Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tuesdays with Dorie: Crack Blondies

Dorie called these something like Chewy, Chunky Blondies, but that is a serious understatement. These candy bar-like lumps of all-American overkill are unquestionably crack blondies. And to think that until last night blondies were synonymous with lame in my mind. As my sister put it:

           "booooooooooooooooooo,
            blondies.
            yaaaaayyyyyyyy,
            blondie.
            (the band)."

I was in full agreement with this poetic little statement until around 10pm last night. Blondies always just seemed like a poor excuse for brownies, with all the butterfat and none of the joy. A comment on the TWD site the other day helped me begin my mental shift, by pointing out that blondies are just cookies in bar form. Conceiving of my creation as just a differently shaped chocolate chip cookied sorted me right out. Dorie describes these particular blondies as having more fillings than dough. I didn't have most of her suggested fillings (butterscotch chips, coconut) on hand, so I made a quick batch of toffee, and threw that in with chocolate chunks from one of those great big Trader Joes bars and some slivered almonds and Spanish peanuts. (Spanish peanuts, incidentally, are one of my more recent grocery finds. How I lived without them always on hand is hazy now.)
The toffee melted away, leaving the finished bars sticky, chewy, oozy at room temperature, and irresistable frozen. To top off the overkill, we ate them with noyaux ice cream that I made by infusing the cream with crushed cherry and apricot pits. The ice cream was subtle, but we could really taste the noyaux, in an almost citrusy aftertweak that went right up the nose. Lily, my boss at the bakery, thought it tasted something like marzipan.

15 comments:

chocolatechic said...

Crack blondies.

Perfect description.

cindy said...

I too love spanish peanuts--great addition. The ice cream sounds delish!

Karen said...

mmm homemade toffee in these sounds divine! :) They went like crack with my class and at home.

Nickki said...

It's true, this recipe should be re-named crack blondies. They are dangerously addictive!

Beth said...

Yours sound wonderful! Great job

Beryl said...

Love those big TJ's bars of chocolate. I should stop buying the milk though since I just keep breaking off hunks of it for dessert.

Lillian said...

Homemade toffee sounds fabulous. What a great idea for next time -- and there will be a next time. Crack, indeed.

Vicki said...

I love Blonde Brownies so will definitely give these a try!

Sweet and Savory said...

Absolutely, love your additions. That is what makes them so addictive.

AmyRuth said...

Learned something new today....noyaux. Going to google. Yep, right there with you on the denial of "how could these be to my liking?" Anyway, sounds like a perfect endeavor. Perfecto!
AmyRuth

Amber Marie said...

These definitely changed what a blondie is in my eyes too! From blah to can't get enough! :)

Susan said...

Crack Blondies! :D I think I need an intervention! Yours look great! And, I love Spanish peanuts!

Pamela said...

Nice addition with the home made toffee. These are fantastic.

Nicole said...

Wow, you made your own toffee? Impressive. These were so good and thanks for baking with me this week.

Criollobylisa said...

I second the crack!