Chocolate-Crusted Banana Blondies

Brownies and Bars

Chocolate-Crusted Banana Blondies

Adapted from nytimes.com/cooking

You’ll probably get tired of me saying that I get asked to make desserts when there are any get-togethers with family friends. But it’s true! I found this recipe in the cooking section of The New York Times. I am very well known for my famous blondies but I was intrigued by the idea of “banana blondies.” However, what surprised me about this recipe was that it uses a lot of butter and has no chocolate chips. Still good and I hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 2½ sticks unsalted butter (1 ¼ cups)
  • 200 grams chocolate wafer cookies (to make about 3 cups of crumbs)
  • 55 grams light brown sugar (about ¼ cup)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 455 grams dark brown sugar (about 2½ cups)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 130 grams all-purpose flour (about 1 cup)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F (190C).
  2. Melt 1 stick of butter in the microwave. Process the chocolate wafer cookies in the bowl of a food processor to make fine crumbs. Add the light brown sugar and melted butter. Process until the mixture is the consistency of damp sand.
  3. Dump the mixture into a 9×13-inch baking pan and press it into an even layer.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for about 7 to 10 minutes or until the surface is firm. Remove the pan and set aside.
  5. Reduce the oven heat to 350F (177C).
  6. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 12 tablespoons of butter and let it cook until the foam subsides and the butter turns a deep nut brown (about 5 minutes). Let cool.
  7. In a large bowl, whisk together the bananas, eggs, dark brown sugar and vanilla. Whisk in the brown butter.
  8. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour and salt.
  9. Fold the flour mixture into the banana-butter batter.
  10. Pour the mixture over the prepared crust and spread evenly.
  11. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 to 55 minutes or until the top is firm and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs attached but not wet. Cool completely before cutting.

Comments: The taste of theses blondies is very interesting. At first, you just feel the rich flavor of the cooked butter but then you can taste the banana. I love it when you can actually taste the banana in baked banana goods. I was lucky enough to find Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafers. However, I know chocolate wafer cookies aren’t the easiest thing to find. If you don’t find any, you can always use Oreos instead since we are making a crumb crust. Remember to remove the cream filling before processing the Oreos though. The original recipe included 80 grams (1/2 cup) of chopped toasted walnuts; I omitted them because I’m not a fan of walnuts but feel free to do as you wish.

Chocolate-Crusted Banana Blondies, costado

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