It's easy to forgot how incredibly sweet and delightfully jammy real strawberries actually are. Sadly, we've become accustomed to those supersized, pale and mealy strawberry wannabes that are so often sold in grocery stores. So, when passing by a small stand at my local Farmers Market last week I was overjoyed when I spotted those strawberry gems that steal my heart every summer season. They are tiny with a deep scarlet tone, and they melt away to moment you bite into them. These are the strawberries I wait for all year and the moment I taste one, I am reminded why they are worth the wait.
Since I basically bought up the entire table at the Farmers Market when I spotted these sweet little strawberries, I decided I'd better bake some of them into some special before I ate them all. You can never have too many recipes for strawberry desserts. I've been kicking around the idea of Strawberry Blondies for a while now but had to wait until strawberries hit their summer peak, and they are seriously peaking now!
I set out to create a super simple blondies recipe that showcases the best berries of the season with this new recipe for Strawberry Blondies. You know that old saying, "blondes have more fun". I'm not sure I entirely agree with it but in the case of blondies vs. brownies, I personally have more fun when blondies are involved. I get a lot of heat for this but to be honest, I am not much of a brownie fan, with the exception of my Reeses Pieces Brownies (I love you guys!). Brownies can be a little too intense on sweetness and the chocolate overload generally leaves me feeling pretty blech. Blondies on the other hand, they've to all the right moves. These Strawberries Blondies bring it, with simple ingredients and an easy going recipe that comes together in mere minutes.
The brown butter base is full of warm and nutty flavor that helps keep the Strawberries Blondies soft while they bake. Another soft spot in this blondie recipe is the brown sugar, not only does it bring a depth of butterscotchy caramel flavor, but it also keeps things extra soft and squishy, in the best way possible. These Strawberries Blondies also get a warming note from a hit of ground ginger to balance out all of the rich and sweet flavors in the blondie batter. Then the pièce de résistance, the market fresh, seasonal summer strawberries get gently nestled into the batter just before baking. Since the berries I used are so small, I just press them in whole which also helps keep the juice inside the berries instead of bleeding out into the batter. You can absolutely use larger strawberries but if you can get your hands on a smaller, sweeter, seasonal varietal, I highly suggest seeking those out.
Once baked, these Strawberries Blondies get topped with a heavy sprinkle of ground up freeze dried strawberries blended with powdered sugar for a powerful powdery punch of concentrated strawberry flavor. This step isn't completely necessary but it adds a zippy flavor and a standout finish of brightly colored cuteness. I think these Strawberry Blondies are best served with a bit of oven warmth still lingering, just as the chewiness of the blondies begins to set in and before the berries burst open with jammy flavor. The layers of flavors and textures peak at this moment, just as the summer strawberries are peaking now. So gather up some locally grown strawberries, some of your best buds and bake up a pan of Strawberry Blondies to enjoy together, straight from the pan at the peak of freshness - because that is what summer is all about.Print