While I feel like I am always flipping through my collection of cookbooks and cooking magazines I recently realized that I never actually end up making any of the recipes. With the internet at my fingertips, I can search any recipe at any time. Sometimes I’ll find a recipe in a cookbook and then spend hours scouring over the internet trying to find a better version of the recipe. I can’t remember the last time that I used a recipe simply from a page in a cookbook.
Since the majority of my family and my close friends know about this new blog, I have been receiving an influx of cookbooks, magazines, and kitchen equipment for my birthday and Hanukkah this year. For my birthday, my close friends gave me the Sally’s Baking Addition cookbook and my grandmother sent me a subscription to the Food Network magazine. Since I have so many ‘paper’ recipes, I have decided that for the next few months, none of my recipes are going to come from an online cookbook or blog.
My first recipe is from the Sally’s Baking Addition cookbook. This book is amazing because it has both simple and difficult recipes, all of which have a creative edge to them. You can tell that the author spent days working on each individual recipe, adjusting it to perfection. I decided to make her Cinnamon Roll Blondies. This recipe is straightforward, but not too simple. I think when I took the first bite of my blondie, that I might’ve died and gone to heaven. Anyway, ENJOY!!
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
Pinch baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch ground nutmeg
5 tbsp salted butter, melted
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup + 1 tbsp granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
3 tsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line the bottom and sides of an 8×8 baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on all sides.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, 1 tsp of the cinnamon and nutmeg together, then set aside.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter, brown sugar, and 1/4 cup sugar. Add the egg and vanilla extract, whisking until combined. Slowly add the flour mixture into the wet ingredients, continuously stirring with a rubber spatula, until combined, creating a thick batter.
4. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan, spreading it out to create an even layer. In a small bowl, mix 1/4 tsp cinnamon and 1 tbsp sugar, then sprinkle over the batter.
5. Bake for 25 minutes or until lightly golden brown on top. Allow blondies to cool completely in the pan before transferring to a wire rack.
6. While the blondies cool, mix the glaze ingredients together in a small bowl, making sure there aren’t any clumps of confectioners sugar. Drizzle over the cooled blondies.
7. Remove blondies using the overhanging tinfoil. Cut into whatever shape you’d like.