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:
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
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.
> 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.
> 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.
Until next time….Happy Baking!