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Apple Blondies

Soft, chewy Apple Blondies filled with spices and plenty of apple! Once baked, the apples get soft and tender and explode in your mouth. And with that typical flaky, crunchy topping you get on blondies, there's no better Autumnal blondie you could make!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 stick (113g) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 2 medium sized apples, peeled, cored and sliced into 1/4 inch chunks, or 3 small
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup (100g) caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon*
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/4 cups (175g) plain flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F and grease and line an 8x8 inch square pan.
  2. Place chopped apple into a medium sized bowl and pour over lemon juice. Toss to coat the apple in lemon juice and leave to one side.
  3. Place sugars, egg and vanilla extract into a large bowl and whisk until well combined and smooth.
  4. Gradually pour in the melted butter, whisking while you add it in, until the mixture is smooth and pale.
  5. Add in the baking powder, salt, spices and flour, then take 2tbsp of flour out and place in the bowl with the apples. Toss the apple chunks in the flour. Leave to one side, whilst you whisk together the flour with your wet blondie mix.
  6. Once thick and well combined, tip in the coated apples and fold in with a spoon until all the apples are coated in blondie mix.
  7. Tip into your prepared pan and smooth over with a spatula/wooden spoon.
  8. Place in the oven for 24-27 minutes until the edges are lightly brown and the centre is a very pale golden colour. A skewer, inserted into the centre, should come out clean.
  9. Leave to cool in the pan for 1 hour before transferring to a chopping board to cool completely. (I found leaving them to cool completely in the pan made them too soft to remove from the pan in one piece. The apple adds moisture, so taking them out and leaving them to cool out of the pan worked better.)
  10. Once cool, slice into 9-12 pieces and keep in an airtight container, at room temperature, for 4 days.

Recipe Notes

*I found that 1/2tsp cinnamon was plenty for these blondies, you definitely taste it, but if you're a spice fiend and love really strong spices, up it to 3/4tsp.