So here’s something you cupcakes might not have know about us. Sometimes, very VERY rarely of course, but sometimes, we’re um, kinda lazy.
We always manage to dig deep and muster the strength to bake something, but walking to the store to get whatever we might need for whatever rather fabulous recipe we’ve picked out? Meh, not so much.
We know, we know, makes no sense. We’ll whisk and sift and frost and sprinkle for hours on end, but walking the 25 yards to the market to pick up the needed ingredients? Yeah, er, no.
It’s usually about that time when we take to the kitchen cabinets, the waaaay high up shelves, you know, where old Valentine’s Day candy goes to die, and root around for something we can throw into a baked good. You know what they say, laziness is the mother of invention. Wait, we might have that wrong…
Regardless, when we need to bake but can’t be bothered to get ourselves all the way to the store, we make blondies. Infinitely adaptable, delicious, easy and fast – they’re a lazy baker’s best friend. Seriously, one bowl, stir stir stir, done.
And most importantly, they can be made even with a bare bones baking cupboard.
On our most recent scour of the way tippy top baking shelf we made a major score. No, like Skor, those toffee candy bars.
Seriously, we have no idea where they came from. Have we ever bought a Skor bar? We’re kinda Heath bar girls, our allegiance runs deep, but whatever, we’re not questioning it.
A little therapeutic candy bar smashing, a quick stir, a sprinkle of sea salt and voila! Lazy baker blondies.
We perhaps should be lazy more often…
Salted Toffee Blondies
Makes 16 small squares
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup toffee pieces (we used crushed Skor bars)*
Sea salt, for sprinkling
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Butter an 8x8 square baking pan and set aside.
Stir together melted butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl until smooth. Add in egg and vanilla and mix until combined. Add flour, baking soda and baking powder to bowl and stir until all ingredients are incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl as you go. Add in toffee pieces.
Pour batter into pan, sprinkle all over with sea salt and bake for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow blondies to cool completely on a rack before cutting.
*You can tailor these blondies to your own personal tastes and add in whatever you like. Nuts, chocolate chips, dried fruit or any combination of works wonderfully. Be careful when using chocolate though, if you use too much (who knew there was such a thing), the blondies may not cook through in the same amount of time.