Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Cranberry, Walnut & Chocolate Blondies

Cranberry & Walnut Blondies

I'm a huge fan of the gorgeous, gooey texture of a good brownie. I'll confess that when I first heard of blondies, I was puzzled. Why would you want to take a perfectly wonderful thing like a brownie and then remove the chocolate? When I actually tried one, though, I was won over to the idea.

The most common additions to blondies seem to be white chocolate, toffee, and nuts... in keeping with the "blonde" theme, I guess. I was feeling less traditional, and I wanted a less sweet, more grown-up combination of flavours when I made these.

I got the idea of adding walnuts from this recipe for chewy chunky blondies, and cranberries just seemed like the perfect addition to the mix. Of course, I also had to include some chocolate, but I went for dark chocolate chips with 70% cocoa.

Cranberry & Walnut Blondies

Cranberry & Walnut Blondies

Cranberry, Walnut & Chocolate Blondies
Makes 12 large or 48 bite-sized blondies

250g (1½ cups) soft brown sugar
135g (½ cup) white granulated sugar
250g (2 US sticks) butter
2 eggs
1tsp vanilla essence
330g (2 cups) plain flour
1½tsp baking powder
50g (½ cup) walnuts
140g (1 cup) cranberries
190g (1 cup) dark chocolate chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C (325°F).
  2. Line a large (9x13in), deep baking pan with greaseproof paper.
  3. Cream the butter together with the sugars (if your butter is straight from the fridge, you might want to soften it with 10-20 seconds in the microwave).
  4. Beat in the eggs and vanilla essence.
  5. Fold the flour and baking powder into the mixture.
  6. Roughly chop the walnuts.
  7. Stir the nuts, cranberries and chocolate chips into the batter.
  8. Spoon the batter into the baking pan (mine was too thick to pour!) and smooth the top with a spatula.
  9. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until a skewer comes out clean and the top is starting to crack.
  10. Cool in the tin for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
  11. Slice when cold.


Gloria Baker said...

look amazing! and your pictures are beautiful!

TiKi said...

That sounds so tempting, Rachel! Do you think raspberries would do, too? Or they are too juicy?! :)

Anonymous said...

You are forever teasing me with the awesome desserts! Of course I pinned it. I personally have not had blondies. Am now thinking that I should.

Blond Duck said...

I'm going to try this with white chocolate chips!

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Love blondies and these sound amazing!

TheBookWormMama said...

If they taste half as good as they look, I want in. Yummy. Thanks for the recipe.

Nina said...

Hi Rachel,
I have never baked a blonde before, and I do live cranberries and walnuts - so the time for my first blonde has arrived! Adding chocolate chips sounds like a very tasty addition ... I've bookmarked your page and has also send the recipe to my mail - yum!
I'm popping by from Saturday Share Fest - happy having found your scrumptious blog! I'm following you via Twitter and G+ to get more inspiration to my kitchen :-)

Happy weekend to you,

Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories said...

These look fantastic, I have been wanting to make some blondies. Thanks for sharing. visiting from SITS, hope you stop by my 50 Bookish Things to do Bucket List.

Rabia Lieber said...

Mmmm! I love a good cranberry walnut combo! These looks yummy. Thanks for sharing at ShareFest.

jody cowan said...

These made my mouth water! They look delicious! Glad I found you on Sharefest!

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