I love banoffee pie and blondies are sort of likeable too. So the idea of merging the 2 sounds pretty good to me. And yet another time, it's a Rachel Allen recipe. If it's baking, it's got to be Rachel Allen. Love that Cake book of hers. It's my go to book for baking adventures. I loved her TV show Bake and I've watched some episodes over and over again, seems like there's something new to learn every time. If you're a baking beginner, this show is perfect for learning a lot of baking basics.
Anyway let's get down to making these blondies..... It's got sort of 2 parts to it, one making the blondies with the white chocolate and banana and two , making the almond praline, for the crunch. I know you get put off with the idea of making praline, God knows I've had praline disasters before, but this was really simple and hassle free. So give it a shot. If you really can't get yourself to make the praline, you can skip it and just add chopped almonds instead, but otherwise, really you can make this praline. It fits the rule of keeping it simple.
100 gms castor sugar
100 gms almonds, roughly chopped.(skin still on)
See... I told you it was simple.
Line a baking tray with baking paper. Scatter the sugar and almonds on a non stick pan and cook it on medium heat till the sugar turns a deep golden caramel. (Swirl the pan if you need to but don't tip in a spoon. ) Tip out the mixture on to the tray and let the mixture set. When it has cooled out, roughly chop it. I did this by by just breaking it into large chunks and pulsing it in the mixer... Praline done...........
To make the blondies, you will need
100 gm butter
225 white chocolate, roughly chopped
175 g brown sugar
1 egg beaten
3 bananas, preferably very ripe, mashed
2 tsp vanilla extract
225 gms flour
1 tsp baking powder.
This recipe makes about 16
And continue by getting a cake tin ready. Butter the sides and line the base with baking paper
Place the white chocolate and butter in a saucepan and set it over a really low flame till the butter melts. Take the pan off heat and stir the mixture till all the chocolate has melted. Pour it into a large bowl . Making sure it has cooled down a bit, beat in the sugar, the egg, vanilla and the bananas. Stir in the praline and sift in the flour and baking powder. Blondie mixture done....
Pour it into the prepared cake tin and bake for about 35 mins.
When the blondies are done, they will have a sort of chewy texture on top and softer texture inside. Let them cool completely in the tin before you take it out and cut into squares. I know, this is the difficult part, waiting,........Then ,Lo and behold, you shall have before you little bites of yumminess......