white chocolate and macadamia nut blondies

White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Blondies

seen on [info]fireflyzephyr's LiveJournal, and reposted with permission.

makes 9 x 2 1/2" squares

unsalted butter and flour for preparing the pan
8 ounces white chocolate
1 cup (5 oz) all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick (4 oz) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup (6 oz) light brown sugar, packed
2 tsp instant espresso powder or granules
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 extra-large eggs
1 cup (4 oz) macadamia nuts, chopped, unsalted

preheat the oven to 350F, with the rack in the center position. Butter the interior of an 8-inch square baking pan. Line the pan with aluminum foil so that the foil extends beyond two opposite edges of the pan by about two inches. Butter the foil. Dust with flour, knocking out the excess.

coarsely chop 4 ounces of the chocolate. (I just broke the Lindt bar into its predetermined tiny pieces). Melt it in a medium metal bowl set over, but not touching, a pan of simmering water, or in a microwave-safe bowl in a microwave oven. Chop the remaining 4 ounces of chocolate in uniform pieces, no larger the 1/2 inch square. Set aside.

sift the flour and salt into a small bowl. Set aside. Plce the butter, brown sugar, espresso powder, and vanilla in a large bowl. Beat the mixture with an electric mixer on high speed until it is light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Reduce the mixer speed to low and scrape in the melted chocolate; mix until it is well combined. With the mixture still on low, mix in the flour mixture. Use a rubber spatula to fold in the chopped chocolate and the nuts. Pour and scrape the batter into the prepared pan.

bake for 35 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned, the blondies have begun to pull away from the sides of the pan, and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove the pan from the oven and let the blondies cool in the pan for 20 minutes. Use the foil to help you lift the blondies from the pan to a cutting board. Cut the blondies into 9 bars (I cut them into 16). When they are completely cool, wrap them individually in plastic wrap and store at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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posted by ramtops on 20 Jun 06 - 9928 views


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