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Valentine’s Day Browned Butter Blondies

These were more of a chocolate chip cookie bar than a blondie, but I really loved them. Not only are they super easy to make (I made 2 batches at the same time) but they are amazing, I brought them to work, and they were devoured in 2 minutes. I can guarantee that whoever you make these for will love them 🙂

I didn’t modify the recipe too much, I kept the coconut in one batch, and in another I added toffee bits instead of coconut, and I really liked the depth of flavour it lent to the blondies. You can easily add in (or take away) any extras, I think these would be great with peanut butter, or with white chocolate chips instead of milk. No matter how you make these, you’ll definitely capture the heart of your valentine, hehe.

Valentine’s Day Blondies Recipe from Six Sisters Stuff
Makes 16-20 pieces (one 9×9 pan)

10 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated white sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups sweetened flaked coconut (or sub in 1/2 cup toffee bits)
1 1/4 cups milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips (use 1 1/2 cups if you’re using the toffee bits)
Pink and Red Smarties or (M&M’s) for the top

Preheat the oven to 350F and line a 9×9 inch pan with parchment paper.

Brown the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat until it begins to smell nutty (make sure to watch it closely so it doesn’t burn). Let the butter cool for a few minutes, until it is almost at room temperature.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the browned butter and sugars.

Stir in egg, vanilla and salt, then stir in flour, coconut and chocolate chips until batter is thorougly mixed.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Sprinkle a few Smarties on top.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes. Make sure to let the blondies cool before cutting or you’ll have a big ol’ gooey mess on your hands :p.

Sea Salt Caramel Sauce

I made this caramel sauce last week, and I have been obsessed with it, I put it on pretty much everything..blondies, cookies, cinnamon buns, ice cream, fruit, a spoon…. you get the idea. It’s so amazing that I already want to make more, even though I haven’t run out yet.

This recipe is super easy, and I wish I had taken more pictures of the process, but you can head over to Baked Bree and check out her gorgeous pictures :).

Sea Salt Caramel Sauce – recipe from Baked Bree

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/3 cup water
1 1/4 cups heavy cream 1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon sea salt

Combine the heavy cream, sea salt, and vanilla in a measuring cup and set aside, somewhere close to where you are making your caramel sauce. (I put mine beside the burner I was using)

Put the sugar and water in a saucepan over medium high heat. Let the sugar boil and cook until it reaches a beautiful deep amber colour. I know this will go against your every instinct, but while the sugar is cooking do not touch it, don’t stir it with a spoon or whisk or anything, just stand beside it and watch over it while it cooks.

Once the sugar has turned a deep amber colour, whisk in the cream mixture while the pot is still over the heat. It may seize up and turn into a glob, DO NOT DISPAIR PEOPLE ! It will come together just fine, don’t freak out, just keep whisking, maybe breathe quickly a few times to make yourself feel better, just don’t stop whisking ! It will turn into a beautiful smooth sauce that you will be so addicted to that it might be ridiculous, but its okay, because I’ll start a support group ;).

When your sauce is smooth and creamy and perfect, pour it into a jar and refrigerate. Bree says that it will thicken up a bit in the fridge, but it is meant to be a loose sauce, which I think is just perfect.

Tea for Three

This past weekend was May 2-4 here in Canada, which meant loooong weekend! A few of my friends and I had planned to go to the beach, but unfortunately it rained, so we decided to have a tea party instead !

Our spread consisted of:
Tea Sandwiches (light strawberry cream cheese, light cream cheese and cucumber, buffalo chick’n, lettuce and jalapeno havarti, and turkey, lettuce, and marble cheese)
Scones
Cheese and Crackers
and of course, M&M’s

We also baked some goodies to eat for dessert, and I will be posting those recipes early next week in order to keep the post relatively short. We made “Hello Dreamy” Cookies, slightly altered from the original recipe that the talented Bridget from Bake at 350 posted two weeks ago, mini champagne cupcakes thanks to Ali at Gimme Some Oven, and des macaron thanks to a bunch of different sources that I will share in that post.

It was a lot of fun, we felt very girly and royal, and we made sure to listen to Adele (who is absolutely FAB) while we ate to set the mood :p. I encourage everyone to have a tea party, it’s a ton of fun :). Cheers !

Hey !

Hey there !

I’ve always wanted to start a blog but never really knew how to start, but there’s no better time than the present, so this post will be a brief intro about me and what my blog will be about.

First off, a bit about myself. I am currently a student in Toronto studying Hospitality, I am a neat freak who is obsessed with organization, a shopaholic and a chocoholic, I love photography, and I especially love to bake.

My blog will be about food (if you haven’t guessed that yet haha), there will probably be more dessert food than anything else, but hey, who doesn’t love sweets, I know I do hehe.  I’ll try my best to post once a week, most likely on a Saturday or Sunday, unfortunately school and work keep me so busy sometimes that some posts may be a little later than I’d like them to be, but I’ll try my best, I promise :). Also, I’m not very experienced, so if you have any constructive criticism or tips for me, they would be mucho

Well guys, that is all for this post, I’ll post something yummy tomorrow !

xoxo, louloulemonade