Last Monday afternoon I got in from work and finished my jobs. It was one of those afternoons where I had an urge to bake something. It had to be something quick that I could sling together and chuck in the oven before disappearing off to collect my kids from school.
Brownies or blondies work well for me as I make them such a lot, you get it down to a fine art and they don’t take long to whip up and in the oven. So, for this month’s Cooking The Books Challenge where I am baking a recipe from every chapter of Rachel Allen’s Bake, her recipe for White Chocolate and Peanut Butter Blondies would be just the ticket. In the recipe introduction Rachel says “Fed up of brownies? Try blondies! These little squares are great on their own, eaten with ice cream they are simply sinful!” Well we all need a pick me up or a little treat to help us get through life don’t we?
I looked in my baking cupboard knowing that I’d bought a packet of white chocolate chips a couple of weeks back and would have enough to go in the blondies. But when I opened the cupboard.. they just weren’t there! I can only put it down to my kids helping themselves! So frustrating, but I couldn’t prove who had took them! Luckily though I had a packet of dark chocolate chips and they would have to do instead!
To begin with I creamed some butter and crunchy peanut butter together in a large mixing bowl. When this was done I sifted some plain flour and bakingpowder in another bowl. To the peanut butter bowl I added soft brown sugar, egg and some vanilla extract. Finally in went the bag of chocolate chips.
As for the tin, I used the square one I always use for my brownies. It’s a either a loose bottomed one I bought a few years back in Lakeland or one I bought at a Jamie At Home party which isn’t loose bottomed but still worked as well. Either tin always makes either 16 small square brownie bites or 12 large ones. No problem again here, the dough went into the tin fine and 25-30 minutes later out it came after being baked in the oven at 170oC (electric fan oven here).
After about 1/2 hour’s cooling time I attempted to cut up the blondies and quickly hid them in a box in the cupboard away from my family. They were going into work to share with my work colleagues and I thought if my family knew there were blondies about there wouldn’t be any left the next day.
I thought I’d got away with it as it was an afternoon when I was at home and my kids were still at school. I had hidden the evidence but when we got in from the school run my daughter started sniffing when she came back in. She said “Have you been baking? I can smell chocolate!” My kids have baking radar but I lied and said she was imagining things!