Browned butter and cashew blondies

Browned butter blondies

How good is browned butter?

You take something already awesome – butter – and make it 1000 times better and fragrant and nutty. Just by cooking it until it goes brown. Magic.


Browned butter blondies

So when I saw these (browned butter! chewy blondies!) I was so keen to make them.

I did suspect when I looked over the recipe that they might be on the sweet side. To counteract any potential super sweetness, I decreased the sugar and added salt and a layer of salted cashews on the bottom.

End result: still total sugar bombs.

Awesome, amazing, totally delicious – but sweet sweet sugar bombs.

Browned butter blondies

The blondies baked a bit harder than I liked – I wanted something softer and chewier – but by the time I took them out of the oven (at 23 minutes) it was way too late. When I make them again, and there will be a next time, they’ll definitely be spending less time baking. (I’ve reduced the baking time in the recipe below.)

After making these, I now have the urge to add browned butter to everything…

Browned butter and cashew blondies

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: Makes 12-16 blondies

Browned butter and cashew blondies

Ingredients

  • 250g butter
  • 250g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 300g brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
  • 1 cup salted cashews

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 175°C and grease a rectangle baking tin (mine was 29cm x 19 cm).
  2. Place the butter into a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir occasionally until the butter has melted. Once melted, let the butter cook until it's dark brown. Remove from the heat and pour through a sieve into a large bowl. Set aside to cool.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Add the brown sugar to the butter and stir until smooth. Add the eggs and vanilla essence and mix until just combined.
  5. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. It should be quite thick.
  6. Sprinkle the cashew nuts on the bottom of your baking tray and pour the blondie batter on top. Smooth out the top and bake for about 15 - 20 minutes, or until just cooked.
  7. Allow to cool and then cut into squares.

Notes

Adapted and converted to metric from Serious Eats

http://www.offthespork.com/2013/08/browned-butter-and-cashew-blondies/