Blondie or Brownie: What’s the Difference?

If you’re given a tray of blondies and brownies, which one would you choose?

The Dello Mano Brownie
Dello Mano Brownie

Blondies and brownies – we hear people compare the two quite frequently. It’s said that blondies are the opposite of brownies and the perfect choice for people who want the chewy, fudgy texture and delicious taste of brownies, minus the chocolate or cocoa.

But what really makes blondies different from brownies? Let’s find out.

Blondies vs. Brownies

Technically, blondies and brownies are both classified as ‘cookie bars’. That is, they are softer than cookies, but tougher than a cake. Both of these delicious confections are prepared in almost the same way, and baked, cut and presented in the same manner. But you’ll know the difference just by looking at the results – blondies are paler in colour while brownies have that familiar sumptuous brown colour that comes from its magic ingredient – chocolate!

Blondies are considered the opposite of brownies mostly because the former are vanilla-based and the latter is chocolate-based. While vanilla isn’t really the ‘opposite’ of chocolate, these two popular flavours have always been treated as ‘rivals’. For instance, if you don’t like chocolate, you’d go for vanilla. And if you’re not a fan of vanilla, you’d opt for chocolate.

Blondies share similar ingredients to brownies. They both call for flour, sugar, butter and eggs. Blondie recipes vary as well. Like brownies, they can have many other flavourful additions such pecans, hazelnuts, walnuts and other kinds of nut. And because they don’t contain cocoa or chocolate, there are many other sweet additions that can be incorporated in the traditional recipe like coconut, toffee, dried fruit, and even chunked candies. Blondies may have chocolate chips too, and they are often served with sundae, and topped with caramel sauce.

Butterscotch Flavour

Blondies have that butterscotch flavour, which typically comes from the brown sugar. The caramel-like taste of blondies is perhaps the reason why they are a very popular. While brownies have been, and perhaps will always be, more popular than blondies, these vanilla-based bars are a must-try, and are really delish if you’ve got a good recipe.

Now, let’s go back to the question. If you are served with a tray of blondies and brownies, which one would you get? Me? I’d go for brownies – how about you?

Can’t decide which brownie to bake? Maybe you can create a cross. Use a basic blondie recipe but add dark chocolate chips in the batter. Then perhaps drizzle the bars with some more chocolate sauce.  Either way check out our brownie recipe baking tips before you get started.

If you’re looking for a chewy and irresistibly sweet treat, both blondies and brownies are sure to satisfy your craving. And no, there’s no special occasion required!

What’s your vote – Brownie or Blondie?

Brownie Ends or No Brownie Ends?

Brownie ends or no brownie ends?

When it comes to the best brownies, we all have different opinions. And other than the texture (whether chewy or gooey, fudge or cake-like), there’s another very important factor that people often consider when rating the deliciousness of a brownie: whether or not it has crispy edges.

Like cakes and cookies, it is common for brownies to have somewhat crusty and crunchy edges. But of course, you only get a few of those, considering that the middle part of the brownie has soft, perfectly cut edges.

Many people prefer brownies with crunchy edges. Even celebrities like Oprah go crazy about them. We all seem to have a hardwired desire for one way or the other. Whilst cakes and pastries are something you enjoy soft and melt-in-your-mouth, brownies can be the exception. Most people like a soft, fudgy and gooey brownie in the middle, but many still like brownies a little crisp around the edges. For many the texture and should we say – sound – seem to make the entire brownie experience magical.

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There’s no wonder why there are now especially designed pans that let you bake little brownies with crisp edges. Other people like to bake their brownies in muffin tins to get the same result.

Crisp vs. Hard Brownie Ends

But of course, even if you like the crispy edges, you don’t want them to be too hard. You just want your brownies to have crisp, beautiful edges, not burnt ones. This can happen when you overcook brownies. Not only does the edge feel tough like cookie, it would also be dry, which is the worst possible scenario you could end up with!

When baking brownies, you can prevent the edges from getting hard by ensuring that it gets just the right amount of heat during the entire baking process. Using an oven thermometer ensures that you get the right temperature all the time. And don’t wait for the exact time your brownie should be done. You can check for doneness several minutes ahead of what’s stated in the recipe. To check for doneness, simply insert a toothpick in the middle of the brownie. If it comes out clean with a few moist crumbs, you know it’s good to go.

