Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Browned Butter Salted Blondies

Ok, lets get a few things straight.

While I must admit that I am normally a dedicated and tireless chocolate-loving gal, there are a few instances in which I must admit that vanilla, often described as yellow or blonde in food terms, is better.

Pour example:

Vanilla bean ice cream. Much better than chocolate.

Yellow cake (with thick chocolate frosting). Tastier than chocolate cake. (I know this is shocking coming from me).

Blonde men > brown haired guys ...huh? What. I can't help it. It's my personal preference.

But always remember that brunette gals are better.

Now that we're on the same page lets talk about these blondies. I made these for a Sunday night dinner I hosted and let me tell you that they were a huge hit! This recipe comes together with just a few ingredients in 10 or 15 minutes. Seriously one of the easiest desserts to make, ever. And the final product tastes so very buttery, rich, and sweet. Kind of how I like my men. Just kidding. That was a really bad joke. Make these blondies and I promise you'll forgive me.

Oh and by the way, I made mine gluten-free, to boot!

They are so delicious, that I barely got to snap a picture. See below for proof. Now, go get your butter on (the stove, duh).


Browned Butter Salted Blondies
Makes about 12 blondie brownies

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
1 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup flour of your choice (I used Thomas Keller's Cup4Cup as a gluten-free alternative; just don't use whole wheat flour)
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon sea salt + extra for on top

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Butter an 8x8-inch baking dish.

2. Over medium heat, melt the butter, stirring constantly. Once the butter melts and bubbles a bit, remove from heat and set aside to cool.

3. While the butter is cooling, mix together, in a separate dish, the flour, baking soda, and salt.

4. Once the butter has cooled for 5 to 10 minutes, quickly whisk in the brown sugar and then the eggs. Combine this mixture with the flour mixture and mix everything together until the batter is smooth. Breathe in the buttery deliciousness.


5. Pour the batter into the buttered baking dish and sprinkle the top with a pinch or two of sea salt. Place in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a knife/toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of the blondies.






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