Both the frosting and the blondie are scrumptious. You'll have a tough time deciding which you like best.
Brown Sugar Frosting
Blondie: Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 13- by 9-inch baking pan. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla until thick and smooth, about 3 minutes. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add to butter mixture on low speed, mixing until blended. Stir in apples and nuts, mixing well. Spread evenly in prepared pan. Bake until set and golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
Brown Sugar Frosting: In a small saucepan over low heat, melt butter. Stir in brown sugar and milk. Bring mixture just to a boil then remove from heat and let cool to lukewarm. Stir in confectioners' sugar, mixing until smooth. Spread evenly over bar. Let stand until frosting is firm enough to cut. Cut into bars or squares.
Tip: This frosting is very soft when first mixed, which makes it very nice to spread. It firms up on cooling.
Tip: Choose apples that are crisp, tart and not too moist. Granny Smith, Golden Delicious and Spartans are good choices for this recipe.
Variation: Omit the frosting if you prefer a plain apple walnut blondie.
Variation: If you're not a fan of nuts, omit the walnuts.
The Best of Bridge began in 1975 when eight women bridge partners were inspired to write their first cookbook. Since then, they've sold more than 4 million copies of their cookbooks and have become one of the top brands in Canadian publishing.
Today, the Ladies of The Best of Bridge are winding down, headed towards retirement. Wanting their legacy to last, they reached out to well-known cookbook author Julie Van Rosendaal and her friends and writing collaborators Sue Duncan and Elizabeth Chorney-Booth to join in Best of Bridge Home Cooking and future cookbooks.
Authors: The Best of Bridge Ladies
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Penned: October 2015
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