Gluten free raspberry blondies; call me

Call me, (call me) on the line, call me, call me, any anytime. Ah, Debbie Harry, singer of that iconic seventies new wave punk band, Blondie. You were the epitome of cool with your husky tones and mad two toned hair.

This is not that kind of Blondie. The other day, Kid 1 said to Kid 2 in a disappointed parent tone of voice ‘You are such an excluder’.

Dark chocolate is my bestie, milk chocolate is a good friend but thus far, white chocolate has always been excluded from the party.

White Chocolate: Go on…be my friend, go on, like me.
Cheergerm: White Chocolate, you are just too needy for me and well, I don’t want to hurt your feelings but you are too damn sweet.

Not wanting to be accused of being ‘An Excluder’, I got me a block of fancy pants white chocolate. In high hopes that the greater cocoa mass (30% as opposed to well, nothing in some other brands) might make it less tooth achingly sweet. Having always adored a brownie, it seemed only fair to try baking a gluten free blondie.

This recipe took two attempts, and was more successful the second time around. A flour change (like an underwear change) made a textural difference and I adjusted the baking time. There is no denying that this is a sweet baked goodie but it had that smooth, good chocolate mouth feel. The tangy raspberries cut the white chocolate richness perfectly and the crackle ackle meringue like exterior contrasted with a beautifully moist centre. It was taken to a family shindig and was gobbled up quickly. My hesistancy was assuaged by the rave reviews. This blondie goes really well with a good cup of coffee.

Will white chocolate be invited to the party more often? Yes, but only every now and then. (I would so invite Debbie Harry to the party if I thought she would rock up.)

GLUTEN FREE RASPBERRY BLONDIES

WHAT YOU NEED
125g unsalted butter, chopped
220g Callebaut white chocolate, chopped (or any good quality white chocolate)
1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste
2/3 cup caster sugar
2 eggs, whisked
130g gluten free flour. I used 100g (3/4 cup) GF plain flour and 35g (1/4 cup) almond meal, sifted together.
2/3 cup frozen raspberries

HOW YOU DO IT
Preheat oven to 160C (150 fan forced). Line a 20cm square cake tin with baking paper on bottom and sides.
Melt the chocolate and butter in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring continuously until the mixture is melted and smooth. Remove saucepan from heat.
Stir vanilla and sugar into the chocolate mixture and set aside to cool for 5 minutes. (The mixture will look a little odd but don’t worry, it all comes together in the end.)
Add eggs and mix until combined.
Fold in flour and stir until combined.
Add raspberries and fold gently through the mixture until combined.
Pour into the tin and bake for 50-55 minutes until set. Rotate pan in oven halfway through cooking.
Allow to cool completely in the tin.
Cut into 20-25 small squares (it is rich).

This has a longer slower cooking time to keep it as ‘blonde’ as possible. If you find it is too soft in the middle for your personal preference once you cut it, you can pop it back in the oven on 150C for about 15 minutes just to make it a little less squidgy. I know that brownies are meant to be super squidgy but I think this white chocolate version is better if cooked a little more. Again, maybe that’s just my weirdness about white chocolate coming through…


A Cheergerm adaptation of a Woolworths online recipe. See below photos for link to original recipe.

http://www2.woolworthsonline.com.au/Shop/Recipe/1169?name=raspberry-blondies

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32 thoughts on “Gluten free raspberry blondies; call me

    • I was surprised that I actually liked it and that it was enjoyed by a bunch of people who don’t like overly sweet stuff either! It must be the raspberries. And whilst I don’t want to sound all ‘chocolate elitist’, it was a decent white chocolate to start with.

  1. These look very toothsome. I love the way the crust has that perfect crackly top! We don’t have vanilla bean paste here, only vanilla extract. Do you think it’s a reasonable substitution?

    • Thanks LM! Adore the wood ‘toothsome’. Vanilla extract is totally fine, I would use 1 teaspoon or if you are feeling extravagant, half to a whole scraped out vanilla pod. Have you ever seen vanilla powder around?

      • The powder doesn’t have the punch of the paste but it’s pretty good. A good quality vanilla extract is often a safer bet than an average vanilla pod though. I very rarely use vanilla pods these days. But when you get a good one, hello mumma!

  2. I admit, I’ve been an excluder too. I would always pass up white chocolate anything because I felt it was pretending to be something that it never lived up too. And because for some wonky reason, most people continue to pair it with macadamia nuts and can’t be more inventive than that.
    But I just so happened to have purchase a box of some “highly rated” 31% cocoa mass white chocolate discs and just haven’t been inspired by any recipes to give it a go with yet. UNTIL NOW!
    And I bet if Debbie could taste your cooking, she’d be ‘calling you’ until she became a giant nuisance in your kitchen. (although if she would sing for her supper, I’d be incredibly forgiving.)
    😀

    • Oh Madame P, I am glad this has inspired you. I had also purchased the block of white choc and it sat in the pantry for quite a while…what to do, what to do…think around 30% is as good as it gets. Hope it works well! Even if Debbie never calls, I may just go out and replace her hairstyle. (That may be known as a mid life crisis?) Let me know if she calls you. 😁

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  4. Amy

    Oh I know it’s not ‘real chocolate’ but white chocolate seduces me every now and again with her charms. I am definitely not going to exclude these raspberry blondies from my next baking day. The sharpness of the berries coupled with the creamy sweetness of the white chocolate sounds like heaven!

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