Happy Ramadhan to all Muslim readers! =)
I had it in mind to try out what blondies taste like, when my cousins said that they had made some but, alas! I was not in time to try theirs out. Very popular, it seems. So I decided to try and make my own. =) It also helped that a friend also wanted me to try out a blondies recipe, so that will work out just fine. As for the recipe, I find that Smitten Kitchen is always a good place to find some new delectable treats, and sure enough, I found a recipe for basic blondies. Here we go!
What you need:
8 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
A pinch of salt
1 cup plain flour
1/2 cup chocolate chips (modify as you like - the original recipe had a list of additions you can add to the basic recipe.)
What you do:
- Grease a 8x8 baking pan.
- Mix melted butter with brown sugar and beat until smooth. Beat in the egg, then the vanilla.
- Add the salt and stir in the flour. Add in the chocolate chips.
- Pour into the prepared pan. Bake at 190C for 20-25 minutes, or until set in the middle. Underbake slightly for a gooey-er texture. Allow to cool before cutting into squares.
Hmmm, as you can see, the thickness of my blondies are not quite the same as the thickness as the ones in the original recipe. Am pretty sure that that is because she doubled the recipe and used a 9x13 pan, which is not quite the same as using a 8x8 pan on a single batch, I would think. Ah well, not much harm done except that I should have adjusted the baking time to make up for this. Or maybe I will try the doubled recipe sometime soon.
I had actually wanted a gooey blondie, but as you can see, mine are far from gooey, haha. One good thing though was that the texture stayed dense and chewy, which is (apparently) how a blondie should be. =) Which is great! In fact, it was kind of like a really soft and chewy chocolate chip cookie, very nice! I had wanted to make it slightly more fancy (gotta admit, it looks kind of plain) and tried spreading Nutella on the top, but found it too sweet.
In fact, most everyone preferred it plain. It got a really good reaction from the family. Mostly because of the texture. And the chocolate chips. The friend who had requested for a blondies post also had a chance to try it and she liked it, so that's also great. =)
I do want to make this again, sometime soon. Am thinking on what other additions to make besides chocolate chips, but I can't seem to think of any which would be more popular than chocolate, haha. I will try doubling the recipe next time, I think. I might also use dark brown sugar instead of light brown, which I had used in this batch. That would enhance the flavour, which is always good~ =) This is a very easy recipe to do, so I'm not really tempted to find a new one. If the next batch works out, I might make another post to update you all.
In the meantime, happy fasting! Remember not to overeat, lest you regret it come Aidilfitri.;)
Quote of the day: Ask your child what he wants for dinner only if he's buying.