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Deep-Fried Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches will now be guaranteed to silence your annoying child. This version not only calls for deep-frying the American staple, but also takes it to a whole different realm of deliciousness with the addition of banana chips for crunch and white chocolate sauce for dipping. Although this would be insane trade bait in the lunchroom, it’s best to eat these deep-fried wonders right out of the fryer.–Max Sussman & Eli Sussman

LC Deep-Fried Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches Confession Note

We gotta confess—we struggled with the notion of gilding this childhood classic of a lily with ganache. We mean, what happened to purity of purpose? To simple pleasures? To us, the deep-fried rendition of a childhood peanut butter and jelly sandwich is damn good straight up. Cuz sometimes when it’s midnight and you need one of these, you need to cut corners. Just sayin’. [Editor's Note: You can easily scale down the recipe to make just one sandwich.] But if you feel the need to embellish, well, we admit, we hear it’s damn good with a shmear of the sweet stuff.

Special Equipment: Deep-fry or candy thermometer

Deep-Fried Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches Recipe

  • Quick Glance
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  • Makes 4 sandwiches

Ingredients

  • For the white chocolate ganache (optional)
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • For the deep-fried peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
  • Peanut oil, for deep-frying
  • About 1/2 loaf best-quality bread, perhaps a heavy sourdough nut or fruit bread such as raisin-walnut bread
  • About 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • About 1/2 cup strawberry jam (or any flavor)
  • About 2 1/4 cups banana chips (optional)
  • 1 cup (5 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • Make the white chocolate ganache (optional)
  • 1. Place the white chocolate in a heatproof bowl and nest the bowl in a saucepan over but not touching simmering water. (Alternatively, put the chocolate in the top pan of a double boiler and place over the lower pan filled with simmering water.) Heat the chocolate until melted, occasionally stirring gently with a spatula to help the melting along. (Be careful not to let so much as a single drop of water get in the chocolate or it may seize.)
  • 2. When the chocolate has fully melted, reduce the heat to low. Switch to a whisk and slowly add the cream, whisking constantly until fully incorporated. Remove the pan from the heat and scrape the ganache into a heatproof bowl. Cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.
  • Make the deep-fried peanut butter and jelly
  • 3. Pour enough oil in a deep pot or deep-fryer to measure about 3 inches. Heat the oil to 325°F (165°C).
  • 4. Cut the bread into 8 slices, each about 1/4 inch thick. Go ahead and make 4 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. (If you are a human, you should know how to do this.) But for this fried version, be sure you don’t overload them with too much PB or J. Before closing each sandwich, add a layer of banana chips if you dare.
  • 5. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add 1/2 cup milk and vanilla and whisk until a smooth batter forms. If necessary, add more milk to create a dippable consistency.
  • 6. When the oil is hot, make sure all the sandwiches are tightly closed. Then, working with 1 sandwich at a time, dip it into the batter and turn it gently to thoroughly coat it. Lift it from the batter and let the excess batter drip back into the bowl. Using tongs to hold the sandwich tightly on 1 end, submerge the sandwich halfway into the hot oil and fry for 15 seconds, then release the sandwich into the oil. It should now float. Fry the sandwich, turning once, until golden brown on both sides, 2 to 2 1/2 minutes per side. [Editor's Note: If the sandwich isn't turning golden brown in the suggested time, increase the temperature of the oil to 350°F (177°C).] Using the tongs, transfer the deep-fried PB&J to paper towels or a brown paper bag to drain. Repeat with the remaining sandwiches.
  • 7. Serve the warm sandwiches with the white chocolate ganache, if using, on the side for dipping.
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