white chocolate, cardamom and orange blondies

Surprisingly, after a day of making and serving food at work I still want to come home and bake! I made these yesterday, very much as an experiment. The combination of white chocolate, cardamom and orange in a blondie (a pale version of a brownie) is not something I can take credit for – I had one in a café in Bath a little while ago, and the idea has stuck with me! I’ve not quite replicated the one I had; the original was much more dense and gooey whereas this one is a bit more cake-like. But I’m very happy with the result. The cardamom stops the blondie from being too sweet, and the orange zest ties it altogether beautifully.

{I based the recipe off one in my AWW cookbook but made quite a lot of it up as I was going along, so here goes!}

Ingredients:

  • 175g butter
  • 200g white chocolate {although I’d maybe increase this to 250?}
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 cup self-raising flour
  • 6-7 cardamom pods (this came to just less than 1/2 tsp of the crushed seeds)

Method:

Preheat your oven to 170°C and line a smallish tin with greaseproof paper.
Melt the butter and 100g of the chocolate together in a saucepan, then leave to cool (for about 10 mins). 
Zest the orange; chop up the remaining chocolate into small pieces; split open the cardamom pods and crush the seeds as much as possible (I used the end of a rolling pin). 
Transfer the chocolate-butter mixture into a mixing bowl and stir in the sugar and then the eggs
Sift the flours together and then fold them in. Finally, add the choc bits, orange zest and cardamom and stir through before pouring into the tin.
Bake for around 20 minutes (should be golden on top). Cut into small pieces to serve!
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