Gooey cardamom, dark chocolate and cranberry blondies

February  9, 2012
7 Ratings
Author Notes

I’ve never baked them before. Until I’d seen a raspberry and white chocolate version online; I was tempted to use my last store cupboard cranberries for something different.
The recipe has taken a few attempts to perfect however- I added cardamom into the equation. My fiancé has always been a big fan of making and eating curries, and due to my sensitive IBS I have never been able to try cardamom in a dish. An English cook, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (who’s River Cottage programmes I adore) made a fragrant yummy cardamom cake, which conclusively triggered the train of thought to try it delicately in something sweeter.
These Blondies were the perfect solution, the cranberries are sharp and chewy and the chocolate is intense and rich in that chewy cookie cardamom base. In my heart of hearts though, I could not resist dribbling on more chocolate to mimic a brownie, but alas my conversion is to these is well underway.
Enjoy with a cup of strong coffee.

  • Makes 10
  • 70g Unsalted melted butter
  • 120g Dark brown sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 7 pods Cardamom (ground in a pestle and mortar)
  • 75g Sorghum Flour (or regular plain)
  • 75g Buckwheat Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Xanthan Gum
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • Handful Chopped Dried cranberries
  • 70g Chopped good quality dark chocolate
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
In This Recipe
  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celsius
  2. Grease a deep baking tray (square) with butter or flavourless oil.
  3. Melt the butter and wait till it is cool.
  4. Add in the sugar, vanilla extract and mix until creamy and smooth.
  5. Crack in the eggs one by one and fold them in slowly.
  6. Put the flours, cardamom, baking powder, xanthan gum, baking powder salt into a separate bowl and mix thoroughly.
  7. Gradually add the dry mixture bit by bit into the wet mixture- do not over mix- keep it gentle!
  8. Stir in the cranberries and chocolate pieces.
  9. Cook for 25 minutes
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