Thursday, July 15, 2010

Dulce De Leche Blondies ~ Brownies' cousin?


Came across a recipe for Blondies on a blog called Luna Café by Susan Bradley. Believe it or not, I never had Blondies because I didn’t think I would like them. Oh boy, was I wrong! I’m converted!

Susan had a great idea on using a smaller pan size. It made for a bigger, thicker Blondie…more chewy goodness to enjoy!

My brother Dave and his family (wife, Lauren and son, Madden) came to visit from NC. I decided to make Blondies for dessert. They loved the Blondies…especially Madden.

My twist to the Blondie recipe was the addition of sweetened condensed milk in the center; which, after baking, became dulce de leche.

Describing these Dulce De Leche Blondies…OMG!
This is not the prettiest dessert...but it makes up for it in character...
This recipe is a keeper. I’m glad I gave this recipe a try.



Dulce De Leche Blondies
Recipe by Susan Bradley of Luna Café
Adapted by Carmen Ortiz of Baking is my Zen



Makes 16 (2 inch) square bar cookies
Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

INGREDIENTS:

PAN PREP: Use 8x8 inch pan (lined with aluminum foil)
Vegetable oil spray and flour– for coating the pan (Brand: Baker’s Joy)

BATTER:
1 cup unsalted butter
2 cups packed dark brown sugar

2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt

CENTER INGREDIENT:
1/2 can Sweetened Condensed Milk (optional-add in the whole can)

DIRECTIONS:
1. Line two strips of aluminum foil (shiny side facing down) in an 8x8 inch pan in a crisscross fashion.
2. Spray aluminum foil with the floured oil spray (Baker’s Joy). Set aside.
3. Melt butter in a measuring cup in the microwave.
4. Pour butter into a large mixing bowl. Allow to cool slightly.
5. Add brown sugar into the melted butter.
6. Mix brown sugar and butter.
7. Combine eggs and vanilla. Stir.
8. Pour beaten eggs and vanilla into brown sugar mixture.
9. Sift in a bowl: Flour, baking powder and salt. Mix to combine.
10. Add flour mixture to brown sugar mixture.
11. Stir to combine. DO NOT OVERMIX.
12. Using an ice cream scooper (optional), add half of the batter in the oiled & floured pan.
13. Spread out evenly in pan.
14. Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the batter.
15. Pour and spread the remaining batter in pan.
16. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 minutes, or when toothpick test shows a few moist crumbs, but not gooey crumbs. It is better if you end up with underdone than overdone Blondies.
17. Remove from oven.
18. Cool on wire rack.
19. Lift Blondies out of the pan.
20. Cut Blondies into 2x2 inch squares.
21. Store airtight at room temperature for up to 2 days.


PHOTO TUTORIAL for Dulce De Leche Blondies

Line two strips of aluminun foil (shiny side facing down) in an 8x8 inch pan in a crisscross fashion.



Spray aluminum foil with the floured oil spray (Baker’s Joy). Set aside.


Melt butter in a measuring cup in the microwave.

Pour butter into a large mixing bowl. Allow to cool slightly.

Add brown sugar into the melted butter.


Mix brown sugar and butter.

Combine eggs and vanilla. Stir.


Pour beaten eggs and vanilla into brown sugar mixture.

 (Sift dry ingredients): Flour, baking powder and salt. Mix to combine.



Add flour mixture to brown sugar mixture.

Stir to combine. DO NOT OVERMIX.

Using an ice cream scooper (optional), add half of the batter in the oiled and floured pan.

Spread out evenly in pan.

Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the batter.

Pour and spread the remaining batter in pan.

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 minutes,
or when toothpick test shows a few moist crumbs, but not gooey crumbs.
It is better if you end up with underdone than overdone Blondies.

Remove from oven.

Cool on wire rack.

Lift Blondies out of the pan.

Cut Blondies into 2x2 inch squares.

Store airtight at room temperature for up to 2 days.


Enjoy your Dulce De Leche Blondies with a cold tall glass of milk!




My brother Dave and his son Madden...
Love them dearly ~


Peace in baking,

Carmen
Baking is my Zen…sweet nibbles for the soul

9 comments:

Gloria said...

These sound amazing! Great tip on using the ice cream scoop to get the batter into the pan. Definitely bookmarking this one.

Adventures in Domestic Cooking said...

Aren't blondies fantastic!?

Tessa said...

Carmen, I have to disagree. I think these look AND sound great. Thanks for the idea!

rebecca said...

That is a luscious photo you've got on top there! Yum. I want to try this one out (don't know if you saw my post on blondies awhile back- always on the lookout for a better recipe!)

sweetlife said...

dulce de leche blondies..oh these are awesome...my little brother is coming in two weeks he would love these...bookmarked..I love your step by step tutorials..great recipe

sweetlife

Jen_from_NJ said...

I love your addition of dulce de leche. These look fantastic. The picture of your nephew is just adorable!

Mary said...

What a great post. These sound really wonderful, Carmen. Your photos of the process are really exceptional. I must give your recipe a try. I hope the day treats you well. Blessings...Mary

Erica said...

I love dulce the leche!!!These sound wonderful, Carmen!

Sherry G said...

That picture tutorial makes it look so easy! I've never had blondies either and I'm nervous to whether I'd like them or not... but these look fab!!

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