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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

BLUEBERRY BLONDIES from Billionaire Blend by Cleo Coyle


With blueberry season in full swing, my husband (and partner in crime-writing) asked me to bake up a pan of these babies this week. Marc thought I should call them Mondies. They are, after all, a cross between a Muffin and a BlondieFrankly, I prefer Bluffin

http://dominiqueansel.com/cronut-101/
Chef Ansel's Cronut 
No, it's not exactly Pastry Chef Dominique Ansel’s world-famous cross between a croissant and a doughnut, aka the Cronut ™. Nonetheless, it is an amazingly delicious mash-up. Here's why...

My Blueberry Blondies have...

(A.) The cozy familiarity of a blueberry muffin, but with...

(B.) Delicious caramel and butterscotch background notes (from the butter, brown sugar, and vanilla), and a...

(C.) Slightly chewy texture and crusty top reminiscent of a true blondie, even more so after they've cooled completely. They're also...

HEALTHIFIED! (Well, somewhat, anyway.)

An 8-inch square pan of blondies would typically call for 1 whole stick (8 T.) of butter. I’m using only 3 T. butter and including plenty of blueberries, a superfood that offers nutrition and fiber. I also use mostly brown sugar, which has a tad more nutrition value than white.


Once strained, Norwegian Egg Coffee
produces a very pretty (and smooth!)
amber-colored beverage. The egg
proteins are what make the magic, as they
do in today's recipe for Blueberry Blondies.
To see my recipe for Norwegian
Egg Coffee, click here.
The key to maintaining the chewy texture with less butter is the astringent ingredient (in this case vinegar, but you could also use lemon juice). It interacts with the proteins in the incredible, edible egg (a baker's trick that's been around for years). 

To see more egg-protein magic of the culinary variety, click here, and read my post about Norwegian Egg Coffee. The egg helps clarify the brew, and a Norwegian chemist explains it all for us.

May you eat with joy and (slightly) less guilt. 

~ Cleo





Billionaire Blondies? Yes!


Cleo Coyle has a partner in
crime-writing—her husband.
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by clicking here and here.
A delicious, low-fat cross between a butterscotch blondie and a blueberry muffin, these Blueberry Blondies are a bonus recipe from one of our most popular Coffeehouse Mysteries, Billionaire Blend, in which Clare, our coffeehouse manager and amateur sleuth, saves the life of a high-tech billionaire who hires her to create the most expensive coffee blend on the planet. A dream come true? Maybe not...


Billionaire Blend:
A Coffeehouse Mystery
by Cleo Coyle
As Clare is pulled deeper into Eric Thorner's world, a mesmerizing circle of cutting-edge luxuries and cutthroat rivalries, she begins to wonder: Is this charming CEO marked for termination? Or is he the one making a killing? 

To solve this case, Clare will have to bribe a bomb squad lieutenant; conjure up a menu for a "billionaire's potluck"; fix her daughter's love life; stop a Slayer while working with one; and stay alive while doing it.

To see more of the recipes featured in this (our 13th) culinary mystery from our long-running series, click hereAnd enjoy today's bonus recipe, which can be made with fresh or frozen blueberries, so you can eat with blueberry joy all year round...




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Cleo Coyle's Blueberry Blondies


Makes one 8-inch square pan of blondies 
(In my photo, you see 16 squares)


INGREDIENTS

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (Do not omit! The cider
   interacts with the eggs to create the proper texture.)


1 cup light brown sugar, packed

1/4 cup white, granulated sugar 

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest (grated rind of a lemon,
   yellow only, no bitter white pith)

1/4 teaspoon table salt (+ a generous pinch)

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled a bit 

1/8 teaspoon baking soda 

1 cup all-purpose flour 

1 cup frozen (or fresh) blueberries 



DIRECTIONS: 

Step 1 - Prep oven and pan: Preheat oven to 325° F. Because this is a relatively low fat recipe and blueberries secrete juice as they bake, the best way to prevent sticking is to create a parchment paper sling for your 8-inch square pan (see my photo).




Step 2 – One bowl mixing method: Into a large mixing bowl, break 2 eggs, add the cider vinegar, and whisk well. Add the brown and white sugars, vanilla extract, lemon zest, and salt. Whisk until well blended. Add the melted (and cooled!) butter and the baking soda. Whisk again until smooth. Now add the flour and switch to a spoon or spatula, stirring well. (Do not over-mix at this point.) Gently fold in the blueberries, trying not to smash or crush them.

Step 3 – Bake: Transfer batter to the prepared baking pan and bake in your well pre-heated 325° F oven for 30 to 40 minutes (exact time depends on your oven, mine takes exactly 38 minutes). The low temperature and long cooking time helps with even baking. The blondies are done when the top is golden brown and displaying slight cracking (as you see in my photos and as you usually find on the top surface of brownies or blondies). To be sure the blondies are done, insert a test toothpick into the middle of the pan. It should come out with no wet batter clinging to it (blueberry juice and/or moist crumbs are okay, just not wet batter).

Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before gently lifting by the parchment paper handles. Cut into 16 squares. 

  
  F o o d i e  
Photos


Adding melted (and cooled)
butter to the batter.



