Chai Blondies/Slice

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while! It’s been a crazy week at work and home. It’s nice to get away for a moment now and right about food.

This all started when I developed a bit of taste for chai latte’s over a weekend, which, quite quickly, subsided; but sparked an idea, since I’d just made brownies.

The thought of the spices in chai in a brownie form made me very curious, and happy given that its wintery now and warm spices can make all the difference on a cold day.

Now the challenge here was to make em from scratch, try to make them healthier, and adapt a baking recipe.

In my experience, baking recipes are, a little harder, to experiment with in comparison to stuff you make on the stove.

The recipe I figured out didn’t go exactly to plan, but I’ve amended it here to ensure it will work.

Also these blondies plus a few brownies made a great little Monday survival package for my team at work!

(Why not bribe them with food right?)

What you’ll need:

  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 5 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp Ground pepper
  • 5 tsp ground cloves (I had whole cloves which I used a coffee and spice grinder to make into a powder, you can do this with pepper corns and other spices as well)
  • ½ tsp Ground nutmeg
  • Chai latte mix
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 cup melted butter (I actually used a mixture of margarine and oil, just choose your preferred fat)
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar (press it into the cup as you go)
  • ½ tsp salt (if your using margarine, use less salt)
  • 1 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 2 tsp crushed instant coffee powder
  • Chopped macadamias
  • White choc chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs

Procedure:

Chai mix:

  1. Mix up your spice in the ratios above
  2. Smell it
  3. Make adjustments as necessary 😛
  4. Yes this is how I acutely did it, I smelt my favourite chai latte mix, tasted my favourite chai latte then altered the mixture accordingly.
  5. Take the ½ cup of milk and heat it for a about 1 minute in the microwave
  6. Add 1.5 tsp of the chai mix
  7. Let the flavours develop. I would recommend doing this the night before

Brownies

  1. Heat oven to 180 degrees C or 350 F. Line a baking pan with baking paper
  2. Add melted butter and sugar into a medium to large bowl and mix until combined
  3. Add the eggs (pre beating them usually helps), vanilla extract, chai mix steeped in milk, and salt then stir vigorously until smooth.
  4. When the batter looks well blended, add the flour and stir until thoroughly mixed
  5. Stir in desiccated coconut, chocolate chips, macadamia, coffee and the rest of the dry chai mix.
  6. Spread the batter evenly in the lined pan and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes (20 to be safe and then keep checking) until a toothpick (or fork :P) inserted into the middle comes out relatively clean.

Topping

  1. Melt white choc in a bowl. Whichever way works for you. I did mine in the microwave following packet instructions
  2. Add 2 to 3 pinches of the chai spice mix
  3. Add a tsp of vanilla extract
  4. You might find the mix gets a bit thick and not flowy, whether it thickens or remains flowy u can still sue it. Mine thickened and became a bit hard to work with but I was still able to spread it on top and bake the whole slice with the topping for a bit longer, to create a nice crumbly and tasty topping. If it stays flowy, awesome, pour it on and let it cool, then slice it up later.

 

YAY! NOMS ARE READY!

 

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