Saturday, March 7, 2015

BLONDIES a.k.a. BUTTERSCOTCH Bars







In Boarding School,
I had a Home Economics (Foods) Teacher that owns a Bakery, 
famous for their Butterscotch Bars.
Everyone that visits the City leaves with more than a bag of this tasty treat to bring back to family.
I usually get more than a dozen bags.
After you have tasted this butterscotch bar, you are hooked.
I wish they'll export it here in the U.S.
When Family visits us from the Philippines,
they know not to come without these Butterscotch Bars,
otherwise they'll have to stay at a Hotel instead of staying at my home. 
No Butterscotch, No Stay!
Hahahaha! ;)
I have been attempting to replicate this recipe,
and have tried various ones from chefs and bloggers,
and this is the closest I got.
Note: I said the closest I got. Not the same. But close enough.

Enjoy!



INGREDIENTS:

1 1/4 Stick Unsalted Butter ( 10 tablespoon)
1 1/4 cups light or dark brown Sugar
1 tbsp. Light Corn Syrup
1 Large egg + 1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp. almond extract  or 1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/22 -2/3 cup chopped cashews (or 1/2 cup almonds or 1/2 cup peanuts)

Other additions: ( for Blondies)
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 a cup choice of dried fruit
2 tbsp. of Toffee
1/2 cup Butterscotch morsels


Directions:

  • Butter and Line an 8x8 or 9x9 pan. with Parchment Paper, make sure you allow a 2 inch overhang.
  • Preheat oven the oven to 350°F.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together flour and salt, and set aside.

  • Melt butter in a medium saucepan.
  • Add sugar, and light corn syrup, whisk well until combined, until sugar is melted.
  • Transfer the mixture to a medium size bowl.
  • Cool slightly.
  • Whisk in eggs, add almond and vanilla extract.
  • Add the flour mixture, and mix until just incorporated.
  • Fold in nuts or your choice of other additions. (see note)
  • Transfer mixture to prepared pan.
  • Bake for 20-25 mins.
  • Remove and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  • Cut into squares.



Note:

  • Butterscotch Bars from this particular bakery is made with peanuts or cashews.
  • Blondies you can add what ever your heart desires, be it chocolate chips, butterscotch morsels, dried fruits or toffees.
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