Over at FishMama's place, there's a Comfort Food Recipe Swap going on. This is the time of year for it! The usual "comfort food fare" holds little appeal for me. Don't get me wrong- I'll eat meatloaf or chicken and noodles or mashed potatoes. But I don't think I've even once in my life craved any of those types of foods. I'm really not a "meat and potatoes" kind of girl. I'm the type who craves herbed wine sauces, spicy salsas, strange cheeses, sesame and ginger... that sort of thing.
So, when I seek comfort from food, it's often in the form of dessert. Brownies reign supreme in my dessert hierarchy, but sometimes I get even more pleasure from the siimple, carmelly richness of a good blondie. And, since you may have read that my little girl and I could both stand to gain a bit of weight, I don't feel too guilty indulging!
Here's how I make mine:
- 1/2 c. butter
- 1 tbsp. milk
- 1 c. firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 c. all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 c. chopped nuts or candy pieces*
1. Heat oven to 350. Grease 8x8 inch pan. Set aside.
2. Combine butter and milk in large saucepan. Place on low heat until butter melts. Remove from heat. Stir in brown sugar. Add egg. (Stir quickly at this point so your egg doesn't cook on you!)
3. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir into butter mixture. Stir in vanilla and nuts (or candy pieces). Spread evenly into pan.
4. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Cool in pan.
*We all like nuts in this house, but we also love these with Butterfinger or Heath bits.