A few weeks ago, my boyfriend came back from the shops holding two beaten up bananas and asked me to ‘Do something with these.’ Here’s how the conservation went:
Him: “Do something with these.”
Me: “Did you buy them like this?”
Him: “No they got broken.”
Him: “They were in the shopping bag and as I walked my leg hit against them.”
Yeah, he’s always like this.
Anyway, when presented with two overripe bananas I always go to make banana cake. However, my boyfriends house does not have a loaf tin. In fact, it did not have a mixing bowl or a set of scales until a couple of weeks ago. Plus, I have yet to mention every work surface in his kitchen is covered in dishes. How am I to create in these conditions? But I did. We managed to drag out a baking tin from the back of the cupboard and I baked some banana blondies.
A blondie is a rich, sweet dessert bar. Blondies resemble the traditional chocolate brownie, but are based on brown sugar instead of cocoa; they are sometimes referred to as blonde brownies. They may have a taste reminiscent of butterscotch. Blondies are sometimes served in sundaes, often topped with caramel sauce.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blondie_(confection)
The recipe was just made up on the spot really as a combination of my banana bread and brownie recipe. It was super easy and quick to make and they are really scrummy. They went down a treat in my boyfriend’s house but I don’t think that says much seeing as I don’t think their kitchen as seen a baked good since the dawn of time.
Later on, I thought to add toffee (well Dulce de leche, which tastes similar and has an easier consistency to work with) and the beautiful banoffee blondies were born. Banana and toffee is a heavenly combination. The recipe isn’t quite perfect yet so I’ll keep you posted in my endeavours for the perfect blondie. If you know the key, please comment below!!
Ingredients (serves 12)
- 225g (8oz) butter
- 225g (8oz) light brown sugar
- 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 overripe bananas, mashed
- 4 large eggs
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 100g (3 1/2 oz) plain white flour
- 50g (1 3/4 oz) Dulce de leche (I made the mine using condensed/ evaporated milk but you use shop-bought)
- toffee pieces, nuts, raisins etc. (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 180ºC/ 160ºC fan (355ºF/ 320ºF fan). Grease a 20×20 cm (8×8 in) baking tray.
- Make your Dulce de leche.
- In a bowl, mash bananas and stir in the Dulce de leche.
- Melt the butter, sugar and vanilla in a pan over a medium heat. Add to the bananas and mix well.
- Add the eggs and salt. Mix well.
- Sift in the flour and mix until just combined. This is also the time to add toffee pieces, nuts and what-not.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 30-40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
- Cool completely before cutting. Serving as a part of a sundae sounds amazing!