A travel snack should be easy, make ahead, and travel well. I'm more of the non-chocolate dessert type, so blondies have always been my preferred bar dessert. My three year old is in love with blueberries, so we always have them around. They go great with macadamia nuts for crunch and a bit of nutmeg for spiciness. You can really use whatever nut you have at home that is your favorite, as long as it is toasted nicely.
The blondie recipe is sort of a mash up of Mark Bittman's and the classic Joy of Cooking. If this recipe were on a brownie box it would say "somewhere between cake-like and fudge-like." I like the addition of granulated sugar to get a bit of a crunchy crust and a bit more salt to give the blondies that carmelized saltiness. Best of all - brown the the butter for the recipe - the toasty flavor really makes it special. —meganvt01
all purpose flour
stick unsalted butter
packed light brown sugar
white granulated sugar
large egg yolk
1 1/2 teaspoons
macadamia nuts, toasted and chopped
In This Recipe
Preheat oven to 350. In one bowl mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg. Stir well.
In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium low heat until lightly golden brown. Add sugars to the saucepan and stir to dissolve sugars. Remove from heat and cool.
Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla to the cooled butter/sugar mixture.
Add this mixture to the dry ingredients. Mix in the nuts.
Pour the batter into a greased 8X8 baking dish. Sprinkle blueberries over top. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
After spending years in school while working full time, I'm happy to finally have my evenings pursuing my other passion, cooking! I have a 4 year old boy and a husband that are both adventurous eaters and supportive tasters. I spend a good bit of my vacation travel preparation researching local and regional foods and my friends all make fun of my food obsession.
I've always been pretty confident with my techniques cooking from recipes but I am enjoying Food52's challenge of putting those techniques to work for my own versions of my favorite foods. I love to learn and the group of people that contribute to this site are a great resource.
As an Annapolis native, I love to cook with our local produce and seafood whenever possible. I try to support our community of fisherman, farmers, other food producers and chefs as much as possible.