Monday, January 28, 2008

Any Excuse to Bake

One of my friends recently moved into his first NYC apartment. This meant a housewarming party. This meant baking. Behold Strawberry-Chocolate Chip Blondie Bars from Veganomicon.

As written, these are supposed to be Raspberry-Chocolate Chip Blondie Bars, but I've been reading articles about raspberry insect infestations and bugs are neither kosher nor vegan, so I went with strawberries instead.

These things are great because even without taking the jam shortcut, they were easy and fast enough to make at midnight after a concert (Ambulance LTD is doing a residency at Union Hall under the name Impervious. Two dates left: 1/31 and 2/7. Be there!). There's no blender, food processor or beaters required either, so they can be made quietly in the middle of the night, too.

These made me kind of nervous because I like everything really well done, so I left them in the oven significantly longer than indicated in the recipe because I wanted them to get brown...even though blondies aren't usually all that brown. Despite that, when I cut them into bars, they were still so gooey I thought they might be underdone. Before bringing them to the party, we had taste tests at home. They definitely didn't taste raw! They tasted like sweet chocolate strawberry goodness. People at the party seemed to like them too, which was cool since it was almost all omnis. I believe we can call these bars a success.

Hooray for yummy baked goods that aren't cupcakes!


Traci Anne said...

*drool* I would think the strawberry would be just as good, if not better than, the raspberry! These look fabulous!

Alissa said...

Damn cousin! I think you need to bring that to the next family gathering!