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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

9 Apr

As a brunette myself, I admit that I have not been a fan of the fact that gentlemen prefer blondes and that blondes (supposedly) have more fun. But in this case, the blondes are creeping up behind the dark-haired girls.

Brownies are a bake sale favorite–and how can they not be? Warm, gooey chocolate bite-sized pieces of cake is perfection! While there are so many brownie variations, I can’t ignore their lighter-completion counter part: blondies!

If–for some crazy reason–you are not a chocolate lover, then this recipe is perfect. Or, if you just have a craving for some butterscotch deliciousness if your life, blondies are the dessert for you. Even though I love all things brunette centric (I LOVE chocolate–gotta embrace those dark roots) sometimes I have to admit, blondes are pretty good too. This blondie recipe is adapted from the lovely Paula Deen Even though there is no chocolate–white chocolate isn’t actually chocolate, hate to break it to you–I still love this golden, rich dessert. I’m not much of a candy girl, but I could eat butterscotch until I burst. If you like your blondes with dark roots, there are tons of blondie variations on the Food Network website.

So even if you’re a brunette, or you prefer brunettes over blondes, I gaurantee you’ll put your differences aside and go crazy for blondies!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar

(as I said in a previous post, there is a difference between light and dark sugar. Since this recipe is all about being a light color, and having a lighter, almost butterscotch taste, do not use dark brown sugar! The flavor will be too overpowering).

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups butterscotch chips and white chocolate chips (you can also add peanut butter chips or milk chocolate if like, or no chips at all

Let’s Get Baking!

  • Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees
  • Melt butter in microwave or skillet
  • In a medium bowl, add melted butter to light brown sugar. Mix until smooth
  • In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and salt
  • Add eggs and vanilla to sugar mixture–beat together
  • Slowly add flour mixture to sugar mixture. Beat until batter is thick and smooth
  • Fold in chips

  • Pour batter into a lightly greased baking pan
  • Bake until blondies are golden brown around the edges, and when a toothpick is inserted in the center, it comes out clean (about 20-25 minutes)

  • Kick-back with your dessert, a glass of milk and watch your favorite blonde-inspired films (Legally Blonde, anyone?)

Mmmmm. Mine came out still a little gooey, which is just the way I like them. The white chocolate and butterscotch chips make this dessert super rich and sweet, with a burst of flavor in every bite! Hope you guys enjoy them as much as I did!  I love comments, so please, leave lots!!

Happy baking! Remember–It’s a cake walk! :)

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Peanut Butter Lover

24 Mar

After a fabulous week in London, I have returned stateside. London was wonderful (except on my wallet! That exchange rate did not work in my favor). After sleeping off my jet-lag for a weekend, I was thrust back into work and school. It also made me realize that I am quite homesick, so I decided to make something that would remind me of my guy back in San Diego.

If you only know one thing about John, know this: he LOVES Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. You may like them, but he loves them. He loves them so much, that he once ate an entire pound of it.

Is there such a thing as too much Reese's?

I remember when I got the call–we had been dating two weeks–that he accomplished this feat. I wasn’t sure if I should be impressed, or disgusted. He canceled our date that night due to “tummy troubles”. Regardless, whenever I miss him, I eat a peanut butter cup and feel a little bit better. Besides reveling in the deliciousness of Reese’s, John also loves chocolate. So, I decided that peanut butter cup brownies were the perfect dessert for a John tribute. This recipe is so simple, and so rich and decedent. If you aren’t a fan of the peanut butter and chocolate combo, you will be after this recipe!

And of course, a shout-out to Jen for the suggestion! :)

Ingredients

Brownie mix (you can use the previously posted brownie recipe, or use mix from a box–make sure you bake at the specifications for your recipe. Today, I used Duncan Hines).

mini Reese’s peanut butter cups

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

Prepare brownie mix according to recipe

Line a lightly greased pan with mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Pour batter evenly over candy layer

Spread crumbled pieces of candy on top

Bake for 35-40 minutes (time will vary according to your recipe)

Let cool before cutting

Success! I even had one friend say that this was the best thing I’ve baked on my blog yet! I have to admit, I am loving the idea of baking candy into already classic desserts. If you guys have any other baked-in candy suggestions, please leave a comment or e-mail me: itsacakewalkblog (at) gmail (dot) com.

I hope everyone enjoyed (or is enjoying) spring break. Make sure you do lots of baking! Remember–it’s a cake walk!

Stress-Reliever Brownies

5 Mar

I’m not going to lie, this weekend has been terrible. A paper proposal due Monday, and two midterms this coming week have turned me into a hermit. Add that to the fact that I missed out on an awesome party on Friday night in San Diego (Jesse Tyler Ferguson, aka Mitchell Pritchett from “Modern Family” showed up at opening night at the theater where my boyfriend works…), I was feeling pretty down last night. But, true to form, I decided that baking would relieve some stress. And just like all girlie-girls, I knew that I needed something chocolate. Luckily, I still had a big can of coco powder in my pantry (from my red velvet cupcake post), and an easy brownie recipe. This recipe only has seven–that’s right, SEVEN–ingredients, and they are all things that you will already have in your kitchen. I found this recipe from Allrecipes.com.

Get ready for a delicious study break!

 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup self-rising flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

When I first looked at this recipe, I thought “What in the heck is self rising flour?!” After a quick Google search, I found that you can make your own self rising flour! Mix 1 cup of all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder. That’s it! If you like your brownies less cakey, you can use regular all-purpose flour.

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease (I used Pam) an 8×8 or 9×9 baking pan.

Beat together butter and sugar. Add eggs, and mix well.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, coco, and salt. Slowly add into the sugar mixture (you can add walnuts if you wish).

Spread batter into prepared pan .

Bake for 25-30 minutes, until edges are firm. Let cool before cutting.

Mmm Chocolate-y goodness!

Luckily, they passed the roommate test!

And that’s it! Easy, right? These brownies hit the spot, with a cold glass of milk, and made me forgot all about midterms that the fact that I was in cold Boston instead of sunny San Diego with Mitch Pritchett. Well, at least for a while.

Please, leave comments and let me know how your own baking adventures are going. I hope you guys are enjoying my recipes, tips and advice, as well as enjoying your time in the kitchen baking yummy desserts! Remember–it’s a cake walk!

 

 

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