Pecan Blondies

I love pastries and bakes with pecans and have been meaning to try this recipe for ages. This one is from the Great British Bake Off Everyday book.  I have to try my bakes on a specific audience, usually my work colleagues, because my immediate family testers are too fussy so they were the guinea pigs this week 🙂

What you need:IMG_1992

175g white chocolate (about 25% cocoa solids)
115g unsalted butter, diced
100g caster sugar
2 medium free range eggs, at room temperature
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking powder
125g plain flour
150g pecans

What you do:

> Heat your oven to 180°c and prepare a 20cm brownie or shallow baking tin by greasing and lining.

> Put the chocolate and butter into a large heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water to melt gently.

> When the chocolate has almost melted, remove from the heat and stir until smooth.

> Stir in the sugar (it may look curdled, don’t worry).  Leave to cool until barely warm.

> Whilst cooling, put the eggs and vanilla in a bowl and beat with a fork.

> Add to the chocolate mix and stir well with a wooden spoon to make a glossy mixture.

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> Sift in the flour and baking powder and stir in.

> Add 100g of the pecans and mix well; confession – I only bought 1 x 100g pecan bag because they were quite expensive. So I used 3/4 of the bag and broke them up into small pieces. This was more than sufficient.

> Pour the mixture into the tin, spread evenly and then scatter the remaining pecans on the top.

> Bake for approx 20-25 minutes. Check it’s done by skewering halfway between the middle and the edge of the tin as the centre will still be slightly soft.

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> Leave to cool on a wire rack. When cold, remove from the tin and cut into squares. I managed to get 16 with these ingredients even though the recipe reckons it made 36!!

These blondies were really delicious and very moist. The pecans were quite strong flavoured and I couldn’t really taste the white chocolate; I guess that’s why using a chocolate with a high cocoa percentage is a good idea rather than the cheapest.

Pecan Blondies

Until next time….Happy Baking!


  1. 20th March 2016 / 10:00 am

    Ooo, these look lovely. I have a friend who isn’t fussed on brownies but likes blondies. I’d never heard of them until last year! (behind the times again!).

    • 20th March 2016 / 4:41 pm

      I’m not a massive fan of brownies myself but these are delicious! 🙂

  2. 20th March 2016 / 10:40 am

    You will find a warm welcome for any cakes at my house, I can assure you!

  3. 20th March 2016 / 11:34 am

    These look amazing! I love pecans as well. Lovely 🙂

    • 20th March 2016 / 4:40 pm

      Thank you! They’re an acquired taste I guess but I love them 🙂

  4. 22nd March 2016 / 7:59 pm

    Ooh they do look scrummy – I love pecans and so this recipe really appeal.

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