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!

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