Chocolate blondes 

Ingredients

  • 225 g / 8 oz butter/margarine
  • 200 g / 7 oz white chocolate, chopped into small chunks
  • 3 large eggs
  • 200 g / 7 oz soft light brown sugar
  • 100 g / 3.5 oz caster sugar
  • 175 g / 6 oz plain flour
  • 0.5 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Method (makes 16 – 20 blondies)

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C/ 160 degrees C fan / 350 degrees F / Gas Mark 4.

Line your brownie pan or baking tray with baking paper. My tin measures 18 x 32 x 2.5 cm.

Melt the butter and 100 g of the white chocolate together in a bowl. You can do this over a pan of hot water or you can cheat, like me, and use the microwave to give the mixture short zaps then stir in between zaps. Leave this mixture to cool for 15 minutes.

Combine the flour and baking powder in another bowl.

Use an electric mixer to beat the eggs together with the sugar until the mixture is thick and foamy. This takes a few minutes. You’ll know you’re there when the mixture dripping from the beaters leaves a trail on the surface which takes 2 seconds to disappear.

Add the vanilla to the melted butter and chocolate and give it a good stir, add all this to the egg mixture. Use a spatula to gently fold all the ingredients together until most of the buttery streaks have been folded in (see pic below to see what I mean by buttery streaks!)

Tip the flour mixture into the bowl and continue to use the spatula to fold in again. Add the 100g remaining chocolate chunks. Pour the mixture into your tin.

As I said earlier, the original instructions say to bake for 3o-35 minutes. However, after 35 minutes, while the top of my white chocolate blondies was dry, the middle was still rather raw. So I turned the oven down to 120 degrees C and left them in for another 10 minutes. Then I turned the oven off and left them in for another 10.

I then took them out of the oven and left them to cool completely in the tin before turning out and cutting into slices. As I said before, the appearance of the middle of the white chocolate blondies is rather “raw”, but as this is how brownies are supposed to turn out, I guess this is right. Besides, they taste great!

I drizzled a bit of melted white and dark chocolate over the blondies for a final bit of decoration. Not the best looking bake I’ve ever made, but a sweet gooey treat nonetheless!🙂

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