Today's Food: Blondies

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Oh, these are so delicious!






 I recently was watching Throwdown on the Food Network and Bobby Flay was competing with a bakery for having the best blondies. Bobby lost the competition even though his looked better to me, so I found the recipe online at the Food Network website.

I made a few of changes to the original recipe, specifically the type of chocolate and nuts, and the addition of wheat flour. For the original, please follow the link above.

Here's my version, loosely based on the great Bobby Flay's:

1 1/2 sticks of butter
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1 c. light brown sugar
1/2 c. dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 T. pure vanilla extract
1 c. semisweet chocolate chunks (I used Ghiradelli)
1/2 c. Heath bar pieces
1/2 c. chopped walnuts




HOW TO MAKE:


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and line a 9  X 9 X 2  baking pan with parchment paper, allowing some to hang over.  Spray the parchment lining the inside of the pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.
Melt the butter in a medium saucepan; add both sugars and whisk until combined and sugar is melted, about 5 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl and let cool slightly. Whisk in the eggs and vanilla extract until combined. Add the flour and whisk until just incorporated. Fold in the Heath pieces, chocolate chunks and walnuts.
My recipe took 30 minutes. Flay's called for 24 to 27 minutes. All ovens will vary. Remove to a wire rack and let cool completely. Remove the bars from the pan using the parchment handles, transfer to a cutting board and cut into squares.


These, of course, go well with a glass of milk!
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