April 12, 2013

Coconut, Macadamia and White Chocolate Blondies

These are the best blondies that I've ever tasted.  They taste a lot like these choc chip cookies due to their brown sugar base, but they're chewy from the coconut, crunchy and nutty from the macadamias, and the white chocolate adds a bit more sweetness.

Plus, this recipe can be done completely by hand - no intense beating required!

Recipe adapted from: Brown Eyed Baker
Ingredients (20 cm (8 inch) square cake tin)
115g flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
95g butter
135g brown sugar
1 egg
3/4 tsp vanilla essence/extract
3/4 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup macadamia nuts
85g white chocolate or white chocolate chips

1. Toast your coconut - either under the grill setting of the oven, or in a frypan - until golden brown.

2.  Preheat the oven to 175 C (350 F).

3. Chop your chocolate and macadamia nuts into large chunks.

4. Melt the butter in a large bowl.

5. Whisk the brown sugar into the butter until combined.

6. Add the egg and vanilla, whisk until combined.

7. Fold the flour, baking powder and salt into the batter with a spatula until just combined.

8. Stir the coconut, white chocolate and macadamias into the batter.

9. Working quickly, pour the batter into a 20cm x 20cm square pan lined with baking paper.

My batter turned very thick after I added the coconut so I had to spread it out to the corners.

10. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until the top looks cracked and golden brown.

11. Allow to cool in the pan for a bit and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.  Then, go ahead and chop it up into whatever sizes you choose!

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