Chocolate Chip Blondies

Chocolate Chip Blondies

These are because I was bored with muffins and couldn’t be bothered to make cookies. I needed something for a picnic for a video shoot with children & parents. Melt, mix, squash in the pan, bake, cool, cut, pack. Rush out the door. leave picnic behind in the driveway after packing everything else. Call friend to pick it up.

These are not too sweet or sticky because I halved the sugar.

Chocolate Chip Blondies Recipe
Adapted from Butter Baking (who adapted it from Two Peas and Their Pod, and believes the recipe seems to come from Baking Illustrated…this is getting silly)

Ingredients:
  • 165g unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup raw sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1.5 cups plain flour 
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt flakes
Instructions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees & grease a pan and line with baking paper.
  2. Beat the butter, sugar & molasses together until smooth. Add the eggs & mix well.
  3. Add the flour and mix until just combined. Don’t over mix. Add the chocolate chips and mix.
  4. Squash into the pan evenly. Sprinkle with salt. Bake for around 25 minutes, until golden.
  5. Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.

 

Churros and Spanish Hot Chocolate

churros&chocolate

Even if I was thinking about cutting out sugar for a bit, this wouldn’t be a good time. Because a parcel from Spain has arrived with a churro making device (‘churrera’), and kilos of Spanish hot chocolate. So. What can you do.

And anyway, according to the instructions on the churro machine – they are ‘recommend as a healthy product in the Mediterranean diet’, because it’s just flour and water (conveniently overlooking the oil and sugar). I can pretty much see the writers expression as they made that statement. That look with the downturned mouth, raised shoulders, shocked, questioning eyes that says: “no? well then the world is mad!”.

Excellent Spanish logic with which I will not argue.

Alvy made these – following the recipe that came with the churro machine. There are lots of recipes, with olive oil, with egg etc but this was the simplest with just flour water and salt. We dusted them with sugar and cinnamon and they were great. The chocolate is thick and sweet – so the whole thing is pretty full on if you’re not a sweet tooth. Perfect for these days in Sydney where it’s getting cool and windy. Though, probably more perfect at 6am in Madrid on the way home from a night out, which is more traditional.

churros and spanish hot chocolate recipe

Ingredients for the churros:

  • 250grams flour
  • 250 mls water
  • pinch of salt
  • oil for frying
  • sugar & cinnamon for dusting

Instructions for the churros:

  1. Mix sugar and cinnamon together on a plate and set aside
  2. Sift flour into a mixing bowl
  3. Bring water and salt to the boil
  4. Pour water over the flour and stir for about 30 seconds for form a compact dough
  5. Pipe the churros onto some greaseproof paper (this is easier then trying to do it directly into the oil. Even with the churrera, its still a struggle to pipe the dough)
  6. Heat the oil to high. (you’ll need enough oil to cover the churros in a frying pan)
  7. Gently place the churros into the hot oil and fry until golden
  8. Drain and toss in the cinnamon sugar straight away.
  9. Eat while hot, served with hot chocolate.

Ingredients for the hot chocolate:

  • 1 cup of milk per person
  • 2 or 3 pieces of Spanish hot chocolate, such as Asturian brand ‘La Cibeles’, per person.

Instructions:

  1. Put milk and chocolate in a saucepan on medium heat
  2. Continue to stir to mix in as the chocolate begins to melt
  3. Once it comes to the boil, take off the heat and serve. It will thicken slightly as it cools.