The Baker Who’s Captivated TikTok With His Depression-Era Recipes

The Baker Who's Captivated TikTok With His Depression-Era Recipes

B. Dylan Hollis has made countless recipes during his time on the social media platform, with varying results for the retro dishes created in “Dylan’s Kitchen,” as the sign above his red open shelving proclaims. However, there was one that particularly captivated audiences and holds the distinction of being his most popular recipe, according to Eater — a very simple peanut butter bread recipe circa 1932. The video in which he made the bread racked up 5.3 million likes, over 295,000 shares, and more than 26,000 comments from TikTok viewers who couldn’t get enough of the unusual take on a staple ingredient.

Hollis whips up the recipe on camera, noting the reasoning behind some substitutions — for example, since sugar was scarce during the Depression, but there were some shelf-stable ingredients like peanut butter available, the recipe is largely sweetened by the peanut butter rather than sugar. When popping the dough in the oven, he expressed some skepticism about how it would turn out, but after taking a bite, he was shocked and even a bit emotional at just how delicious the final product was.

As the comments section proved, many fans rushed to their own kitchens to make the recipe themselves. One fan who did just that wrote that the peanut butter bread’s taste was “chef’s kiss,” while another added that her kids loved it. Many others adored the recipe, just as Hollis did, singing its praises (and Hollis’s praises) in the comments section.