Pecan Fudge Blondies

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Pecan Fudge Blondies

It's Cake Week on Great British Bake Off and the signature bakes round has served as inspiration for this delicious traybake recipe. Classic blondies have a fudge-like flavour, achieved here with the brown sugar and vanilla combination as well as the pieces of actual fudge stirred in. These have the great flavour of pecan pie without the need for pastry making! You will need a shallow 30 x 32cm baking tin.

Ingredients


150g pecan nuts
140g vanilla fudge
3 eggs, at room temperature
170g unsalted butter,softened
75g caster sugar
150g soft light brown sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract
200g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Line the baking tin with baking parchment
  2. Spread the pecan nuts out on a separate baking tray and toast in the oven for 10–15 minutes. Tip onto a plate to cool, then roughly chop the nuts.
  3. Cut the fudge into very small dice. Break the eggs into a small bowl and, using a fork, beat lightly to break them up. Set aside.
  4. Cream the butter and sugars together in a medium bowl until pale and fluffy, using an electric whisk. Add the eggs in several additions, beating well after each addition, then stir in the vanilla, using a large metal spoon or a spatula.
  5. Sift in the flour, baking powder and salt and add the chopped pecans and all but 1 tbsp of the fudge. Stir well to combine.
  6. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and scatter the remaining fudge over the surface. Bake in the middle of the oven for about 30 minutes until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs still clinging to it.
  7. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin set on a wire rack. Remove when almost cooled and peel away the lining paper. Cut into squares while still warm.

Author: Ailie Bishop

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