Friday, 20 July 2007


I really love brownies, but I’m equally enthralled with a good blondie too. I have a regular one that I make of Sue Lawrence’s (from Sue Lawrence On Baking) and Tamasin’s date and walnut blondies (from Tamasin’s Kitchen Classics) also draw oohs and ahhs. Being the type of cook I am (and I’m not sure exactly what that is) I like to try new recipes for things that I like, even if I like other recipes for the same thing enough to make them again, but this is how I came to this recipe. Dorie Greenspan’s Chewy Chunky Blondies from Baking From My Home To Yours. They are absolutely jam packed with bits and pieces and every bite gives fabulous flavour.

I knew when I received this book that I wanted to try this recipe, but it has butterscotch chips in it, and until recently they were quite hard to come by here. That was until my friend Anna said that she was buying American goodies via ebay. I had never thought to look there, but the result is that I now have in my possession some lovely baking chips – so thank you Anna for the great tip!

So with my semisweet chocolate chips and butterscotch chips plus walnuts and coconut I made these fabulous blondies. They are sweet, and full of good things. I did a bit of random feeding towards Hubby’s work colleagues because I’m on the ‘podge patrol’ (slimming) at the moment and I could have eaten far too many of these. These were so good, for me the butterscotch flavour from the chips and brown sugar came through supreme, but I love toffee so that’s fine by me. They are something to make as one of a spread of biscuits and cakes or just by themselves as the stunner on the cake stand.

Off on holiday now, but see you when I get back and look forward to catching up!


Meeta said...

I agree stunning but then you cannot go wrong with Dorie!
Hope you have a great vacation Kelly-Jane!

Lydia said... also sells many favorite baking products. Happy vacation!

Lis said...

I love blondies too and this recipe sounds perfect. I love your photo, it's got me drooling!

I hope you have a wonderful holiday!!


MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Kelly-Jane, these are just Dorie! Butterscotch and brownsugar . . . well, what more can you want. Perfect Blondies.
Enjoy your time off.

lilsgirl said...

Have a good holiday, will let jou know how I get on with Dorie soon!

Nora B. said...

These do look and sound stunning, Kelly-Jane. The addition of butterscotch chips sounds delicious to me. Have fun on your vacation and we look forward to hearing all about it when you get back.

lynn said...

Tremendous blondies! I love them displayed on the cake stand, too. It looks like company's coming. Have a great holiday!

Brilynn said...

I've made these, they were delicious, they're Dorie, how could they not be? I've had multiple requests to make them again but I haven't made it through the book yet... I'm getting there though

Gemma said...

These look lovely. Why haven't I bought this book yet! Have a fab holiday.

Gemma x

Sandy said...

Have a great holiday Kelly-Jane. I think you've finally convinced me to get Dorie's book and I haven't even seen it yet. It's now officially on my wish list.

Cheryl said...

They look thick and lovely. I think all of my bars come out so thin.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Stunning, indeed - I have never made blondies and these would be a wonderful start, Kelly-Jane!

Anonymous said...

Have a lovely holiday! I've never tried blondies, but I think it needs to go on the ever growing list of baked goodies I have to try. Someday soon I hope!

Ari (Baking and Books)

Deborah said...

That is the best cookbook - I'm gonna have to mark this one down as one to make!

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

These look so good! Hope you're having a lovely holiday.

Kelly-Jane said...

Meeta, you are right!

Lydia, I'll have to have a look on!

Lis, thanks :)

Tanna, you are right just Dorie!

Lilsgirl, I hope you love Dorie's book as much as me!

Nora B, Thank you.

Lynn, thank you, I love to use cake stands :)

Brilynn, The thought of the taste of these blondies lingers, and I know what you mean I have so many recipes to try!

Gemma, if you bake take the plunge!

Sandy, I had not even heard of Dorie pre-blogging but now I have Baking.... I can hardly believe I managed to miss such a gem!

Cheryl, the cake tin was full to the brim!!

Patricia, these would be a great introduction to blondies!

Ari, you must add blondies to your list!

Deborah, I have a huge list of to cooks from Baking, and as I see pictures on blogs the list gets ever longer :)

Amanda, thank you.

Thank you for your good wishes for our holiday we did have a lovely time, will post a bit soon.


Kristen said...

Stunning indeed! These look so tasty.

Glossy said...

These look amazing. I really fancy the Dorie book after reading your blog, are there lots of recipes that require american ingredients though?