I’ve mentioned previously that I do love me a hot cross bun, they are and I will fight anyone who says differently, the most underrated yet utterly delicious sweet treat that comes out at Easter.
Ok, so fight is a little strong as I’ve got one permanently dislocated shoulder, another that dislocates regularly and I’m completely wheelchair bound (I’m really selling myself here aren’t I haha) so quite frankly it wouldn’t be a fair fight BUT you get my gist.
Moving swiftly on…
I was scrolling through Pinterest when I came across this ‘hot cross blondie’ recipe which had been written by one of my favourite bakers on the internet: The Baking Explorer. As you can imagine, her pictures alone had me sold.
I’ve tried a variety of hot cross bun flavoured sweet treats over the last couple of years (some I’ve even created and shared myself) but I’ve got to say, I think I hit the jackpot finding this recipe written by Kat. Combining the well known and very much loved flavours of a hot cross bun with the sweetness of white chocolate to create a batch of blondies is just genius to me.
So guess what? Yup, that’s right, I had to put them to the test. I got my butt into that kitchen of mine and got baking. Let’s just say… these were bites of pure heaven.
They’re soft, they’re gooey, they’re packed full of flavour and every single person who tried my batch of these not only loved the uniqueness of these blondies but all said they were hooked by the flavours. They even asked for the recipe themselves!
I can’t take credit for this bake though as I didn’t create it – that’s all down to Kat and her incredible baking skills. So, if you’d like to check out the original post, it’s linked here: https://pin.it/3XVOGS9
If these intrigue you as much as they did me and they’ve got you wanting to try them, you know the drill. Keep on scrolling for the recipe. You’ll love it, I promise!
Category: Sweet Treat
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 30-35 Minutes
Decorating Time: 5 Minutes
Overall Time: 50-60 Minutes
Ingredients You Need For Blondies:
- 250g Of Butter / Stork
- 300g Of Light Brown Sugar
- 300g Of White Chocolate, Chopped
- 2tsp Of Vanilla Extract
- 3 Large Eggs
- 250g Of Plain Flour
- 2tsp Of Mixed Spice
- 1tsp Of Ground Cinnamon
- 200g Of Mixed Dried Fruit
- 200g Of White Chocolate Chips
Ingredients You Need To Decorate:
- 30g Of White Chocolate, Melted
How To Make Blondies:
- Firstly, gather together your equipment and ingredients, line a 9inch square baking tin with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 180C / 160C Fan / Gas Mark 4.
- Secondly, in a large saucepan, over a low heat, melt together the 250g of butter and 300g of light brown sugar.
- Once melted, take the saucepan off the heat and add in the 300g of chopped white chocolate. Allow to sit for a minute or so to melt, then stir together.
- Now that everything has melted, set the saucepan to one side for 5 minutes to cool.
- When the mixture has cooled, transfer into a large mixing bowl.
- Using an electric whisk, whisk the mixture whilst pouring in the 3 large eggs until fully incorporated.
- Next, whisk in the 250g of plain flour, 2tsp of mixed spice and 1tsp of ground cinnamon until combined.
- In a separate large bowl, toss 200g of mixed fruit and 200g of chocolate chips in a little flour (this is to avoid them from sinking to the bottom of the blondie whilst cooking).
- Once tossed in flour, using a rubber spatula, fold in the mixed fruit and chocolate chips into the blondie batter.
- Pour the batter into your lined baking tin and place into the oven for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown all over and a skewer placed into the centre comes out mostly clean (TIP: I say ‘mostly’ due to my family liking a gooey blondie. If you prefer it to be slightly harder, allow it to cook until the skewer comes out completely clean).
- When finished baking, take out the oven and allow to cool in the tin, in the fridge for a couple of hours.
How To Decorate The Blondies:
- Now that the blondies have cooled, it’s time to add the finishing touch.
- Remove the blondies from the baking tin and cut into 12 pieces.
- Next, in a microwaveable bowl, add 30g of white chocolate and place into the microwave. In 10 second blasts, blast the chocolate until completely melted.
- Take the melted chocolate out the microwave and pour straight into a piping bag.
- Finally, snip a very small amount off the tip of the piping bag and pipe a cross shape onto each piece of blondie.
That’s your Hot Cross Blondies prepared, baked and decorated, ready for you to enjoy!
You can’t deny how unbelievably good these sound, can you?
I just love the combination of ingredients used for todays bake. They all work so beautifully together and create something not only blooming delicious but unique and different also.
Let me know in the comments below if you make these blondies yourself and if you do, what your thoughts are on them. Are you as obsessed as we are?
Sending you all tons of love & hugs as always,