Let’s face it, if you’re a busy mom, but you still want your kids to have homemade desserts and treats, bars or squares are the way to go. There’s no scooping or rolling. Make the batter, put it in the pan, bake it, DONE.
So, a blondie is just basically a brownie without the chocolate. It has a kind of chewy texture, with a butterscotch/caramel flavour. They’re pretty great. Part of the reason why is because they become like a blank canvas that you can add all kinds of flavours to. Like leftover Hallowe’en candy, tiny peanut butter cups, or chocolate chips.
Well, it’s the new year, and I know we’re all supposed to be on health kicks, but you guys, it’s cold out. Well, to be fair, not as cold here on the west coast as the rest of Canada, but we’re wimps. That’s why we live here and not in Ontario.
Cold weather simply equals comfort food. And comfort food means oozing with warmth and richness (in this case, literally).
If you’ve never had a blondie before, it’s basically a brownie without the chocolate. Now you might be wondering, why the heck would I take out the chocolate?? That’s the best part. And it is. But there are some folks out there who don’t like chocolate. I can’t be friends with them, but they exist.
These are lovely and buttery and rich and moist. I do like a little chocolate, so I added a slight punctuation of it. I am pretty obsessed with Trader Joe’s mini peanut butter cups right now, so I added some of those to this recipe, and… wow. Just wow.
If you live in Vancouver, and you don’t feel like baking, head over to Purebread on Hastings St and order one of their Peanut Butter Shorties. It’s not exactly a blondie, but it has all the same flavours going on, and it is pretty much my favourite thing right now.
Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat on the stove. Julie suggests browning the butter to take the flavour to the next level, but you can just melt it if you like. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
In a separate bowl, beat together the eggs, brown sugar and vanilla. Add the butter and mix well. Add the dry ingredients, and combine. Finally, add the miniature peanut butter cups, and stir until everything is just combined.
Pour the batter into a parchment-lined 9″ square pan, and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes. I like mine a little undercooked, because I like them a bit gooey. Remove from the oven, and allow to cool.
On the stove or in your microwave, heat the milk until it is steaming. Add the chocolate, and let it sit in the hot milk for a few minutes, undisturbed. Mix the chocolate (which should now be melted) into the milk, and stir it until it is all smooth. If it’s too thick, you may want to add a bit more milk. Place the ganache in a small ziploc bag, and seal. Snip off one corner and pipe the ganache in a nice pattern on top of the blondies. Cut and serve.