Thursday, June 10

butterscotch heaven.

if you didn't know already, i'm off chocolate for who knows how long. i've been desperately trying to embrace the change and find alternatives (can anyone say cheesecake?). i'm experimenting with all sorts of ideas and the only downside is that husband really doesn't like anything without chocolate. well, unless it is apple pie. he says he's all-american and i can't argue with that one.

anyway, i continue to make his favorites and therefore i have to make something equally good for myself or the chocolate will haunt me throughout the day.

i tried a recipe yesterday and tweaked it for my chocolateless pleasure. i ended up with butterscotch heaven. the hardest part of the recipe is waiting to cut them and eat them! they are super, super rich and really gooey this way. they would be yummy with some vanilla ice cream.

disappearing marshmallow blondies

1 cup butterscotch chips
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 cups mini marshmallows
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup pecan halves

heat oven to 350 degrees. grease a 9 x 13 baking dish.

in a sauce pan over medium heat, melt the butterscotch chips and butter, stirring constantly until smooth. as soon as the they butter and chips are melted remove from heat and transfer the contents of the pan to a mixing bowl. be sure not to over heat the butter and butterscotch chips or they will separate and appear curdled.
cool the mixture to room temperature. using an electric mixer, beat the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, vanilla, and eggs into the butter and butterscotch mixture (you can add all the ingredients at once).
when blended (the batter will be relatively thick) mix in the rest of the butterscotch chips, the pecan halves and marshmallows. spread the batter evenly into the prepared ban.
bake for 25 minutes. the center will feel a little soft, but will firm while cooling. let cool 2 -3 hours before cutting.

(the blondies may need an additional 2 to 3 minutes depending on your oven. i found that they probably could use more time, but they were just extra gooey without it.)

again, click here for the original recipe. expect more ventures into this strange world without chocolate.


Tom and Juli said...

Yum! I totally want to try that now!! For some reason this posts reminds me of the insanely delicious brownie bars or whatever that you used to bring home from Sundance. Man how I miss those!!

Kathleen said...

i made the blondies tonight. i'm so excited to try them but i still have two hours until i can! i can't wait, they smell like heaven. who knew cooking a dessert without chocolate could be so great?