GYCO: Pear and Allspice Blondies

Good morning everyone!  
It’s time for the first Get Your Chef On competition of 2013.  
Woo!
 
 
Today I’m giving you a spin on the classic Blondie.  Nothing crazy or high end, just good simple comfort food.  Desserts should hug you when you eat them, and I could sure use a hug right now.
 
 
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Pear and Allspice Blondies
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Serves: 9 blondies
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 Bartlett pear, peeled, cored, and diced
Topping:
  • 2 Bartlett pears, halved and thin sliced
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9? x 9? baking dish with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, ½ teaspoon allspice, and salt; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together butter and 1 cup brown sugar until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla; mix until well combined. Add flour mixture to butter mixture in two additions, mixing until just combined after each addition. Add pears to batter and stir in by hand.
  4. Pour batter into prepared dish. In a small bowl, combine ¼ cup brown sugar and ¼ teaspoon allspice. Top batter with sliced pears.** Sprinkle brown sugar mixture over pears.
  5. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely.
Notes
**The pear topping for these Blondies is not from the original recipe. After waiting for these blondies to cool…I would NOT recommend doing the recipe this way. The center of the blondies was very, very wet and the edges were fine. I recommend topping your Blondies with Buttercream – skip the pear and brown sugar topping, and frost after the Blondies are completely cooled.


Comments

  1. says

    Yummy! Your recipe looks delicious, Julie!

    Sadly, my recipe ended up being a semi-disaster. On Sunday, I made pear jam. For some reason, the jam did not set properly so it was liquidy. This resulted in me not being able to make the recipe I was going to make with the jam. :/ I'm a little dissapointed. I don't know what I did wrong with the jam. I made Strawberry Champagne Jam last week and it turned out perfect! Better luck next time. Thanks so much for hosting the GYCO Challenges! :)

    Julie

  2. says

    Your recipe looks amazing! And wow… everyone else has had some fabulous recipe ideas! I bought a few pears this morning thinking I may turn in a last minute entry, but I am still drawing a blank & I am not sure I could compete with these other recipes anyways, lol! ;)
    I just may have to defend my crown again next go-round…

  3. says

    I just realized I didn't finish visiting everyone. I apologize for being so late. I love this recipe. I bought so many pears I made several different recipes. Thanks so much for hosting this challenge. It was a lot of fun.

    Thanks again,
    Joanne/Winelady Cooks

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