As I mentioned at the beginning of this month, I have a lot of recipes that I want to share in time for Christmas. With that said, I thought I would attempt to post a recipe every day between now and Christmas Eve – my own version of the 12 days of Christmas if you like.
So the first cab off the Christmas rank is this recipe for Cranberry and White Chocolate Blondies. I have never made blondies before, (only ever brownies), but my sweet-toothed husband has declared these his latest favourite. If you aren’t keen on white chocolate I think that they would also work well with dark, but for some reason that just doesn’t sound as Christmas-sy to me.
These are very easy to make and will keep for a few days in an airtight container. Presuming of course, you don’t have a husband like mine who inhales the batch within an hour of them being removed from the oven.
I have adapted this recipe from one that I found in my KitchenAid Cookbook.
Ingredients – makes approx 24 bite-sized blondies:
- 100g/3.5 oz white chocolate, for melting
- 100g/3.5 oz unsalted butter, diced
- 100g/3.5 oz sugar
- few drops vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 60g/2 oz plain (all purporse) flour
- 75g/2.5 oz white chocolate chips
- 60g/2 oz dried cranberries, roughly chopped
- Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan forced/350F.
- Grease and line a rectangular pan (approx 27cm x 17.5cm x 3.5cm / 11in x 7in x 1.5in) with baking paper.
- Melt the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water (or you could use your microwave in 30-second bursts, stirring after each burst).
- Stir until smooth and remove from the heat.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar, vanilla and eggs until pale and thick.
- Gradually mix in the melted chocolate until combined.
- Add the flour to the bowl and beat to make a smooth batter.
- Fold in the white choc chips and cranberries.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top.
- Bake for approx 25-30 minutes until just firm to the touch. If the middle wobbles then give it another few minutes.
- Leave to cool in the pan before turning out and cutting into squares.