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!


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

  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.

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

    Happy Birthdays to you both.

  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.

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

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

    Happy Birthday both!

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

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

    Wishing you both a wonderful birthday weekend!

  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.

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

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

  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.

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

  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)

  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!

  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!!

  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.

  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'!

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

    I can just taste the spice in there - yummm!


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