Tuesday, October 12, 2010

blondie. baking. bonding.

Seven strangers picked to live in a house... this is what I walked into when I arrived in San Francisco. I moved into a mini Pacific Heights mansion with 6 people I (sort of) didn't know + although there are no cameras or Jersey Shore drama this place is pretty amazing. I've been baking a lot for my new roommates since I moved in; maybe maintaining a kitchen stocked with treats is my attempt at bribery to ensure that I "make" friends here in California, but that's besides the point.

Last night we had our first ever joint baking experience. We sat around watching TV, discussing the idea of doing a triathlon together + after searching for one unsuccessfully, we decided to bake something instead. My helpful sous chefs Jason + Stew made some freshly ground coffee, toasted + chopped peanuts + documented the experience with my camera. From fitness to fatness, at least we're all going down together.

Enjoy this recipe for peanut butter blondies with a kick of espresso, a suprisingly delicious combination. We collectively decided that they could have used even more coffee/espresso flavor, the recipe reflects these changes.

Peanut Espresso Blondies
1 cup + 2 tbsp browned butter*
2 1/2 cups brown sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 -3 tbsp finely ground coffee or espresso**
2/3 cup toasted peanuts, chopped
1 cup crunchy peanut butter

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a 9 x 13 pan with foil + coat with non-stick spray. Brown butter in a sauce pan then pour into a large mixing bowl. Mix in brown sugar, vanilla + eggs. Once combined add dry ingredients + nuts, stir until incorporated. Pour mixture into pan + dollop peanut butter over the top. Using a knife marble the peanut butter into the batter. Bake for 25-30 minutes until blondies have turned golden in color + puffy in appearance.

*I'm obsessed with brown butter, I think it makes everything better but you can use plain melted butter if you prefer.
** I used 2 tbsp but would definitely use 3 tbsp if not more next time.


  1. Yummo prim! Glad to hear you're making friends.


  2. You don't need bribery although I am sure they have all put on a few pounds since you arrived. If you sign up for a triathalon, I will do it with you. Now, how do you do brown butter? Terra