The inspiration for these came from Eat, Live, Run, they looked good and I had all the ingredients except walnuts. Come on guys, you didn’t really think I was going to say I didn’t have any whiskey did you? Yeah like that’s gonna happen! I may not be drinking this month but there is always whiskey in the house. There’s a legend that if the ravens leave the Tower of London, the country will fall, my house without any whiskey in it would be a disaster of similar proportions.
I didn’t want to go out and buy walnuts, but I did have little snack pack of cashews and cranberries and as luck would have it, it came to half a cup so I just subbed them in.
I made a couple of changes to the method, cause I don’t have a stand mixer (dammit!) and they turned out really well, the texture of a brownie without the chocolate. The whiskey cooks off and pairs nicely with the brown butter. Normally, I’ve always been a bit suspicious recipes that call for brown butter, it just seems like another step and for me another way for me to burn an ingredient or myself. In these it adds another dimension to the flavour and is worth the extra step. I just let the butter heat up over a medium heat, kept a close eye on it and turned off the heat when the butter got really foamy, it took all of five minutes, the trick it seems is to show it no fear…
Cranberry and Cashew Blondies
adapted from Eat, Live, Run
1 cup packed brown sugar
Half a teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of vanilla
2 tablespoons of whiskey (I used the default Irish)
1 cup plain flour
Half a cup mixed cashew nuts and dried cranberries
1) Pre heat the oven to Gas Mark 4/180C/350F.
2) Butter an 8 inch square pan
3) Melt and brown the butter until it’s golden
4) Put the sugar in a mixing bowl, add the browned butter and beat together
5) When the sugar and butter are combined and the mixture looks fudgey, add the egg, vanilla and whiskey and beat again
6) Add the salt, flour, cranberries and cashews and mix until all combined.
7) Spread in the baking pan and bake for 20-25 minutes.
8) Leave to cool and slice, try not to eat them all in one go!