Friday, 6 March 2009


I love it when the postman knocks, as it can only mean one thing, packages! This morning I was greeted with the beautiful sight of that well known brown Amazon packaging containing my latest cookbook fix, The America’s Test Kitchen Family Baking Book. After completing my daily chores around the house, I couldn’t wait to sit down with a cuppa and browse through my new book. This is definitely a must have book, it is packed full with so many amazing recipes that makes you want to bake them all, which for me is a “tell tale” sign of a good book. I was spoilt for choice on what to bake but I eventually decided on this Blondie recipe and all the ingredients were to hand in my cupboards. I’ve tried various recipes for Blondies but so far this recipe wins hands down and if the aroma coming out of the oven during baking doesn’t have your taste buds tingling, then wait till you taste them! These have a light melt in your mouth texture that is packed with white chocolate that comes through wonderfully with the dark chocolate and walnuts. If you love Blondies, you won’t want to miss this experience of sheer indulgence!


Makes 24 blondies

1½ cups/7½ oz all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons/1 ½ sticks/170g unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 ½ cups/10 ½ oz packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ cup/3 oz semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup/3 oz white chocolate chips
1 cup/4 oz pecans or walnuts, toasted and chopped

Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 180oC/160oC fan/350oF/Gas mark 4. Grease and line a 13 by 9-inch baking pan with baking parchment, leaving an overhang for easy lifting. Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl.

In a large bowl, whisk the butter and sugar together. Whisk in the eggs and vanilla extract until combined. Stir in the flour mixture until just incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts.

Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake the blondies until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached, 22 to 25 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through baking.

Let the blondies cool completely in the pan, set on a wire rack, about 2 hours. Remove the blondies from the pan, cut into squares, and serve.


Anonymous said...

Maria, I love these BLONDIES"; looks very good !!!

Reeni said...

They look so yummy, Maria! I was looking for a blondie recipe the other day and ended up making brownies instead. I love Amazon packages, they make it too easy to buy books, all it takes is a click!

Nickki said...

Hi Maria, I love blondies and they look so good! That book sounds like another, ahem, 'must have' purchase! :D

Beth (jamandcream) said...

I've just been on Amazon again - v dangerous!!! It's raining this afternoon so no football - may have to give these a try. I love Blondies

Finla said...

They look so yumm. I have never made them, bookmarking them too.

Sweet Treats by Dani said...

nice to see you have thrown yourself into a new book lol

Maria said...

I have to make these! They look excellent!

The Food Librarian said...

I could kiss the postman when those boxes come! These look fantastic.

JillyB said...

Goodness Maria! I've only just made the Mincemeat Wedges and you've come up with a whole load more recipes for me to try! I'll never keep up! The wedges were delish BTW.

Anna's kitchen table said...


Vcuisine said...

They are too inviting Maria. You have a beautiful blog. Viji (Vcuisine)

♥Rosie♥ said...

I am so pleased to read you got your new book. I just knew you would love this!! LOL my Amazon partner in crime ;0)

Those Blondies look gorgeous and I can't wait to see what else you bake from this book.

Rosie x

Jessy said...

Oh my gosh, you've just started a craving in me that wasn't there before!

Mermaid Sews said...

Thanks for the recipe, I made them with great success and posted about them here