Friday, September 14, 2012

Blond Moment Bars


      We all need a treat at some point in the day. I'm I right or am I right? I don't think I could face the day without a piece of chocolate or a nibble of something sweet. And today I had a blond moment. No, not that kind. The kind with white chocolate and macadamia nuts. Yes, that kind. Sure I was off today but that doesn't mean I wasn't working. Do you feel me ladies, shopping, laundry, cleaning, de-fleaing?! (Hopefully not the last one for you, I wouldn't wish that on anyone. However we have 3 animals and it goes with the territory). The only thing that got me through was knowing I was going to make blond moment bars and eat several of them before my husband got home.
     It's a super easy recipe, you don't even need a mixer. The bars are sweet from the white chocolate and salty from the  macadamia nuts and chewy from the addition of a little almond flour. I used a 9 by 9 inch pan and got 16 of them because they are on the rich side. Speaking of rich, if you don't want to spring for the macadamias than walnuts would be a good second choice although you will lose that salty note. Also I used a bar of Perugina white chocolate because I'm a bit of a snob when it comes right down to it but feel free to use chips or any chocolate of your choice.

Blond Moment Bars

1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (plus some for the pan)
1/4 cup almond flour (the secret to moist baked goods)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup soft butter (plus some for the pan)
1 cup raw sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped salted macadamia nuts
1/2 cup chopped white chocolate 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease and flour a 9 inch square baking pan. Combine flour, almond flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. By hand or in a mixer, cream the soft butter, add sugar and mix well. Add egg and vanilla and beat to combine. Fold in flour mixture just until it's incorporated. Fold in chopped white chocolate. Transfer mixture to baking pan and level with a spatula. Evenly distribute chopped macadamia nuts on top and press slightly into batter. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Makes 16 bars. Cool before cutting or if you're like me just eat the first one hot. (Not responsible for you burning the roof of your mouth).

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