August 21, 2008

Taste and Create XIII - with The Spiced Life

This month for Taste and Create I was paired with Laura of The Spiced Life. I spent quite a bit of time looking over her blog. She definitely cooks and bakes the kind of foods I would love to be eating! Laura volunteers at an animal shelter where she ended up taking a lost dog who ended up in her yard - If you have the time, you should read about her saving Bony and how she now volunteers at the shelter. She has such a big heart for animals and it put tears to my eyes how much she cares. She has a desire to have a cat (and maybe now she is closer to getting on with building their own home?) and I relate to that totally as I myself love my cats (and probably would love dogs just as much if Grumpy would only let me).



Laura had so many goodies to choose from that it took me 3 or 4 visits before I finally made up my mind. I decided to make her Milk Chocolate and Caramel Blondies (with my own adaptations). My son Chris had been talking about batter up brownies and going on and on about how great they were. See, Chris' grandmother and aunt make these brownies and it seems to be a favorite of many of the grandchildren!!


I found this recipe of Laura's and thought it sounded a lot like the batter up brownies that Chris talks about, so to surprise him for this evening, I went ahead and made them. Oh my goodness! Let me say that the smell that filled my home was wonderful and I could barely wait for them to finish baking and cooling down so I could try one! They were hard to keep out of after making them because the caramel bits were just so yummy and tempting.


I made the following changes to the blondies:

  • instead of caramel swirl chips I used the Kraft Caramel Bits (I was bad and didn't really measure either - just kinda poured into the batter)
  • instead of chocolate chips I used butterscotch chips. I wanted to make this non-chocolate and keep the caramely theme.
  • instead of the pecans called for I chopped up some cashews with sea salt and added them to the brownies.
I encourage you to check out Laura's site. Especially if you love Indian food (as I do!) and give her recipes a try. I know I intend to continue reading her blog and bookmarking recipes I would like to give a try!

16 comments:

recipes2share said...

These look absolutely delicious - I can feel my tummy rumbling right now!!

Barbara Bakes said...

Nice additions - they sound wonderful!

Kitchen Flavours said...

There is a suprise for you in my blog. Click here to know what the suprise is, http://kitchenflavours.blogspot.com/2008/07/fruit-chaat.html

noble pig said...

OMg these look delicious! I love the additions you made and would love one with myafternoon coffee today!

Carrie said...

Oooh those look so good!

Elle said...

Ooooh--I'd love a couple of those right now with coffee for an evening snack. Or tomorrow, for breakfast...maybe after lunch...you get the idea. They look so good!

Katie said...

Who needs to measure when caramel is involved. These look great!

Megan said...

My hubby wouldn't let me have a dog either but then he came home one christmas eve and quess what he found. A baby wiennie dog. Now I think he loves the dog more then me! LOL
Those carmel blondies look excellent!

Jenny said...

Oh girl,
I am so making these this weekend! Looks like the perfect treat to me!

Sharon said...

Love the idea of cashews for a little sweet & salty!

Stephanie said...

Those look so delicious! Isn't Taste & Create such a fun event!

Leslie said...

mmmmm..any blondies would easily find their way right into my mouth!

Laura said...

Your bars look fabulous--what a great idea for the filling!

You remind me of WHY I am having this surgery done (you probably ran into references to it--if not, I had a deviated septum corrected this past Tues)--because I have not been to the animal shelter in SO long from being sick so much! I miss it!

Anyhoo, thanks for the kind words. I just posted your recipe--brownies also, haha. :)

Peabody said...

That's a good looking bar.

Bellini Valli said...

I love this event HoneyB. I like the twist on the original recipe too:D

Anonymous said...

I already had butterscotch chips in my pantry, so I used all butterscotch instead of the caramel bits. The toasted cashews provided great depth of flavor. These were demolished at our family reunion.

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