British Peanut Butter & Jelly Tiffin

This recipe comes from one of my favorite contestants of The Great British Bake Off, Nadiya Hussain. Her take on this British treat is influenced by the American peanut butter & jelly sandwich. The mixture of chocolate and festive candies makes it a perfect treat for Valentine's Day.

Peanut butter & jelly tiffin

What is tiffin?

In the UK, tiffin is a layered bar sweet that doesn't require baking. I've seen tiffin referenced as a no-bake traybake or fridge cake and the recipes will differ from family to family. The closest American equivalent I found is rocky road - a confection of nuts and marshmallows suspended in chocolate. While similar, tiffin contains crushed biscuits (cookies), fruit, and nuts enrobed in chocolate.

You can also find tiffin massed-produced by companies like Cadbury's.

The combination of chocolate and dried fruit is very European. In the States it is more common to mix chocolate with nuts. My recommendation is don't knock it until you try it. The addition of a tart dried fruit is a nice complement to the chocolate.

Modifications and adjustments

One of the nice things about tiffin is you can switch out most ingredients to items you have on hand or prefer. Swap out milk chocolate for dark. Use raisins or dried cherries instead of dried cranberries. Use strawberry jam instead of grape jelly. I've also used my papaya-ginger jam. Decorate with whatever you have on hand - make seasonal tiffin using Easter or Halloween candies.

Tiffin in heart-shaped box

The original recipe calls for digestive biscuits which are not readily available in the U.S. except in specialty shops or larger grocery stores with international aisles. And if you find them they could be pricey. Good substitutions are graham crackers or shortbread cookies (like Lorna Doones).

The point is to have fun and make something you love!

Peanut butter & jelly tiffin