Friday, 23 September 2011

Pineapple, Chocolate and Mixed Spice Blondies



boy, did I have a sweet tooth when I got home last night... it was a long day but I was almost shaking with the need for sugar... I ate a peanut butter and blackcurrant jam sandwich whilst I was waiting for the left-overs of my sausage casserole to heat up...! and then once I had polished that off I still wanted more... maybe i'm sick... maybe i'm just a fat greedy bastard... who will ever know...?

... still on my 'I can't believe i've never made brownies before' trip I decided that blondies were next on my list and the wonderful Edd Kimber and his brilliant book The Boy Who Bakes came to the rescue... I have adapted the recipe slightly by adding some teeny chunks of a left-over bit of pineapple The Viking left in the fridge... don't worry, he'll reap the benefit...

... and after-all I deserve something lovely... it is my birthday tomorrow... and also The Viking's... on the same same day... yes, I know!

Pineapple, Chocolate and Mixed Spice Blondies


225g unsalted butter
1 teaspoon mixed ground spice
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
400g light brown sugar
2 eggs
250g plain flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
80g milk chocolate - roughly chopped into chunks
80g finely diced pineapple

- pre-heat the oven to 180c or 160c fan-assisted

- grease and line a 23cm x 33cm baking tin

- melt the butter in a pan over a medium-high heat, add the spices and cook for a couple of minutes

- add the sugar and cook for a further 5 minutes, stirring constantly.  take the pan of the heat and let it cool for at least 5 mins

- then whisk in the eggs, then fold in the flour, salt and baking powder

- stir in the chocolate and pineapple chunks then pour it all into the prepared tin and bake for 30 mns

- the blondies take a few hours to firm up, so for ease, leave in the tin overnight before cutting into squares

and can I just say, they were bloody amazing... spicy, warm, crisp, fruity, chocolatey... heavenly!

eat and of course, enjoy!

20 comments:

  1. What a perfect combo!!!
    Have a nice week end

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  2. Come to think of it I've never made blondies. These look really good and pineapple sounds interesting. Happy birthday. You fat? Surely not - it'll never happen.

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  3. These look as if they'd satisfy your sugar cravings! Lovely!

    Happy Birthdays to you both.

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  4. Happy Birthday both - CT and I managed three weeks between us, but the same day! Blondies look amazing and surely you deserve something ultra sweet on your birthday at least.

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  5. Happy birthday to you both! You can think of your blondie as a cut up birthday brownie cake instead of a greedy excuse ;)

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  6. These sound wonderfully autumnal. And I think they will be made in our house soon...

    Happy Birthday both!

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  7. i've always preferred a blondie over a brownie! these look awesome!...and happy birthday to you and the Viking!

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  8. I have never made blondies either.
    Great idea to add the pineapple.

    Wishing you both a wonderful birthday weekend!

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  9. I have never made blondies before ~ so I am also a Blondie Virgin (!!) Happy DOUBLE birthday greetings for you both tomorrow and have a blast.
    Karen

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  10. Many Happy Returns to you both :-)
    I've never made blondes either, these look scrummy so I may just have a go.

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  11. Happy Birthday to you Dom and the Viking! Do you have lots of lovely celebrations planned?

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  12. Happy Birthday Dom and Happy Birthday to the Viking too. Best wishes for a wonderful day. I hope you guys do something really fun and memorable. Are you making your own cake? I always make my own!! Oh, I almost forgot. The brownies looked scrumptious.

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  13. Happy birthday to both of you! Have a wonderful weekend filled with lots of food and drinks! The blondies look fab.

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  14. Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday dear Dom and the Vicking too - ooo. Happy Birthday to you!
    Wishing you both many happy returns. And have a bit of this delightful blondie for me too ;0)

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  15. Happy Birthday to you both - I hope you're enjoying it and doing something suitably celebratory!

    I've never made blondies, though I have done brownies. Would never have thought to add pineapple - intruiging!

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  16. Happy birthday to you both! I'm liking the pineapple twist. I think I'm more of a brownie than blondie girl but these look GOOD!!

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  17. Happy birthday! Hope you have a fabulous one. I've not made blondies before even though I've been meaning to. I love the addition of pineapple.

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  18. Wishing you and Viking Man a Happy Birthday! Blondies look appropriately sweet and gooey! Enjoy them and another year of gadding about 'jolly old England'!
    XO

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  19. Delighted the brownie bug as bitten .... about time!!!!

    I can just taste the spice in there - yummm!

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