Butterscotch Blondies

I made these blondies for a potluck/housewarming/birthday party that I am going to later today. The recipe is simple, and except for the butterscotch chips, (unless you are like me) involves ingredients that you have on hand. If you’ve baked brownies before, (or any other cookie) then this recipe will come really easily to you. I got it from the Hershey’s website, and it is listed as beginner. It also lists the butterscotch chips as Hershey’s brand, but I used Nestle. (Is that wrong? to use one brand and then follow another brand’s recipe?) I will be tasting them later, since they just came out of the oven, but I am sure they will be tasty, since the batter was good. :) Continue reading

Cookies for a Cause

Even though I don’t need a reason to bake, I think this was a pretty good one: It was the National Food Bloggers’ Bake Sale, for which all of the money raised helps “Share Our Strength”,  which is an organization that helps end childhood hunger. I found out about the bake sale on this blog: Dessert First, and from there, you can find out more information about the charity. I made the Better Than Brownie cookies, so I will finally add that recipe to the site (follow the jump or go to the “recipes” page, found at the top of the screen.)

I had a lot of fun at the sale, even though I was there at the end, and didn’t get a chance to talk to the other bloggers/bakers. I did get a chance to hear the author of Cake Bible, and her newest book, Rose’s Heavenly Cakes, (among other cookbooks) talk about the cakes and baking and I got her signature in the book! I loved every minute of that!

I have many more pictures to share, so I will post them as a slide show.

Continue reading

butterscotch pudding

Another recipe from my binder was made recently. Butterscotch pudding. Really easy and really delicious.  There are no eggs to temper, which is what makes it great for the home baker.  This also means that it is not really a custard, and it is only thickened by the corn starch. Here’s the my picture and the recipe: ***I had a picture with the recipe on it after my picture, but it was not showing up on some computers, so I removed the picture of the recipe and typed it up for you.***

Butterscotch Pudding
 serves 4. active time: 15 minutes start to finish: 1-3/4 hour


1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 Tbs plus 2 tsp cornstarch
1-1/2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 Tbsp butter, cut into bits
1 tsp pure vanilla extract


accompaniment: lightly sweetened whipped cream

Whisk together sugar, cornstarch, and 1/4 tsp salt in a heavy medium saucepan. Then whisk in milk and cream. bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking frequently. Then boil, whisking, 1 minute. Remove from heat and whisk in butter and vanilla. pour into a bowl then cover surface with buttered wax paper (or plastic wrap) and chill until cold, at least 1-1/2 hours.