It's been too long.


 I haven't baked with chocolate in what feels like forever.  With so much beautiful fruit to work with who needs chocolate right?  (Actually I do - a little dark stuff every single day!)  Slowly, the reality of Fall is setting in.  The luscious fruit of the late summer is ebbing away.  I can't help but be a little sad (and resentful as I hustle off to work EARLY each morning on my bike or ready to run) to say good bye.  However, the oven on and the chocolate baking help get me through the sadness.




I got a Facebook message earlier this week from my sister who lives in far away Calgary.  She moved to Calgary about 10 years ago to get married and start a new life there.  My brother and his wife followed about 4 years after that.  They've all left me here in ON.  I don't get to see them very often and that's hard sometimes.  Last week was particularly difficult.  First week of school, Kid # 2 starting Junior Kindergarden, first week back to work, sister's husband working out of town for what promises to be a good long time, me getting some hefty dental work seen to.  It was all very overwhelming.  She sent me a sad, gushy, 'I-miss-you-it's-so-crappy-we-don't-live-closer-will-this-ever-change' message.




I wish that I could be there.  Ok.  Let's be honest.  I like my house, job, friends, general crap here in T.O.  and I wish that they could be here.  That's better.  However... it's not to be.  At least not for now.  So, Mel this is for you.  I'm baking this and each time I have some it will remind me of you.  Think of it as me raising a cold one for you... 'cause I love you and can't bring you out here myself.



I got this recipe from a site called The English Kitchen.  I think that she must bake or cook every single day or something.  It's out of control!  Either way, this recipe looked like just the thing....  Just a side note here, the Green and Black was out of this world (sayin something for me and white chocolate, huh?) and I didn't miss the nuts this time around.  






White/Dark Blondies from 'The English Kitchen'


1/2 cup + 1 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup brown sugar (I used the dark stuff)
1 tsp vanilla
3 large eggs, beaten
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
100 g bar of dark chocolate (I used Godiva dark)
100 g bar of white (I used Green and Blacks)
1/3 cup toasted walnuts (didn't have, didn't use)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease and flour an oblong or rectangular 8x12 baking dish.
Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl and set aside.
In another bowl combine the melted butter and the brown sugar together and mix well.  Add in the vanilla and the eggs.  Mix until fluffy.  Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and stir until everything is mixed.  Add in the chocolate and nuts (optional).  Mix and pour into the baking pan.  Bake for about 20 - 24 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.  Let the pan cool for about 10 minutes before cutting and serving.

 
Think of people that you love while you drink it with some milk or tea.

5 comments:

Steena Holmes said...

I happen to know that I love chocolate more than your sister ... but that's okay - I'll make sure I think of her too when I'm making these today ;)

(PSSST, Mel if you wanna come over cause I live closer, you can)

Wanda Thorne said...

Thanks for thinking of her... and inviting her over for me too. I'm totally not jealous of you guys or anything.

Melissa Strutt said...

OMG! I'm crying...seriously, crying right now. Thanks for the invite Steena...and thanks Wanda...for everything. So much to say, so little space. I LOVE YOU!! Miss you more than words can ever convey.
XOXOXOXO

Mel

Wanda Thorne said...

I know! The thought of Steena sharing bring tears to my eyes too. Ever so nice of her though. Take her up on it and enjoy a little white and dark on me ;-) and Steena ;-)

Steena Holmes said...

I'm late to this party - but I'm glad that you both recognize the sacrifice for me when I offer to share ;)

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