Since I enjoy making new recipes I decided to try another dessert recipe I found on a food blog… the blog is called Spache the Spatula. I found it through the website Foodgawker, which is sort of a food blog aggregator: they search the web for food blogs and put up all the yummy looking recipes that bloggers put up on their food blogs. Then from there, you can click on photos to see the full recipes directly from peoples’ blogs. It’s pretty cool if you ask me! Anyways… there was a recipe on Foodgawker the other day that looked okay… but when I looked through the blog I found these toffee blondies that use homemade toffee and it looked like a fun and challenging recipe so I decided to try it out.
Also, this morning on the way home from the gym with my friend Sarah I told her I was thinking of making a dessert for the Superbowl party and I asked her what she wanted: I said I could make cookies, brownies or blondies. Not being a chocolate person, she chose blondies, so that’s what I made! They’re in the oven as I write this and they are starting to smell delicious!
Toffee Blondies From Spache the Spatula
First, make homemade toffee! Ingredients:
- 1 cup of unsalted butter (2 sticks)
- 1 cup of granulated sugar
- 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of salt
Line a large baking sheet (the recipe said to use a silicone baking mat to line it but since we don’t have one we used parchment paper and it seemed to work just fine.
Combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook until the mixture turns a deep golden and the mixture is about 300 degrees, stirring constantly.
Pour the mixture onto the lined baking sheet and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes.
Then use a large knife to break up the toffee into little pieces and store in a tupperware container.
This recipe makes more toffee than you need for the blondie recipe so you can either keep it around to make more blondies next time or you can snack on it… it’s very yummy and dangerous to keep in the house, though!
Now for the Blondies themselves:
- 2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
- 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1/12 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 cups packed dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 2 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup homemade toffee bits
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9×13 inch baking dish and set aside.
In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat and cook until it turns golden brown and smells nutty (butter should foam up and then mostly subside).
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and toffee. Set aside.
In another bowl, use an electric mixer to mix the sugars and brown butter until combined. Add in the eggs and vanilla and beat for 3-5 minutes until light and fluffy. Slowly add in the flour mixture and beat on low speed until combined.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the top.
Bake for 30-35 minutes until a toothpick or fork inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool, then slice and serve!