Sunday, 9 November 2008

Blueberry Blondies

Let me tell you the last few months have been full on for Chopper and myself. Work has been really busy for both of us, a good busy, very productive. We have not had alot of time for play. All of a sudden Christmas is nearly upon us and we just had Choppers birthday and he was extremely spoilt.
As we all know I have done quite a few recipes featuring blueberries. There Choppers favourite, what can I say, I love my Husband. So for his birthday this weekend I played and made him some Blueberry Blondies. Basically a white chocolate version of Brownies. These are super moist and are not for the faint hearted, like alot of my recipes. My little Peanut started helping me with them but he was more interested in the white chocolate chunks in the bowl. Being nearly 3 he is fascinated with everything at the moment and full of questions, one particular question that he uses probably 50 times a day is 'What's that mummy?' He is so beautiful, I am so lucky. Actually, I had a conversation with another mother a couple of weeks ago. I was going on about how much I adore all my children, my Husband and how the house wouldn't be the same without their constant chatter and mischievous behaviour and she looked mortified. You know that look someone gets when it's like (you've gotta be joking). It took me back a bit for a moment. Most of the people I know adore their families as much as I do. It makes me realise how lucky I am to have them. Maddy and I were making bruschetta and her daughter followed me around all over the place. The little girl preceded to tell my Maddy while they were playing that she was very lucky because her Mum never talks to her. Now that saddens me, I don't know how to help her, but it also makes me feel like I am on the right track with my children by talking to them. Someone said to me once when Ben & Maddy were very little 'if you talk to them and listen to them throughout their adolescent years they will continue to talk to you during the hardest years of puberty and teenage/highschool life'. To true, that has always stuck in my mind. Even though I work full time, I still talk to my children. Trust me, I am not perfect but these little things keep me on track as a parent and as a person. It also reminds me that I have broken the cycle and I have come out of my hard childhood and not become my mother. My friends in Brisbane are beautiful mothers, like me they work full time and I admire them for all that they do and how much commitment they have to their families. You know who you are, in particular K and C!
Sorry, I have digressed, back to the Blondies. These turned out to be a triumph, just beautiful and really easy. I tweaked a lovely Woman's Weekly recipe. So here it is and I hope you enjoy them.

Blueberry Blondies
  • 125g butter, chopped
  • 200g white eating chocolate
  • 3/4 cup (165g) castor sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup (75g) self raising flour
  • 100g white eating chocolate, chopped extra
  • 250g of fresh blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon of icing sugar
Preheat you oven to 180c. Grease and line a slice pan with grease proof paper. Melt the butter and 200g of white chocolate over a low heat until all melted together and allow to cool slightly. In a large bowl add the flours sifted, sugar, egg, extra chopped chocolate and blueberries. Then add the melted chocolate and butter mix and combine all together. Spread mixture into slice pan. Bake for 40 Min's until firm and golden in colour. Allow to cool and cut into squares, dust with icing sugar. Done!
P.S. I am also just about finished reading Gordon Ramsay's Autobiography, Humble Pie. Wow, what an amazing read. He is so inspiring and so passionate. You have to read it! He is an incredible man. This is going to sound silly but he reminds me of myself. Coming through a hard and poor childhood has made him more determined, more passionate and more disciplined. Except............ I am not rich and famous LOL, what a bummer. Kudos to you Mr Ramsay!