I can’t remember when I had my first Blondies but I’m pretty sure that, like most people, I was somewhat of a skeptic. I mean, why would you make a brownie without the most important ingredient?
The doubt did not last long! Although white chocolate is (a) not really chocolate, and (b) unbelievably sweet the flavour you really get from a blondie is a deep, rich caramel with a gloriously comforting toffee twang. Of course they’re still very sweet, so if you don’t have a sweet tooth this is not the baked good for you – even with the addition of sour cranberries and pecan nuts, as I’ve used here.
I’d like to thank a couple of online recipes for suggesting using melted butter at the outset of making these, rather than creaming softened butter and sugar together. The molten butter dissolves the sugar on contact and when they’re beaten together you get a delightfully light near-caramel without much effort – something which helps the mixture stay gooey and rich from mixing bowl to mouth.
These really are delightful, and a hit with everyone I’ve tested them on, but should come with a note that they be eaten moderation to save you from a serious sugar crash afterwards – you have been warned.
- 200 g Butter
- 275 g Soft Light Brown Sugar
- 2 large Free Range Eggs beaten
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 275 g Plain Flour
- 1½ tsp Baking Powder
- 200 g White Chocolate chopped into small chunks
- 50 g Pecan Nuts optional
- 50 g Dried Cranberries optional
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a brownie pan with baking parchment.
Melt the butter in a small pan, then remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly. Pour the melted butter over the sugar in a large mixing bowl, then beat well until combined and lightened in colour.
Add in the beaten eggs and vanilla extract then beat again until light and slightly aerated,
Sift in the flour and baking powder, then fold the mixture together until you have a rich caramel coloured mixture. Fold in the chocolate chunks and, if you're using them, the pecan nuts and cranberries.
Transfer the mixture to the prepared tin and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until just cooked through. Check after 25 minutes with a skewer - you want it to come out without completely raw cake batter on it, but it doesn't need to be clean like a sponge cake as it will continue to cook a little whilst it cools.
Put the tin on a cooling rack but allow the blondie to cool in the tray. Once cooled, remove and cut into bars of your preferred size.