BAKING: Chocolate Bar Blondies

The thing I like about brownies and blondies is that you can’t really go wrong with them. Recipes where you just throw everything in a bowl, mix (by hand, no mixer required – bonus!) and shove them in the oven, yet the results taste amazing are always a winner in my book. Plus they take no time at all! This is my first time making blondies, so what better way to pay homage to their brownie roots than by shoving loads of chocolate in them? I mean, cmon, perfect combo.

125g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)
1/4 tsp salt
200g light brown sugar
75g unsalted butter, melted
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
Chocolate bars – I used 1 x Mars, 1 x Twix and a standard bag of Maltesers, all roughly chopped

How To Do It:
Step One | Preheat the oven to 175C / 350F / Gas mark 4 and line an 8″ baking tray with aluminum foil, leaving it to overhang so you can lift them out later.
Ste Two | Mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda (bicarb) and salt together and set aside. In a separate bowl, combine the melted butter, brown sugar and vanilla together. Whisk in an egg and mix well. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mix until just combined (overmixing will make them dense). Fold in the chopped up chocolate bars and tip the mix into the baking tray, spreading it out evenly.
Step Three | Bake for 24-26minutes or until lightly golden brown on the top. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before removing and cutting into squares. They will keep for one week, covered or in a box.

And there you have it, perfectly chocolately (but not overly so) and buttery tasting blondies. They’re not as decadent and indulgent as their brownie counterparts, but they have enough in them to satisfy a sugar craving well and truly. I know this is me baking yet another bar/square type of treat, but who doesn’t love something you can easily shove in your face, no knife, fork or even plate required? No one, that’s who. Let me know if you make them!

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