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Tuesday, 23 August 2011

How Blondie became Barbie!



The 'We should Cocoa' challenge for the last couple of months has been nice and easy,  chocolate and strawberries - tick, chocolate and apricots - tick (I even managed to make that one low fat!


But when I read the August challenge I was horrified,  Chocolate and ROSE, what on earth was I going to make with rose, where (in the depths of south west Scotland) was I going to get rose water or rose flavouring of some kind?

I've been pondering the challenge for a few weeks now and considered all sorts,  I managed to find a bottle of Thorncroft Rose Hip Cordial at a deli in Kirkcudbright.

As I am on holiday at home this week,  I started to look seriously at some of my cake recipes to see if I could incorporate the rose flavour into one of them.  
What I came up with was a recipe for Peanut Butter & White Chocolate Blondies from Rachel Allen's Bake.  It called for a teaspoon of vanilla essence which I replaced with a teaspoon of the Rosehip Cordial.  I also added half a teaspoon of red food colouring to 'rose' it up a bit!

Ooh look, pink blondie mix. And that's when Blondie became 'Barbie'


I melted the rest of the white chocolate and topped the 'Barbies' with the melted choc then sprinkled it with pink sugar, now totally Barbie.  I even had time for a bit of photo dressing with some rose petals and a little rose - awww pretty!  OMG they are delicious,  I'm not saying you can taste much in the way of rose in there, and this is certainly NOT the low fat option - but then, it is my birthday this week, I think I'm allowed.

Peanut Butter and White Chocolate 'Barbies'
125g (4.5oz) plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
100g (3.5oz) butter, softened
150g (5oz) crunchy peanut butter
175g (6oz) soft light brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1tsp rosehip cordial
1/2 tsp red food colouring
75g (3oz) white, chocolate, chopped

20 x 20cm (8x8") square cake tin

1. Preheat the oven to 170C (325F) Gas Mark 3.  Butter the sides of the cake tin and line the base with baking parchment.
2. Sift the flour and baking powder into a small bowl and set aside.
3. In a large bowl, creamthe butter and peanut butter together until very soft.  Add the sugar, egg and rosehip cordial and beat until combined.  Add the flour, baking powder and the chopped chocolate to form a dough.
4. Place the dough in prepared tin and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown an almost firm in the centre.
5. Allow to cool in the tin, before removing and cutting into squares.

Optional
Melt 75g (3oz) white chocolate with a knob of butter in a bowl over a pan of hot water, spread over cooled cake and sprinkle with pink Barbie sugar before the chocolate sets.  Cut into small squares.

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16 Comments:

At 23 August 2011 at 22:11 , Blogger Dom at Belleau Kitchen said...

how totally fabulous darling!... look at those pink little kitsch numbers!... know any drag queens these might be suitable for? I do!!... love them!

 
At 23 August 2011 at 22:19 , Blogger Karen S Booth said...

Janice, those look amazing ~ what a great idea too.....very innovative!
Karen

 
At 23 August 2011 at 22:39 , Blogger Please Do Not Feed The Animals. said...

Ha ha - lovely - sparkly and pink - what a nice early birthday treat!
Hope you have a good birthday when it comes, Janice.
Lou.

 
At 24 August 2011 at 10:31 , Blogger Hannah said...

Oh excellent! What an original take on the challenge theme.

 
At 24 August 2011 at 16:25 , Anonymous Getting a Restaurant Job said...

One word "Amazing"!

 
At 24 August 2011 at 16:25 , Blogger At Anna's kitchen table said...

Janice your barbies are sooo pretty!!

 
At 24 August 2011 at 19:03 , Blogger Choclette said...

Ahh, how lovely are they. What a wonderful way to indulge for your birthday. I'm not going to say I'm sorry, because it's been great fun to see how people cope with this challenge. Thanks for not giving up.

 
At 25 August 2011 at 07:36 , Blogger tracy said...

very clever :)
could you taste the rose hip in all that chocolate??

 
At 25 August 2011 at 09:26 , Blogger Traceyr said...

I was expecting the 1980s singer and a plastic doll Janice but these look much more tastier!

:)

 
At 25 August 2011 at 09:30 , Blogger Kathy said...

They look fab - but sadly I couldn't eat them...peanut butter :(

 
At 25 August 2011 at 17:58 , Blogger Chele said...

That is pure genius Janice! Wish I thought of rosehip cordial instead of rose water!!! Love the colour too.

 
At 25 August 2011 at 19:52 , Blogger Angelnorth said...

Fab take on the challenge, these looks great!

 
At 30 August 2011 at 10:50 , Blogger Shaheen said...

Wow, they certainly would give the banana version I made recnelty a good run. Gorgeous for sure.

 
At 31 August 2011 at 13:20 , Blogger Baking Addict said...

Love the 'barbie' - such a great idea! Happy belated birthday too!

 
At 1 September 2011 at 10:51 , Blogger Nelly said...

Wow, these look great! Lovely blog too!

 
At 8 January 2012 at 14:44 , Blogger Cakefairyblog said...

These are so sweet. I love how a dash of food colouring can change everything. Beautiful!

 

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