24 December 2014

{Holiday Baking} Festive Blondies

More festive baking before all the food blogs in the world go healthy for January (juicing and salads anyone?).

These are amazing. Even if you don't like ginger, which my husband doesn't, but he absolutely adores these blondies and stuffed his little face with them under mountains of vanilla icecream. True story.

So this recipe is pretty flexible. I made them with dark brown sugar and light brown sugar. Both were delicious. I made them with molasse, honey or golden syrup, equally fantastic (personal preference to honey!). And I made them with traditional flour (same quantity as the original Martha Stewart recipe) and with gluten free flour and they both rocked! So there you go, not bad for flexible baking...

festive blondies

inspired by Martha Stewart

240 g gluten free flour (2 cups)
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground clove
freshly ground nutmeg (to your liking)
280 g unsalted butter, room temperature (2 1/2 sticks)
250 g light brown sugar (1 1/4 cup, packed)
130 g caster sugar (1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons)
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
80 ml golden syrup or honey or molasse (1/3 cup)
200 g white chocolate, broken in squares (I used Green & Black)
50 g cranberries
30 g crystalised ginger (small handful)

Preheat your oven to 350 F / 175 C. Grease and line a pan (I used a 12 x 8 inch pan) with parchment paper.

Mix the flour, salt and spices together. In a separate bowl, beat the butter and both sugars together until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time and beat well in between each addition. Scrape the side of the bowl often! Add the vanilla and golden syrup and give it a good mix. Add the flour mixture gradually and mix until incorporated. Then mix in the white chocolate bits, cranberries and crystallised ginger (with a wooden spoon) and spread the mixture in your prepared pan. Bake for around 35 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean. Let cool completely before cutting into those lush little beauties.

What recipes have you been making this holiday season?

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