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PBJ Bars (Fresh Concord Grape with Peanutty Crust)

October 21, 2020
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The grape harvest had happened, truckloads of deeply fragrant Concord grapes already on their way to become juice and jam. But my friend Vera said, “There are loads of grapes still left on the vines!” With permission from the vineyard’s owners, off we went to glean the field, baskets and clippers in hand. Within an hour, our feet wet from the long grasses, backs warmed in the late afternoon sun, fingers and lips stained from the grapes we’d eaten on the spot, we had gathered all we could carry.

And oh, such beauty (!)  I love everything about these grapes: The way the yeast powders their glossy dark skins, the pungent way they smell, the way their slippery innards pop when you bite ’em. And the way they taste. Wild, sweet, sour and earthy all at once. I’d made tarts with Concord grapes before , but for this batch, I thought it would be fun put them with peanuts, for a  fresh take on my kids’ longtime favorite: Peanut butter and grape jelly.

So, here then, is that!  Gooey jammy in the middle, with a peanutty crust and crumble topper, these are made with organic peanut powder in the mix. Truly  PBJ heaven. Hope you enjoy.

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