Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Blondies with Chocolate Chips and Homemade Toffee

I have never been a real fan of blondies.  I find them boring and one dimensional.  So I had to as that great New Orleans chef, Emeril Lagasse said, kick it up a notch.   The first challenge was to find the right blondie base and then come up with the ingredients that would give it the depth of flavor that I like in my baked goods.  My philosophy on sweets is that less is more - that you should be able to have a small brownie that completely satisfies your palate.   This blondie fills that bill.

As I said, the basis of this brownie had to be a rich blondie.  I have found that the difference between a good blondie and an amazing mouth watering one is the use of two kinds of sugars - white and brown sugar.  .  When you use two kinds of sugar it adds depth to the flavor.    Here is my blondie recipe:

Blondie Brownie Base

1/2 cup of butter at room temperature
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs *
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips
pieces of homemade toffee.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease and paper and 8 or 9 inch square pan.  In a mixer cream the butter and sugars until light a fluffy.  Beat in the egg and the vanilla until well incorporated.    In a small bowl whisk together the dry ingredients.  Add the whisked dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix at low speed until just combined.  Add chocolate chips and broken toffee bits.  (Toffee comes from recipe on previous blog)

Press dough (it is quite thick) into pan and even out.  Bake for 28 minutes and check for doneness with a toothpick.  If the toothpick comes out clean remove from oven - if they are a bit runny cook for another two minutes but not longer.

Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack for one hour.  Lift the brownies out of the pan and cut into 8 large or 16 small pieces.  This is wonderful served with vanilla or maple ice cream.


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