Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Peanuttiest Blondies

Okay, right now I am attempting to make this (it is in oven atm)

1 cup plain Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Salt
1/2 cup Peanut Butter ; Crunch or creamy - not natural
5 tbsp Unsalted Butter 
3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
3/4 cup Brown Sugar, Packed
2 Large Eggs
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1 cup Chopped Salted Peanuts
170g Semi-sweet or Premium Milk Chocolate, coarsely chopped, or 1 cup chocolate chips

Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 180 C (160C fan forced).
Line a 9-inch square pan with baking paper.

* Whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
* Working with a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, or a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the peanut butter and butter together on medium speed until smooth.
* Add both sugars and beat for 1-2 minutes until well incorporated into the butter.
* Add the eggs one at a time, beating for 1 minute after each goes in. Beat in vanilla extract.
* Reduce the mixer to low and add in the dry ingredients, mixing only until they disappear into the dough; the dough will be thick.
* Add the peanuts and chocolate and give the mixer a few turns to stir them into he dough. If the chunky ingredients are mixed in after a few seconds, just finish the job with a sturdy spatula-don't over mix the dough. Scrape the dough into the prepared pan.
* Bake blondies for 40-50 minutes, or until they turn a deep honey brown and a thin knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a rack and cool to room temperature.
* When its completely cool, carefully lift the blondies our of the pan using the foil edges as handles, and turn them out onto the rack. Peal away the paper and invert onto a cutting board. Use a long knife to cut into 16 bars, each roughly 2 1/4 inches on a side.

The Verdict

OMG, the flavour profile is just delicious! Unfortunately, I did stuff up a couple of the process steps (being distracted by a 5yr old that desperately wanted to put everything into the bowl at once). I also left it in the oven a bit too long. I had it in for 40 minutes (as per recipe), but I think it can go down to 30 minutes.
But, it still tasted delicious! And it looked okay, though nowehere near as good as in the photo above from where I got the recipe. Mine looked like this

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