Sunday, 5 June 2011

Carrie's Cosmopolitan Blondies


A recent revisit to my Sex and the City DVD box sets has left me daydreaming of shopping on Fifth Avenue, picnics in Central Park, cupcakes at Magnolia’s Bakery and cocktails in Manhattan. Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda would often discuss life, love and everything in between over a Cosmopolitan, a blend of vodka, Cointreau, cranberry juice and lime which was made iconic by the show and had women around the world clambering into bars eager for a taste of the Sex and the City lifestyle with a “Cosmo”.

So, inspired by the iconic cocktail, I created these delicious blondies. Like a brownie, only replacing the dark chocolate with white, and with the key cranberry and lime flavours of a Cosmo, they make a delicious afternoon tea treat. So get your girlfriends over, grab those Sex and the City DVDs, serve up these tasty slices and make Carrie proud.





Carrie's Cosmopolitan Blondies

Ingredients

200g unsalted butter
150g white chocolate, roughly chopped
300g light muscovado sugar
3 large eggs
200g plain flour
¼ tsp salt
1tsp vanilla extract
100g dried cranberries

Lime icing

250g icing sugar, sifted
60g unsalted butter, softened
1 Lime, zest and juice

Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4 and line a square brownie tin with baking paper allowing some to hang over the sides, this will make it easier to remove the bars later.

Place the butter in a pan over a low heat until melted then remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Add half the white chocolate to the butter and stir until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth.

Place the muscovado sugar and eggs in a bowl and mix together until thick and pale. Add the flour, salt, chocolate mixture, cranberries and vanilla, then fold in with a spatula until even being careful not to over mix.

Pour the mixture into the tin, then scatter with the rest of the chocolate. Bake for 40-45 minutes or golden. Allow to cool in the tin.

Meanwhile to make the lime icing, place the icing sugar, butter and lime juice in a bowl. Beat with a wooden spoon until smooth.

Spread the icing over the slice and sprinkle over the lime zest. Place in the fridge for about 30 minutes or until the icing has set. Lift out using the baking paper, cut into around 12 pieces and serve.

Belle’s Top Tip
For a more "cocktail" feel to the bake why not add a teaspoon of vodka or Cointreau to the lime juice in the icing!