Monday, April 23, 2012
I'm sorry about all the sweets. I have the best of intentions to make some healthy savory dishes to share with you this week. (My last before baby girl is scheduled to arrive May 1st!) I've made plans to spend my dwindling moments of pregnancy shopping, napping, reading, movie-watching, cooking, and sneaking in a few more dates with just the two of us. All the things I'll miss once parenthood sets in. Although I won't complain if having a baby means more evenings in like last night- curled up on the futon with Netflix reruns and bowls of warm blondies and ice cream.
These were made on a last-minute whim and they exceeded expectations. Browning butter adds something marvelous to an otherwise ordinary recipe. I wanted to add some walnuts as well. Dustin wouldn't let me. (But you should. I think it would be awesome.) The key to perfect blondies is leaving them every-so-slightly gooey in the center. And serving them right out of the oven, topped with melting ice cream.
Browned Butter Blondies
6 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 1/8 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used mini semi-sweets)
1. To brown butter, melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until foam subsides and small brown flecks start to appear in the bottom of the pan. Once it has reached a nice brown color and nutty aroma, remove from the heat.
2. Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease an 8x8 pan.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk to combine browned butter, sugar, and eggs until well mixed. Stir in the dry ingredients. Pour into the prepared baking dish and sprinkle with chocolate chips.
4. Bake in preheated oven for about 20 minutes, until the edges and top are just set and turning golden brown (don't over bake- you want them slightly gooey in the center). Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream.
Makes an 8x8 pan.
(Adapted from The Little Red House)