cup of Karo syrup.
Just mix all three ingredients together until it is smooth and creamy. You may want to start with 1 cup of Karo, and then add more until it is the consistency that you like it.
This peanut butter marshmallow spread is also very delicious. You could try both of my recipes and let me know, in the comments below, which one you like better.
More info on the Amish
Today I am also adding a link to a youtube channel that I found with a lot of information about the Amish. It is pretty accurate. Obviously, it's not exactly the same for all of the Amish, but most of it is very typical. Click here to watch
More Amish Recipes to try...
Amish Church Creamy Peanut Butter Spread
- 2 c. brown sugar
- 1 1/2 c. white sugar
- 2/3 c. molasses
- 2 c. water
- 2 1/2 lb. peanut butter
- 1 1/2 c. marshmallow cream
- Mix water, sugars, and molasses in saucepan. Bring to boil.2 c. brown sugar, 1 1/2 c. white sugar, 2/3 c. molasses, 2 c. water
- Boil on medium heat for about 2 minutes.
- Cool completely.
- Add peanut butter and marshmallow cream and mix well, until smooth and creamy.2 1/2 lb. peanut butter, 1 1/2 c. marshmallow cream
- Serve on bread or buns. Or anything else you like peanut butter with.