Thursday, 16 September 2010
Blondies and Brownies
As I mentioned last year, my office has a BYO birthday cake policy. I decided this year to do something crowd-pleasing, and in this crowd that means chocolate. I decided to make something for both the sweet and the bitter chocolate fans. A batch of white chocolate and blueberry blondies and a batch of dark chocolate and sour cherry brownies.
I used this Mark Hix recipe (ETA - link is no longer active) as my base for both, leaving out the orange zest.
They were very, very successful. I used 70% dark chocolate for the dark one, which was very bitter and sophisticated. A lot of the chunks melted into it, but it still left some nicely textured pieces. I used good quality (i.e cocoa butter not veg fat) white chocolate for the white one, and I think I would reduce the amount of butter in the recipe just slightly next time; maybe 50g less, because the white chocolate did go a bit oily as it melted. The flavour of the white ones wasn't as cloyingly sweet as you'd expect, because the blueberries had a nice bit of tartness to them. You really do need to have a piece of each to compare!
I may have to have a second birthday this year to keep everyone happy.