Everyone should be able to make the perfect peanut butter and jam sandwich. Most people don't think about it and just slap a sandwich together. And while that might work out if you are just stumbling in at 2:00 AM, there is an art form to it when you want to actually enjoy your sandwich.
- The bread must be fresh. Squishy, rips when you try to spread on it, fresh. Did you buy that loaf of bread yesterday? It's probably too stale now to make a premium PB & J sandwich.
- The bread must be white, store bought bread. Anything else is too heavy or too dense and you just end up with a chewy mess.
- The peanut butter must be smooth. Crunchy things have no place in a good PB & J sandwich.
- The jam must be of good quality. Homemade if you can get your hands on it, otherwise find something with a high fruit concentration.
Now that you have the key ingredients, construction is the next step.
- The peanut butter must be spread to every edge of the bread. Leave no spot uncovered.
- The peanut butter to jam ratio must be maintained evenly across the sandwich. A 2:1 ratio works best.
- Never spread anything on the top piece of bread. This can throw the 2:1 ratio off and also allows for the bread to slide around and not maintain it's proper position when cutting the sandwich.
I prefer my PB & J sandwiches left whole, but if it must be cut, diagonal cuts that create 4 triangles are traditional.
Enjoy with a tall glass of cold milk!