Monday, April 18, 2011
My brother and his family have lived up north for a few years. On one of their recent visits, they brought me a sampling of brownies from a bakery that is located in a nearby town. Now, I soon came to discover, this bakery was not just any ole’ bakery. This bakery was Sugar Daddy’s. And Sugar Daddy’s, if you’re not familiar with them, was in a Throwdown Brownie Battle with Bobby Flay on the Food Network. OK, so you know, not just everybody does battle with Bobby Flay. He picks the 'cream of the crop' to try to out cook, or bake, as the case may be. And, even so, most of the time, Mr. Flay is the winner. But, not with Sugar Daddy’s! They were deemed the “ Best of the Best.“ So, the brownies I sampled were not just good, they were divine.
But of course, if you want divine brownies/blondies that are baked by popular people that have been on the Food Network...well, the price starts getting steep. So steep that they sell the brownie scraps from their suave edgeless brownies, in little baggies and call them “Pocket Change” for us folks that are not willing to dole out the full price for their fabulous round brownies. The “Pocket Change” is twenty bucks, just in case you're interested. Or you can throw caution to the wind and get 8 of the 3"round brownies for $55... Not saying they’re not worth it, just saying I’m cheap....And, if anyone wants some of my brownies, I only charge $45;) Hahahaha!
Ok, now that we've all had a good laugh...My brother’s favorite from Sugar Daddy’s was a tropical version with loads of coconut, pineapple, cashews and both white and semisweet chocolate. This is my version of that blondie. I call them Hula Girl Blondies. They are seriously good. I’m not sure Bobby Flay will be beating my door down for a Thowdown (which, Mr. Flay, just so you know, I never answer my door if Mr. Sweets is not home or unless I know you're coming. Call me paranoid:) or that they are an exact duplicate of Sugar Daddy’s, but hey, they will be kinder to your pocketbook for sure!
You know I have no problem with bribery...Use these tags when you decide to gift these lovely brownies to your kids teachers, your neighbors or your co-workers.
They probably won't mind being bribed either.
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Hula Girl Blondies
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup butter, melted
4 tsp. vanilla
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1 cup chopped cashews
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup dried pineapple, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 13 baking pan.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt and set aside.
In another bowl, whisk together brown sugar and butter until combined. Add eggs and vanilla to mixture and mix well. Fold flour mixture into wet ingredients until combined.
Fold in coconut, cashews, chocolates, pineapple and into batter. Pour batter into prepared baking pan and smooth out to edges of pan. Top with extra coconut, chocolate and cashews if desired.
Bake for about 25-28 minutes, or until top light golder brown on the top. Do not over bake. Look for color rather than texture. Cool completely before slicing.
Posted by Sinful Southern Sweets at 1:43 PM