December 26, 2011

Curry Cashew Blondies

I like to play with food. In my world, there are no culinary no-nos, only flavor combinations that I will not try again. I had never made blondies before and I wanted to try them out, but they seemed so, well, boring. I wanted to incorporate interesting flavor into the cookies and I thought curry and cashews work so well together in savory dishes, perhaps they would work in a sweet application. Success!! These are awesome all by themselves or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and some caramel sauce. Note: vanilla ice cream sprinkled with curry powder and topped with caramel sauce and chopped cashews is fantastic too!

Yield: 9 large or 16 mini bars

8 tablespoons butter, melted, plus more for pan
1 cup packed brown sugar (or 1 cup white sugar and 3 Tbsp molasses, cause that's how brown sugar is made anyway)
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 2/3 cups gluten-free flour mix
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tsp xanthan gum
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup cashews, coarsely chopped (about 3 ounces)
4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1 Tbsp sugar
1 1/2+ Tbsp curry powder (depending on your tastes)
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a small bowl, mix together cream cheese, 1Tbsp sugar, 1/4 tsp salt and curry powder; set aside.

Coat an 8x8 baking pan with butter (you can also spray it with oil spray). Combine melted butter and brown sugar in a mixing bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer, and mix until well combined. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until combined. Add gluten-free flour mix, xanthan gum, sea salt and cashews and mix until all ingredients are well incorporated. Scrape into prepared baking pan and spread out.

Evenly dot the top of the blondie batter with cream cheese mixture and use a knife to swirl it through. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Allow the blondies to cool completely before cutting. Enjoy!

Note: If you dont' like the idea of curry in blondies, just leave it out and enjoy cashew cream cheese blondies instead!

More to come with Love!

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