Friday, February 26, 2010
Earlier this month I saw some loaded blondie bars on Apartment Therapy's site the kitchn. They looked so enticing that I printed the recipe right away and baked the bars about a week later as one of my pre-Lenten treats.
- You can find the recipe here.
- The recipe calls for white chocolate bits in the blondie layer and in the topping. I find white chocolate to be cloyingly sweet, so I eliminated it in the bar but left a little bit in the topping because I thought it would look better in pictures. Yes, it's true: I compromised my taste preference for the sake of appearances (what was I thinking?) I used dark chocolate to replace the white chocolate in the blondie, which I thought was a great idea, seeing as the original recipe specified only milk chocolate in the blondie layer.
- I chopped up a Skor bar for toffee chips.
- In the topping I used a combination of white chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, and milk choc chips.
These blondies really are killer good. They have a very butterscotch/caramel flavor, and the stir-ins really add to the deliciousness. I think they'd work with any combination of chips/nuts or even coconut - whatever is your favorite ingredient. In fact, I'd bet that these would be delicious as just plain blondies without any nuts or chips at all.
The topping is very, very sweet (especially with the white chocolate). I found myself knocking the white chocolate off of the brownies as I ate them. The topping didn't stick to the base very well, but if it fell off I was just as happy. Actually, the blondies would be great without any topping, maybe better. They'd certainly be easier - and cheaper - to bake.
I will definitely bake these blondies again, experimenting a little bit next time. And maybe trying a different experiment the next time. And the time after...