Friday, March 9, 2012

Coconut & Dark Chocolate Skillet Blondies

Cast iron skillets are awesome. You can make pancakes in them. Fry bacon. Roast a chicken. 

You can also make dessert. 

I've tried cakes before, and they've turned out delicious. Then there's the chocolate chip cookie. That's good too. But I wanted something in between. Mmmmm. Blondies!

First, the dry ingredients - flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder

Then, melt the butter in the skillet.

Add in the brown sugar and stir till goopy. (It's a very scientific term, I know.)

Dump the butter/sugar mixture into the bowl with the flour, etc. Mix it up good.

Now, add your egg and the vanilla. Next, the coconut and chocolate. Mmmmm.

Into the skillet it goes. Top with a bit of sea salt flakes. Let it cook until golden and delicious!

Slice it up and serve to your adoring fans. And a little bit of ice cream on top never hurt anybody.

Coconut and Dark Chocolate Skillet Blondies
Makes 1 10-inch skillet
Adapted from The Kitchn

1 1/4 c. flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 c. butter
1 c. firmly packed brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 egg
1 c. dark chocolate chips (I used Ghiradelli's 60% cocoa)
1 c. sweetened flaked coconut
Sprinkling of flaked sea salt (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder. In a 10-inch cast iron skillet, melt the butter. When melted, whisk in brown sugar until well combined. 

Pour butter/sugar mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix. Add in egg and vanilla. Mix thoroughly. Dump in chocolate and coconut and stir till just combined. 

Toss back into the skillet and sprinkle with sea salt, if desired. Cook for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.

Eat plain or serve with ice cream, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, whatever floats your boat. 

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