1 September, 2016
Banana Brandy Blondies
Here’s a slightly more challenging recipe for the adventurous and aspiring culinary artist! Most of the recipe is pretty simple, but a new trick for this one is going to be browning butter… which, I can say, speaking as someone who hadn’t done it before today, is something that comes with a bit of a learning curve unless you happen to find the right instructions right off the bat — which, of course, you will. Just remember that patience is key.
These brownies will make your house smell divine, and they taste AMAZING! Imagine if bananas foster was born into this world as a brownie. Yeah. They’re that good.
Come on, let’s make some!!
9 tbsp Salted butter, melted and browned
1 cup Brown sugar
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1/4 cup Brandy
1 cup + 2 tbsp Flour
2/3 cup Chocolate chips (plus extra for garnish)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and grease an 8×8 square baking pan.
The next step is to brown your butter.
To do this, you’re going to place a small saucepan over medium heat and place the butter, cut into ~1 tbsp chunks, into the pot. As they melt and brown, swirl the butter in the pan so that it heats evenly. Over the course of about five minutes, the butter should begin to froth and turn brown. When it’s done, it’ll smell sweet and nutty like caramel. Take it off the heat and let it cool a little before adding it to the recipe.
Protip: If you do burn it, don’t be ashamed. Mistakes happen. Also, you’ll know it’s burnt because burnt butter does not, by any definition of the word, smell yummy. We all make mistakes. Some of use get up, dust ourselves off, and try again.
Others, like me, complain to our significant others… and then try again:
While your butter is melting and browning, get yourself a large mixing bowl and mash the banana until only a few chunks remain. Add in the brown sugar and cream those two ingredients together. Then, once your butter is ready and has set to cool for a minute or two, add in the browned butter and mix that in as well. Follow up with the eggs and the vanilla extract, and finally, the brandy.
Once the liquids are thoroughly combined, add in the flour and stir the batter until it’s all incorporated. Once that’s done, fold in the chocolate chips.
Pour the batter into your greased baking pan and top with some more chocolate chips (or, if you want to try something a bit different, run the chips through the food processor to make them smaller and finer). Pop the pan into the oven and bake for about 22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Turn the brownies out onto a plate and let them cool for a bit before cutting them. Serve as-is or with vanilla ice cream, and enjoy!