WELL…uhhhhh…it’s been an interesting few days here in the ol’ U.S. of A, hasn’t it?
I’m part of the more than 60+ million folks that are shaking their heads in disbelief in this moment, and I am currently going through my own grieving at this time. There really is no other way to say it. I’m not about to get fully political in this post, as I’m sure you came here for a recipe and not a rant. All I can say is stand up for what you believe in and don’t be afraid to take peaceful action that will move us all forward. Be sure to deal with your emotions in healthy ways. Take time for self care and know that it’s okay to feel emotional right now; if you feel that your emotions are getting the best of you, don’t hesitate to reach out for a helping hand!
Okay, now, shall we move onto some deliciousness?
Since the election, my two coping mechanisms have been levity and eating. As Waz from Let’s Nom Nom posted on one of my Instagram photos the other day, to paraphrase, she’s been a carboholic since November 8th. Me too! Ha! Handpulled Chinese noodles, queso fundido, tacos, rice and beans, donuts, you name it! During my lunch break today, I had some zucchini in my Old Beijing Bolognese noodles from The Handpulled Noodle. I thought to myself, “Well, hey now! A vegetable! I’m being healthy again!”
This dessert has a good dose of fruits in it, between sweet apples and tender pears. The blondie mix itself lends to a buttery and slightly caramelized flavor to the overall dessert. I can not claim this to be healthy by any means, but you could do worse.
Go ahead. Eat a few of your feelings. We’re all allowed! Just continue to stay on that good grind for the most part. 😉
Apple Pear Blondies
(Makes 9 large squares)
– 1 stick butter, melted and slightly cooled
– 1 & 1/4 cups flour
– 1/2 cup white sugar
– 1/2 cup dark brown sugar (light brown sugar can be used)
– 1 egg
– 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
– 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
– 1/4 teaspoon salt
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 1 tablespoon lemon juice
– 1 medium apple, cored and diced into small chunks
– 1 medium pear, peeled and diced into small chunks
1.) Preheat oven to 350 °F.. Lightly grease and 8″ x 8″ pan and set aside.
2.) Melt butter in microwave or over stove top until melted. Set aside and allow to slightly cool while you mix your other ingredients together.
3.) In a large bowl, combine apples and pears. Toss with lemon juice and set aside.
4.) In a large bowl, whisk egg. Add sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla. Whisk together until combined. Slowly add melted butter into mixture, whisking continuously to avoid the residual heat from the butter cooking the egg. Add all dry ingredients to wet mixture until combined; the batter may be a little thick and sticky, but that is normal!
5.) Gently fold apples and pears into the mixture until all fruit is combined and coated.
6.) Add mix to prepared baking pan and bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the blondies comes out clean or with virtually no crumbs.
7.) Remove from oven and cool on cooling rack, in its baking pan, for at least one hour before cutting and removing from pan. Wrap blondies tightly in plastic wrap if not eating immediately.