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Honey and almond blondies

Honey and almond blondies - these are so easy, and could be made entirely with stuff I had in the house already! They're squidgy and moist, and the sweet honey flavour really comes through. These are going in the 'make regularly' pile!

These honey and almond blondies were born out of a totally failed attempt at baking. I originally tried to make some little shortbread bites, but somehow managed to well and truly screw them up (I know, shortbread is like three ingredients, surely it’s not even possible to mess it up? Turns out it is when you’re me!).

Rather than allow my tiny shred of baking self-confidence to be totally ruined by my failure, I was keen to try baking something else instead – but, I had absolutely no desire to go out to the shops for the second time in a day (it’s November, it’s cold, it’s wet, it’s dark… I don’t leave the house in situations like this).

Honey and almond blondies - these are so easy, and could be made entirely with stuff I had in the house already! They're squidgy and moist, and the sweet honey flavour really comes through. These are going in the 'make regularly' pile!

This led to me Googling what desserts I could make using entirely store cupboard ingredients, and I stumbled upon these maple and pecan blondies from The Kitchn. Of course, I can never follow a recipe to a T, so I did make quite a few changes, most notably turning them into honey and almond blondies instead. I replaced some of the flour with ground almonds, topped them with flaked almonds, and used honey in place of the maple syrup.

The result: wow. I’m a bloomin’ baking queen.

Honey and almond blondies - these are so easy, and could be made entirely with stuff I had in the house already! They're squidgy and moist, and the sweet honey flavour really comes through. These are going in the 'make regularly' pile!

Okay, maybe not quite, but these blondies could make anyone feel like a star. They really couldn’t be easier to make – mix your dry ingredients, mix your wet ingredients, and combine – but they end up being completely amazing.

Honey and almond blondies - these are so easy, and could be made entirely with stuff I had in the house already! They're squidgy and moist, and the sweet honey flavour really comes through. These are going in the 'make regularly' pile!

The flavour of the honey really comes through – they’re quite sweet, but if you’re okay with really sweet desserts, you’ll love these. Strangely, despite not having a very sweet tooth and craving desserts very rarely, when I do indulge I like my dessert to be nice and sweet – if you’re going to do something, you may as well do it properly, right?

Honey and almond blondies - these are so easy, and could be made entirely with stuff I had in the house already! They're squidgy and moist, and the sweet honey flavour really comes through. These are going in the 'make regularly' pile!

The almonds on top get nice and toasty in the oven, and if you leave them ever so slightly undercooked in the middle, the cake itself is super squidgy and moist (sorry, there’s no other word for it). You only need a small piece to feel completely satisfied, so this batch will serve around 16.

So next time you’re not feeling too happy about your baking abilities, try these honey and almond blondies. You won’t be disappointed!

Honey and almond blondies - these are so easy, and could be made entirely with stuff I had in the house already! They're squidgy and moist, and the sweet honey flavour really comes through. These are going in the 'make regularly' pile!

Honey and almond blondies

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Servings: 16 squares
Calories:
Author: Becca Heyes

Ingredients

  • 200 g plain flour (~ 1 cup)
  • 65 g ground almonds (~ 2/3 cup)
  • 185 g light brown sugar (~ 1 cup)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 110 g butter (~ 8 tbsp), melted and cooled
  • 150 ml honey (~ 1/2 cup)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp flaked almonds

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 190°C (Gas Mark 5 / 375°F).
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, ground almonds, brown sugar, and baking powder. Mix thoroughly.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the melted butter, honey, vanilla extract, and eggs.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and fold together to form a thick batter.
  • Lightly grease a lined baking tin (mine measured 8 x 8 inches), and pour in the batter. Spread it around to smooth out the top, and sprinkle on the flaked almonds.
  • Bake for around 25 minutes, or until the blondies are just set in the centre. They should still be quite soft. Leave to cool, then cut into 16 squares and serve.

Honey almond blondies NI

Note: Nutritional information is approximate, and will depend on exactly what ingredients you choose.

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Nicki Escudero

Sunday 12th of June 2016

Hi, Becca, I made these yesterday, and they were delicious! Thanks for teaching me the art of baking you have mastered. :-), Nicki

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Thursday 16th of June 2016

Yay I'm so glad you enjoyed them Nicki! I'm definitely not a baking master, but these are so easy aren't they :)

Rosie

Wednesday 18th of November 2015

That is exactly the kind of thing I would do- have a baking disaster and feel the need to try again, but not quite enough energy to leave the house and buy ingredients! Also, thank you for apologising for saying 'moist' :s

gigi

Wednesday 18th of November 2015

So,...for the ground almond,...is that something you buy,...or do you grind up almonds?

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Wednesday 18th of November 2015

I bought them already ground, but I'm sure you could grind your own :) It's just like a powder.

Nadia's Healthy Kitchen

Tuesday 17th of November 2015

They look so good!! I love blondies. They're so rich and moist :)

Janie

Tuesday 17th of November 2015

And now I'm craving cake at 8.21am!!! :D They do look fine, and I'm exactly the same re the sweet stuff - mostly not fussed about eating sweet treats, but when I do I want LOTS of icing or buttercream on top! Janie x

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Tuesday 17th of November 2015

It just seems pointless to eat dessert if it's not going to be nice and sweet! ;)

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