I knew I wanted to bake something and decided blondies (the vanilla version of brownies) would be a great way to showcase the beautiful colour of the berries.
A bottle of delicious maple syrup has been sitting in my cupboard waiting to be used. This seemed like the perfect moment since blueberry pancakes with maple syrup are a popular pairing.
Finally, my last ingredient of inspiration was Bliss white chocolate squares. They are creamy, buttery and not as shockingly sweet as most white chocolate I've had. My sister bought them for me when she went to the flagship Hershey store in Hershey, Pennsylvania. They call it "the sweetest place on earth."
A Martha Stewart recipe for raspberry almond blondies was the perfect starting point for my creation. The result, while delicious, wasn't the dense, chewy texture of a blondie. It was like a moist, fluffy cake. I still recommend making it.
1/2 cup butter, softened, plus more for pan
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped almonds, toasted
1 pint blueberries
1/4 cup white chocolate pieces chopped
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter pan.
- Toast the almond in a pan on low heat for about 5 minutes.
- Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl, and set aside.
- Cream together butter, sugar and maple syrup in a bowl. Add eggs and vanilla; beat until combined. Add flour mixture, and beat on low speed, scraping down sides of bowl, until well incorporated. Mix 3/4 of the almonds into batter. Gently fold in the blueberries and white chocolate.
- Pour batter into prepared pan; spread with a rubber spatula. Scatter remaining nuts over batter in pan. Bake until a cake tester inserted (avoid center and edges) comes out with a few crumbs but is not wet, about 40 minutes.
The maple flavour also comes through really well. It is so wonderfully delicious and apparently has some health benefits. Like blueberries, maple syrup is high in antioxidants. It is also full of minerals such as magnesium, zinc, potassium and calcium.
I'm definitely going to use more maple syrup in my baking. I'm thinking maple cookies. Stay tuned.