Who doesn’t love a good pb&j?
I think we all have had our share of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as kids. Mine were basically white bread with creamy peanut butter and strawberry jam. Simple and fine for kids. As I got older I guess I moved on, far away from that “kiddie” dish. My daughter on the other hand was never a fan of pb&j. I know, weird kid. She was happy with plain peanut butter sandwiches though. Um, boring! Maybe I think it’s boring because I would have wanted the opposite instead!
So over the years, I guess my feelings about pb&j are blah, ho-hum, or flat out dull. So, when the food truck craze took off and a neighborhood truck called The Burnt Truck offered a slew of slider options, including their take on the infamous pb&j, I was intrigued. I actually think it was the bananas that cinched it for me though…
I know what your thinking… Bananas? I thought we were talking about peanut butter and jelly? Oh we are. Let me explain. The Burnt Truck sells about ten different sliders off their trucks on a given day. They cover everything from a cheeseburger to a bahn mi and even a fried mozzarella veggie slider. About half of the options are almost always available, and the other half rotate different ones out. The Burnt Truck’s take on pb&j was always there… sitting at the bottom of the list, staring at me.
One time I had gone anticipating a couple of sliders I wanted to try. Well, they didn’t have them and nothing else sounded exciting. I sucked it up and tried their pb&j as a last resort. Ha ha! (You can laugh at me too!) I was so silly… I think I’ve ordered this slider every time since. It’s amazing! First off, all their sliders are served on sweet Hawaiian rolls. Then they add the “peanut butter” which is actually crunchy peanut butter mixed with pieces of salty pretzel. I dream about this peanut butter, it’s so good. On top of the peanut butter, they put a huge scoop of homemade blueberry jam…. Yep, now you see where I’m going with this…
So the jam is not – at least for me – typical pb&j jam. I never once thought of using blueberry jam, but it works so well. Even better? On top of the jam they put a couple slices of fresh banana. Oh, it is epic! Literally the topping on the cake – or slider. I still hold true it’s the bananas that call me back every time the way they pair with that salty peanut butter and sweet blueberry jam.
Of course, this tiny little slider is the inspiration for this amazing tart. The peanut butter and pretzel crust holds so many blueberries bursting with flavor. The filling itself is simple, so you can really get the fresh plump flavor of those succulent berries. I topped it with slices of banana that I caramelized with a bit of sugar. I served this during a recent girls night dinner and added a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. Later I realized I wished I had took a picture with the ice cream, but I’m leaving that up to you. Go make this tart and put ice cream on top! Like right now!
- 1 cups pretzel crumbs (ground up pretzels)
- 1 heaping tablespoon creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 1/8 cup brown sugar
- 2 cups blueberries, divided
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 3 teaspoons cornstarch
- Sliced bananas, garnish
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. In a bowl, mix together the pretzel crumbs, peanut butter, butter and brown sugar. Press into the bottom and up the sides of tart pan. Par bake just the crust for 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
- In a medium sauce pan, add 1 cup blueberries, sugar, lemon juice, salt and cornstarch over medium high heat. Stir until all the sugar has melted then let simmer, stirring occasionally for about 20 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat and mix in remaining blueberries.
- Raise the temperature of the oven to 400 degrees. Pour blueberry mixture into the tart shell. Bake 20-25 minutes until bubbly. Let cool to room temperature. Garnish with banana slices.