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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Celebrating National Fluffernutter Day!!!

"Spread one piece of bread with Fluff.
Then spread another with peanut butter.
There you have it: a Fluffernutter!"
The Yummy Book of Fluff

Fact is, I'm no stranger to Fluff. It's been "covered" more than once on this blog. Oh, and did I mention, I LOVE Fluffernutters and I'm not ashamed to admit it. Tsk, tsk, wipe those silly grins off your face. I know a few of you are as addicted to fluffernutters as I am. T.W. over @ Culinary Types is for sure. 

"Here's my terrible secret - I am addicted to Fluffernutter sandwiches! The first step is admitting you have a problem. :-)

Hey, T.W. I'm still waiting for that Fluffernutter Pie you were going to whip up:)

Fluffernutter Pie
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1 c. cold water
3 T. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 c. peanut butter
1 c. Marshmallow Fluff
2 c. heavy or whipping cream
1 Chocolate Crumb Crust
Directions: In medium saucepan combine 1/2 cup cold water and gelatin; let stand 1 minute. Cook stirring constantly, until gelatin is completely dissolved. Remove from heat. Stir in sugar, vanilla and remaining water. Beat in peanut butter and Fluff. Chill until mixture mounds when dropped from spoon. Fold in whipped cream. Turn into crust; chill until set. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

There are two important ingredients needed to make a Fluffernutter Sandwich. Peanut Butter and...Marshmallow Fluff. Did you know, the origins of Marshmallow Fluff actually go back to 1917? I discovered that little morsel when I posted about Marshmallow Fluff for Inventors' Day back in February. I also had a day of Marshmallow Fluff back in May.  You see, it was on May 14, 1920 that Durkee and Mower formed a partnership in the manufacturing of Marshmallow Fluff.

Yummy Books
Both these Yummy books are undated. If I had to guess, I'd say they are from the 1930s.

As you can imagine, they are filled with recipes for that gooey, sticky, yummy, Marshmallow Fluff. Rocky Road Pie anyone?

Rocky Road Pie
1 quart chocolate ice cream, softened (I'd love to try this with Fluffernutter Ice Cream)
1/2 c. chopped peanuts
1/4 c. chopped semisweet-chocolate pieces
1/2 c. Marshmallow Fluff
1/4 c. chocolate syrup
1 9-inch prebaked Graham Cracker Crust
Directions: In large bowl mix ice cream with peanuts and chopped chocolate. Spoon Marshmallow Fluff and chocolate syrup into ice cream swirling gently to create a marbling effect. Spoon into prepared shell. Freeze until firm. Makes 8 servings.

Creating a "masterpiece" with Marshmallow Fluff is only limited by your imagination. Just remember, 1 tablespoon of Fluff equals 1 whole marshmallow. For instance, If you click this link, an image of a Lemon Meringue pie will appear before you. It too is made with Fluff. Here are some more Fluffy Sandwich fillings:

Fluff Sandwich Fillings
Cheese & Ginger: Mix 1 package of cream cheese with minced preserved ginger to taste. Add Marshmallow Fluff by the teaspoon until mixture is good for spreading. Spread on Boston Brown Bread or Orange Nut Bread. Enough for 6-8 sandwiches.
Apricot & Nut: Mash 1 cup stewed apricots with a fork. Addd 1/2 cup chopped nuts, 1 heaping tablespoon Marshmallow Fluff. spread on whole wheat bread. Fills 6-8 sandwiches.
Maraschino Fluff: Mix finely chopped Maraschino Cherries with Marshmallow Fluff. Spread on white bread 2 tablespoons chopped cherries and 1/4 cup Fluff. Fills 4 sandwiches.
Fluff & Peanut Butter: Spread one slice of bread with Fluff, another with peanut butter and put together for a sandwich.

Don't have the ingredients to make a Fluffernutter in your part of the world? Here's a recipe for Marshmallow Creme/Fluff from What's Cooking America. Enjoy:) Did you miss the annual What the Fluff? festival held each year honoring Archibald Query the inventor of Fluff? I did too. It sure looks like fun!!! Have a Fluffernutter Day everyone!!!

Upcoming Food Days:
9-World Egg Day 2009 will be celebrated on 9th October.
10-National Angel Food Cake Day celebrate with Heavenly Recipes.
10-Chicken Church Day (has recipes)
10-Sugar Awareness Day

Resources
1. Fluff-Filled Chocolate Madeleines @ Serious Eats 
2. Peanut Butter-Banana Cupcakes with Marshmallow Cream Cheese Frosting @ the Sugar Plum blog
3. Fluffernutter Bars
4. Who invented Marshmallow Fluff? (previous post)
5. A Day of Marshmallow Fluff! (previous post. includes a Penuchi Recipe)