Amish Church Spread


This is more like a peanut butter topping for ice cream. It goes well on toast, too, though. Heck, peanut butter goes great on anything in my opinion. I also made a batch where I added caramel ice cream topping and mixed it together. Of course, that was certainly used for ice cream sundaes. This is exactly like a spread that is served at an Amish restaurant in Southern Indiana. Thanks for the recipe.

If there’s one thing missing in your life, it’s most likely Amish church spread. Congratulations to those of you in the know, who either remember having church spread growing up or still make it currently, but for everyone else, let us introduce you to this magical spread. At its core, church spread is a beautiful, silky combination of peanut butter and marshmallow creme.

You whisk them together on the stovetop, along with brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, and vanilla or maple extract, and you’re left with a dip or spread that’s completely addictive and amazing, to be slathered on toast or biscuits or muffins.

I live in Ohio and visit Amish country often. This stuff is sold at just about every authentic Amish restaurant and many roadside markets etc. You put it on bread folks — just like you would peanut butter or butter. They serve it with white and wheat dinner rolls before your meal comes. It’s a sweet spread you put on a roll, bagel, English muffin, whatever — instead of jam.

If you grew up with peanut butter fluff sandwiches, you’ll have an idea of what this spread tastes like, but we really can’t impress upon you enough how much better it is than plain old peanut butter and marshmallow fluff.

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There’s a slightly caramelized flavor going on (stemming from the butter sugar mixture we melted in the beginning), then the peanut butter and fluff go in, adding more flavor and thickness, all topped off with vanilla and maple extracts. Don’t skimp here, the extracts are what add the depth of flavor and truly round out this spread.

This is really good. My Mom has made it for years. We use it as a “dip” and serve it with Granny Smith apple slices and pretzel rods. It stays perfectly soft and creamy and is great for large gatherings!

If you can’t find maple extract at your grocery store, double up on the vanilla, but if you can…adding it turns this spread into something reminiscent of a full waffle or pancake breakfast. Making this, in turn, makes your house smell amazing, and knowing that you can easily spread it onto your morning toast (or make a delectable after-dinner snack) is especially delightful. You need this church spread in your life, so get cracking – you’ll be glad you did!

INGREDIENTS

3/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup marshmallow creme

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