Haven't baked much in awhile now, with trying to improve our eating and lose a few pounds. However this is my hubby's birthday week and I decided to make something new for him. He loves butterscotch, and usually loves brownies so I decided to try making Butterscotch Brownies. (Really Blondies, I guess!)
I found a recipe online for Nestle's Butterscotch Brownies. I used organic brown eggs, organic pure vanilla extract and real butter. (No low fat margarine this time). They came out beautifully!
I noticed many similar recipes on Pinterest and photos that looked like the Brownies/Blondies came out flat and thin. I think either it was from using low fat margarine products and/or from over-stirring the batter. I mixed this enough to be combined well, but tried not to over stir so the texture would be just right and they would rise properly. The batter was thick and firm, and I pressed gently into a 13x9 pan. The recipe said to use an ungreased pan but I did use nonstick spray - I was afraid it would stick. I think this helped the edges crisp up nicely as well.
The Recipe I used is below. My hubby and son really loved these! None of us has had a Butterscotch Brownie/Blondie before. They were eaten in squares like a bar cookie, but I am sure they would be delicious with a small scoop of vanilla bean ice cream with a drizzle of melted butterscotch over it.
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 3/4 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 (11 ounce) package NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Butterscotch Flavored Morsels, divided
1 cup nuts, chopped (I used Pecans)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.
Beat butter, brown sugar, and vanilla extract in a large mixer bowl until creamy.
Beat in eggs.
Gradually beat in flour mixture.
Stir in 1 cup morsels, and nuts.
Spread into ungreased 13x9-inch baking pan.
Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool in pan on wire rack.
My hubby's actual birthday is Saturday this week. He is not a big fan of birthday cake - so I think I will stick with the Butterscotch theme and make him a Butterscotch Pie for his birthday. He loves whipped cream on pie...so I'm thinking that will be just the treat for his special day.....then back to our diets!