Beginning 2011 on a sweet note

Wanted to start the new year and this blog on a sweet note. And what would be better than a freshly baked warm brownie to bring comfort in this cold weather. Though I had started my baking sessions with regular vanilla & chocolate cakes, which turned out quite well; yet something was amiss. Well it was because I liked a denser taste of brownies, always being reminded of the walnut brownie I used to have at Cafe Coffeee Day in Delhi with vanilla ice cream. Finally I chanced upon this recipe of blondies on the lovely blog Simplyrecipes and I just knew that this is it. My search ends here. Easy to bake & delicious to eat. A sure shot dessert to brighten upon any gathering, since its just so simple with basic ingredients in hand.

Blondies Recipe
Recipe Source: Simply Recipes
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes (Plus 10 minutes for cooling)

1/2 cup of butter, melted
3/4 cup of tightly packed dark brown sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon of baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 cup of all-purpose flour
1/4 cup of chopped walnuts and bittersweet chocolate chips


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly butter and flour an 8X8 pan or place a parchment sheet for easy removal.
Whisk together the melted butter and sugar in a bowl, till it well combines.
Add the egg and vanilla extract and whisk.
Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, mix it all together. Add the chocolate chips and chopped walnuts.
Pour the batter in the pan and spread evenly. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool. Cut into squares and serve.
Serve warm with a glass of milk or with vanilla ice cream.

Note: Though I added choco chips and walnuts, actually blondies are made of butterscotch chips. Next time, will try that as well.
If adding semi sweet chips, you can reduce the amount of sugar by 2-3 tbsp.
The crust on top of blondie depends on how much you beat it after adding the egg. The more you beat, the flakier the depends on how you like it.
Few people even like to preparare the batter and let it sit for 6-7 hours, so that the flavours enhance further by blending it. I have yet to vouch for that. If somebody tries it, plz. let me know the results.

Time for this delightful blondies to be shared with all Chocolate lovers at myeasytocookrecipes's chocolate event.

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