I haven’t been baking as much as I used to. Maybe it is the warmer weather?
Last week I was looking for an easy recipe that wouldn’t take long and that definitely included chocolate. I had bookmarked a Blondie recipe from Smitten Kitchen ages ago, so I decided to try it. I think Deb at Smitten Kitchen has some of the best recipes of any food blogger out there. She adapted this Blondie recipe from How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman (food columnist for the NY Times). I’m already planning for How to Cook Everything to be my next cook book purchase.
To me, Blondies are like chocolate chip cookies but better. They are more dense, moist and chewy than a cookie. And I love that this recipe for Blondies gave suggestions for other additions at the bottom. Here is how my Blondies went:
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, softened
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup (4 3/8 ounces or 125 grams) all-purpose flour
2/3 cup toasted sliced almonds
2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 Tbsp espresso powder
- Butter an 8×8 pan
- Mix softened butter with brown sugar – beat until smooth. Beat in egg and then vanilla (and espresso powder).
- Add salt, stir in flour. Mix in any additions.
- Pour into prepared pan. Bake at 350°F 18-22 minutes, or until set in the middle.
|Espresso powder, egg, vanilla|
|Dough, chips, almonds|
These were so chewy and dense! They got two thumbs waaaay up. Especially from Jerry, and the people at my office.
I think that toasting the almonds is a necessary step. The crunch really provides a contrast in texture. And next time I would use two tablespoons of espresso powder. I will definitely be trying this with other additions.
What is your favorite baked good?