Sunday, 13 December 2015

Peanut Butter Nutella Blondies

Readers, I love Nutella.  It probably comes a close second to my love of chocolate. Yes, I’ve been known to be a spoon in a jar type. 

Anyway, the other week, I was craving some sort of dessert with chocolate and went to pinterest for inspiration. I’d heard that blondies were the new brownies but never quite got round to trying them until the other weekend.  Ridiculously easy to make, best served warm with ice cream.

What made these even more enjoyable -  I used my Kenwood mixer for the first time. I inherited it from my Grandma, who is now living in a sheltered house and doesn’t have a need for it.  I was keen to make sure it went to a loving home and by that I don’t mean it would sit in a cupboard for years to come.

My memories of helping make Christmas cakes in it each year, are very fond from my childhood and I’m delighted to say “Maggie” – as she’ll now be known – is going strong.  I’ve also realised that a stand mixer makes the job of baking so much easier – throw everything it and let it do the hard work for you.

I’m sharing a video of Maggie in action for the first time in her new home!

Also thanks toClub31woman for the original recipe – I’ve made some adaptations to make it UK friendly.          

peanut butter nutella blondies

Peanut Butter Nutella Blondies

Ingredients

½ cup softened salted butter

½ cup crunchy peanut butter
1 cup soft brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup plain flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup Nutella (warmed in microwave for 30 seconds)
½ bar milk chocolate, chopped into small pieces

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 190c/170c fan/Gas 6.
  2. Cream butter, peanut butter and sugar together in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment.
  3. Beat in the egg and vanilla to the mix.
  4. Add the flour and baking powder and continue to mix until just combined.
  5. Add the chopped chocolate, mix into batter, then switch mixer off.
  6. Microwave Nutella for 30 seconds in a microwave proof bowl to soften.
  7. Add the mix to a prepared 8x8 silicone baking tin. Flatten out until even.
  8. Add the Nutella to the top in spoonfuls and swirl into the mixture.
  9. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the top has a light crust but it still slightly gooey in the middle.
  10. Remove from tin and allow to cool.  Cut into equal pieces or warm in a bowl in the microwave for 40 seconds and serve with vanilla ice cream for dessert.
    peanut butter nutella blondies


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