Someone at work needed something sweet to make because she was feeling stressed and down in the dumps. She started looking at my Recipe Index and as I looked over her shoulder, I noticed that my list of sweets is absolutely pathetic. I mean, seriously, there is not much in the line of cookies and such. Aren’t food bloggers supposed to have an outrageously over-sized list of cookies, cakes, and other desserts? Aren’t they?
I blame my short list on my chocolate (cocoa) allergy. How many sweets don’t involve chocolate? Not many. It’s really difficult to get excited about making something that one cannot eat. That “one” being me. I’ll tell you something else, too. There is not enough Benedryl on the planet to convince me to take the chocolate plunge ever again.
However, for the sake of the blog and my co-worker, I am willing to post a few recipes with chocolate. Sometime. Today, I am posting this incredibly excellent recipe for blondies. Some people call them “white brownies”. Why? A brownie is a brownie and a blondie is blondie. They don’t have anything to do with each other. You don’t say “white ice cream” just because it doesn’t have chocolate in it, just as you don’t say “brown white ice cream” just because it does have chocolate in it. There’s vanilla ice cream and chocolate ice cream.
Which actually takes me on another tangent. I have a bit of an issue with the popularity of recipes which are named by what is not in a food? How many times have I seen the following: “dairy free, egg free, gluten free, sugar free” dessert something? Heck, what’s left in that “dessert”! How about we start using the term “allergy conscious” for desserts, breads, cookies, etc. that are geared towards allergy minded folks. Now there’s a blog theme and name for some would-be blogger. Maybe they could call it “The Food Free Blog” or “Free Food Blog” or “Food for Allergics” or how about “Allergy-Free Food for Everyday Living”. Actually, if someone tried to make a blog which included only recipes addressing allergies, said blog would have no posts. If there is a food, there is someone alive with an allergy to it. (Just think, I could have called this post “Chocolate-free Dessert Bars” instead of “Blondies”.)
Now back to the blondies. (Remember, chocolaties are coming in a future post some day.) Make these. They’re amazing. It took a while to concoct the recipe. I wanted a chewy blondie as opposed to a cake-style blondie. The first recipe I tried turned out to be a bleak cake blondie. Very bleak. My husband, my daughter Katie, and I all had the same reaction when we tasted them: “Garbage can!!!!!!!” My husband actually said, “Remember that really bad fish that you made back when we lived in Murray (30 years ago)? These blondies are that bad.”
On the second attempt I studied recipes from “trusted” sources, including a text book about baking, took note of the butter/brown sugar/flour ratios, figured out that melted butter was key to a chewy blondie, and confidently made a second batch of blondies. Score! The following people gave them a resounding thumbs up: Katie (24), John (29 forever), Tricia (28), Gavin (6), and Kade (3). I smiled ridiculously big and told myself that I really need to take some baking classes so that I can have KNOWLEDGE! Knowledge is power. Power in the kitchen = world peace.