My school used to make a Bakewell tray slice for the canteen, but it would only appear every once and a while, there would be a stampede when it was spotted on the side to be bought at the break time. It almost took on a mystical quality at our school not being available every day and never knowing when it would be appearing again. In reality, it probably took ages for the dinner ladies to make up and were quicker bakes for them to make for us. With that in mind, I’ve made a recipe for Bakewell Blondies, channelling all the components of a Bakewell tart but a fraction of the time. For this recipe, there is a gooey blondie base with flaked almonds, plump glacé cherries and chunks of marzipan for almost a faux frangipane filling, all gooey and almondy and a classic icing topping.
You want to lightly fold in the delicious added ins, as you don’t want to fracture the flaked almonds to tiny pieces and whilst making sure the marzipan and cherries aren’t all in one spot. They will self settle in the oven and if anything more fun trying to find the piece with the most amount of marzipan in it.
Equipment You'll NeedPrint
Makes 9 Blondies
- 90g Unsalted Butter, melted and cooled slightly
- 225g Light Soft Brown Sugar
- 2 Large Free Range Eggs
- 180g Plain Flour
- 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 100g Marzipan, cubed
- 75g Glace Cherries, roughly chopped
- 25g Flaked Almonds
To Decorate –
- 25g Icing Sugar
- Splash of Water
- Oven to 175C, line an 8″ square tin with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, mix the melted butter and sugar until combined, then stir in the eggs. Combine in the flour, baking powder and salt and add the dry ingredients to the batter.
- Stir in the chopped marzipan, glace cherries and flaked almonds spoon the batter into the prepared tin and level the surface. Bake for 18-20 mins, until the golden on the surface. Allow to cool.
- To decorate, cut the blondie into 9 pieces. Mix the icing sugar with a tiny amount of water and mix to a thick paste. Spoon the icing into a piping bag and drizzle over the blondies. Or you can go wild and pour over them!
- Category: Desserts
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: British
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