Monday, April 02, 2012

A Delicious Week

Did you know this week is National Baking Week? That kind of celebration is definitely up my alley. :)

Please come back each day this week...I'll be sharing some favorite old & new recipes! All for the love of baking!

First up, a delicious recipe I have made about 4 times in the last 2 weeks.  I started out with a blondie recipe from the Smitten Kitchen and tweaked it a bit for a morning bake sale in conjunction with a joint garage sale a couple weekends ago.  Our kiddos manned the bake sale/lemonade stand and so we let them keep their profits...impressive profits, if I do say so myself!

Since then, they've gone to several church functions...and are met with delight from both adults and children! And more than likely, you already have most of the ingredients you need in your pantry.

Blueberry Pecan Blondies

2 sticks butter, melted
2 cups dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. vanilla paste
pinch of salt
2 cups flour
1 cup dried blueberries
1 cup chopped pecans
4 oz. white chocolate bar, chopped

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 13x9" baking pan.

2. Mix butter with brown sugar and beat with mixer until smooth.  Add egg and vanilla and beat until smooth. Add salt. Using the lowest setting on mixer, stir in flour.  Add blueberries, pecans, and white chocolate and stir until combined.

3. Pour batter evenly into prepared pan, spreading until even. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until set in the middle.  (I find that for my oven, 20-22 minutes produces a more gooey bar, while 24-25 minutes creates a cakier texture.)  Allow to cool.  Slice and serve.

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