8 July 2011

Fat Friday...

I have an embarrassing confession.

Those little catalogues you get in the post? Y'know the ones, they sell spider catchers and nose-hair trimmers and shoe horns and the like.

I love reading them. Perhaps only to laugh at them yes, but still, it's entertaining on a rainy day. You should try it.

So you can imagine my shock when, in a happy coincidence, I stumbled upon a stunner of a recipe in one such mag and decided that it had to feature in this week's Fat Friday. Granted, it was taken from Lakeland, which in catalogue terms is practically god-like. Particularly for those of you with a penchant for baking goods and foody gadgets. But still, they sell banana protectors and green-bean slicers. Need I say more?

Preconceptions aside though, this recipe turned out to be perfect. Raspberry and White Chocolate Blondies. Please make them. Just, do it. Fresh fruit is so overrated, it wants to be baked into submission. Trust me.


Preheat the oven to 180°C // 350° F // GM 4.

Line a square baking pan with greaseproof paper.

Break up 120g of the chocolate into a heatproof bowl along with the butter, diced.

Place over a bowl of simmering water bain-marie style and allow to melt slowly.

Once melted, set aside to cool.

Whisk the eggs in a large bowl until frothed up and covered in bubbles.
Greeting said bubbles like this always helps.

Next, add the sugar and vanilla extract and beat thoroughly. The original recipe asked for a
'mousse like' consistency but mine never really reached that point. Artistic license and all that.
I'd say beat for a good five minutes and you're ready to go!

Pour the melted chocolate mixture in and whisk.
Sift in the flour and baking powder and fold into the wet ingredients.

Chop the remaining 80g of chocolate and stir in.
Pour into the prelined tin and scatter the raspberries over the top.

And here's the only point that good ol' Lakeland failed me. Their recipe states to bake for 25 minutes,
but after that time mine had barely started to cook. Mine took more like 40 until it was firm to the
touch, slightly crispy on the surface and still gooey in the middle. It's probably oven-dependent 
so keep checking!

While I was waiting, I simple sat back and started on the clean-up...

REMEMBER, this mixture has raw eggs in it - you've been warned!

Once cooked, slice up and store in an airtight container.

Wait, no. What am I saying? Eat that gloriously gooey treat right up!

Aaaah Lakeland.

You might not need a bean-slicer in your life, but this? This is a true necessity.


p.s. It seems the blogosphere has been brownie-obsessed this week, check out Hayley and
Danielle's delicious looking recipes too :)


Ruby said...

sounds absolutely easy to do and so gorgeous! shame I'm on a diet...


Lowri said...

I absolutely read them type of magazines haha.. Think its called betterware?? Some of the things they sell are so awesome though lol!

oh and this looks absolutely gorgeous!



Isabela Soares said...

These seem to be yummy! The recipe seems to be well easy too, someday I'll give it a try.

And the photography is super cool.


Elli said...

gooooinnnngggg to maaaaake thememmemememmm. they look soooo nice, just has to be done! Ellie xxxx

ps ma blog :) ; ohmyellie.blogspot.com

daisychain said...

Lakeland and I are bff. For real.

CHARMEL said...

lovely blog!


John said...

I know a lot of folks who don’t eat eggs (they’re allergic, for health reasons, or concerns about animal cruelty). Here’s an awesome site that gives tips on cooking and baking without eggs: http://EggFreeLiving.com

Susie said...

Fat Fridays are seriously my favorite thing! And this recipe is no exception. And, as always there is one healthy ingredient included, haha, fruit! :)

Sophie said...

Sounds, and looks, delicious! My mum loves lakeland haha xx

Caz said...

This looks so good, I love anything with raspberries in it! xx

Harriet said...

Just when I thought your cooking couldn't get any yummier, it bloody did!

Also the bana protector? Greatest invention ever! My colleague didn't have one and her banana exploded all over her bag yesterday. I think my point is proven!

Stefany said...

I HAVE to make this!! It looks sooo delicious :) can't wait to give it a go. Thanks for sharing another delicious recipe xxx

Maria said...

I love Lakeland- I could seriously spend all my money in there! I have a fab recipe for a raspberry and almond cake which looks very similar and is DELICIOUS!

Maria xxx

Temporary:Secretary said...

I really like those catalogues too! I imagine what to buy if i had my own house! ....I have far too much time on my hands! x

Jo said...

Mmm, it looks delicious! I love raspberries!

Lost in the Haze

Lou said...

Oh this looks so good, and also easy to make. I might just have to try.


Sandwich de Dinausore said...

Great post ! :) it look good ! :)

Ellinor Forje said...

Well, I now know what I'll be baking this weekedn. Yummyyyyy. Thanks for sharing the recipe and feel free to drop by me too, soon.

CRK said...

These look delicious! Definitely going to have to try making some for myself x

Lil said...

Lakeland is like paradise! There's a shop in Bath that I love going into. These blondies look fantastic! Xx

Anonymous said...

i LOVE blondies, and fresh fruit in baked goods is always a must! (I hate raw fruit so have to cook all my fruit first)
But I absolutely love lakeland, their catalogue is heavenly. And if I ever get married when I'm much older, I'm totally going to ask for pretty much everything from Lakeland. They have such great gadgets! xxx