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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Classic blondies (with white chocolate chunks) (American)

As much as everyone is familiar with brownies and loved them, they should also be familiar with their non-cocoa counterpart, the blondies. They are basically chewy cake squares, a bit sweeter than the brownies but made in a similar fashion, and dubbed "blonde" for the obvious reason of coloring. They can contain various nuts or chips in the batter, but for starters I decided to share with you the classic version of blondies before we move on to variations. :)
Recipe source: Saveur.

Last year: King Bao Ji Ding (Kung Pao Chicken) (Chinese).
Two years ago: Spaghetti nests with dill cream and caviar.
Three years ago: Baby making and no cooking :).

Ingredients (for a 9 X 13 inch tin, or 20 X 30 cm tin):

  • 170 g butter
  • 250 g all-purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 250 g light brown sugar
  • 100 g white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 200 g white chocolate, roughly chopped

Heat oven to 350° F / 180° C. Grease and flour the baking pan; set aside. 
Get the white chocolate and chop it if you haven't already. I find this criss-cross technique particularly efficient:

Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. Whisk together sugars, vanilla, and eggs together in a bowl until smooth. Add butter, and stir until smooth. Add flour mixture, and stir until just combined. Stir in white chocolate:

Spread batter in prepared pan. 

Bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with a few crumbs attached, about 20 minutes. Allow to cool in the pan, then take out and cut into squares.

It's done, dig in! :)

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