Batter is thick but loose enough to pour.
Be sure to even it out in the pan.














Eat (and read) with joy!

~ Cleo Coyle

New York Times bestselling author of  
The Coffeehouse Mysteries


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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

How to Make my BILLIONAIRE BLUEBERRY BLONDIES by Cleo Coyle


Marc, my husband (and partner in crime-writing) thought I should call these Mondies. They are, after all, a cross between a Muffin and a Blondie

Frankly, I prefer Bluffin


http://dominiqueansel.com/cronut-101/
Chef Ansel's Cronut 
No, it's not exactly Pastry Chef Dominique Ansel’s world-famous cross between a croissant and a doughnut, aka the Cronut ™. Nonetheless, it is an amazingly delicious mash-up. Here's why...

My "Billionaire" Blueberry Blondies have...

A. The cozy familiarity of a blueberry muffin, but with...

B. Delicious caramel and butterscotch background notes (from the butter, brown sugar, and vanilla), and a...

C. Satisfyingly chewy texture and crusty top reminiscent of a true blondie, even more so after they've cooled completely. They're also...

HEALTHIFIED! (Well, somewhat, anyway.)

Typically for an 8-inch square pan of blondies, you would use 1 whole stick (8 T.) of butter. I’m using only 3 T. butter and including plenty of blueberries, which offer nutrition and fiber. Of course, there is plenty of sugar in this recipe, so don’t overdo it--even though brown sugar does have a tad more nutrition value than white. With all things in moderation (even moderation), may you eat with joy and (slightly) less guilt. ~ Cleo






Cleo Coyle’s 
Cleo Coyle, fan of culinary
mash-ups, is author of 
The Coffeehouse
Mysteries
"Billionaire"
Blueberry Blondies


Last week, I mentioned how magical the proteins in an egg can be in the process of making Scandinavian Egg Coffee, courtesy of a Norwegian chemist. (Get that recipe by clicking here.) Well this week, the protein in the egg is working to give these Blueberry Blondies just the right texture without adding tons of butter. The vinegar is the key ingredient in unlocking that trick (yeah, science!), which means you cannot sub out the vinegar or the eggs and get the same product. Ditto on the butter. Don’t sub it for oil or you won’t get the butterscotch flavor note with the brown sugar.


Billionaire Blend:
A Coffeehouse Mystery
To learn more, click here.
As for the "billioniare" moniker on these babies, my readers might recall these blondies from a scene in Billionaire Blend, the brand new entry in my culinary mystery series. 

Near the end of this murder mystery, an Australian billionaire visits the coffeehouse managed by Clare Cosi, my amateur sleuth. The man offers Clare information on the murder case she's become involved with—and he makes her a suspicious proposition. While Clare is deciding whether or not to take the man's tempting offer (along with a first class plane ticket out of the frigid New York winter and into the sunny warmth of South Beach, Florida), she serves him up these blondies. He enjoyed them immensely. Marc and I hope you do, too...












To download this recipe in a free PDF document that you can print, save, or share, click here.




Makes one 8-inch square pan of blondies 
(In my photo, you see 16 squares)


INGREDIENTS

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (Do not omit! The cider
   interacts with the eggs to create the proper texture.)


1 cup light brown sugar, packed

1/4 cup white, granulated sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest (grated rind of a lemon,
   yellow only, no bitter white pith)

1/4 teaspoon table salt (+ a generous pinch)

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled a bit

1/8 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup frozen (or fresh) blueberries



DIRECTIONS:

Step 1 - Prep oven and pan: Preheat oven to 325° F. Because this is a relatively low fat recipe and blueberries secrete juice as they bake, the best way to prevent sticking is to create a parchment paper sling for your 8-inch square pan (see my photo).

Step 2 – One bowl mixing method: Into a large mixing bowl, break 2 eggs, add the cider vinegar, and whisk well. Add the brown and white sugars, vanilla extract, lemon zest, and salt. Whisk until well blended. Add melted (and cooled!) butter and the baking soda. Whisk again until smooth. Now add the flour and switch to a spoon or spatula, stirring well. (Do not over-mix at this point.) Gently fold in the blueberries, trying not to smash or crush them.

Step 3 – Bake: Transfer batter to the prepared baking pan and bake in your well pre-heated 325° F oven for 30 to 40 minutes (exact time depends on your oven, mine takes exactly 38 minutes). The low temperature and long cooking time helps with even baking. The blondies are done when the top is golden brown and displaying slight cracking (as you see in my photos and as you usually find on the top surface of a brownie or blondie). 
To be sure the blondies are done, insert a test toothpick into the middle of the pan. It should come out with no wet batter clinging to it (blueberry juice and/or moist crumbs are okay, just not wet batter).

Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before gently lifting by the parchment paper handles. Cut into 16 squares and...eat with joy! ~ Cleo


  
  F o o d i e  
Photos

Adding melted (and cooled)
butter to the batter.


Batter is thick but loose enough to pour.
Be sure to even it out in the pan.








To download this recipe in
a fee PDF format, click here.




Bake (and read) with joy!
~ Cleo Coyle

New York Times bestselling author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries

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