Another tip is to avoid dark-coloured pans as they can cause brownie ends to brown too fast. If you are using glass pans, lower the temperature by at least 10 degrees. You can also try lowering the temperature of your oven if its edges are already cooked and the middle part of the brownie is not yet done.

When spraying your pan with oil or greasing it with butter and flour, it is an option to leave out the sides. The oil may speed up the cooking process, and lead to sturdy brownie ends.

Brownie ends or no brownie ends? For some people,  brownies that have smooth and soft ends are just heavenly and addictive. Here at Dello Mano, we love soft ends but for others, crunch brownie ends aren’t a problem. In fact, they were the reason to make brownies. What do you prefer?

10 Heartfelt Ways to Surprise Your Mum this Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Are you tired of the usual surprises you do for your mum each year? Fortunately, there’s more to celebrating this special occasion. This coming Mother’s Day, you can make it more special, fun and really unforgettable. And we’ve got some really great tips for you!

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Celebrating Mother’s Day with Dello Mano

Being a mum is the toughest job on earth. There will be no bakers, doctors, lawyers, scientists, engineers, actors or artists etc. without a caring mother who nurtured and supported these people to be who they are now. Mother’s Day is celebrated to honour our mums and show gratitude for all their sacrifices as they raised us.

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8 Fun Things to Do this Easter Holiday

Only hours to go and its Easter! What are your plans? You must have several things on your to-do list already. Easter is a great time to be with our family and friends, bond with our kids, eat chocolates without guilt, give out presents, share laughter, and enjoy other people’s company. Whether you are thinking of going out for a weekend holiday trip, or you simply plan of staying at home with your loved ones, you can make your Easter 2015 the most memorable one.

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Too Sweet to Be True: 10 Sweet Facts about Easter

BROWNIE HOT CROSS DRIPPINGMost of us can’t get enough of chocolates. And it’s not just during Valentine’s Day or Christmas do people seem to over indulge, but also during Easter! For some of us, eating too much chocolate is an Easter holiday tradition. From brownies to truffles, cakes, and Easter chocolate eggs – Easter gives us a great excuse to eat a little more than we should.

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From Easter Chocolates to Music, Parades & Water Fights: Celebrating Easter around the World

The four-day Easter weekend is a great opportunity for everyone to unwind, take a break, and enjoy a range of fun activities and cultural events with their loved ones.

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Celebrating National Brownie Day

Today is National Brownie Day.  We celebrated here at Dello Mano with our Classic and Mixed Brownie Gift Box giveaways every hour, lots of wonderful brownie and Belgian chocolate tastings and of course our Christmas Brownies, Truffles, Panforte and Christmas Star Belgian Chocolate cookies. There was even a sneak peak at our new Brownie.

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Dello Mano Bien and Ben drawing hourly National Brownie Day competition

 

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Dello Mano Team celebrating Christmas and National Brownie Day

 

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Hourly Dello Mano Brownie Gift Box prizes were drawn to Celebrate National Brownie Day!
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Team Dello Mano celebrating National Brownie Day

BMW luxury meets Dello Mano luxury brownie

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BMW 3 series recently launched with Dello Mano luxury brownies sharing the celebration.

BMW recently launched their new 3 series. Dello Mano was fortunate to attend with our luxury brownies forming part of the “luxury”celebration. The launch was a great success with over 1000 people attending the Motorline BMW showroom at Daisy Hill. Our lovely Jen was there and given a wonderfully warm reception as she sampled the range of Dello Mano Luxury Brownies.

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Dello Mano luxury brownies at Motorline BMW

Guests at the BMW 3 series launch were welcome to enjoy Dello Mano brownies and each attendee was given a little piece of Dello Mano luxury to take home and  enjoy whilst they imagined driving the new 3 Series.

Dello Mano Luxury Brownies on display at Motorline BMW
Luxury Brownies meet BMW luxury

Dello Mano Luxury Brownie gift boxes were displayed with many guests showing interest in our Dello Mano Corporate Gift options.

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Dello Mano Luxury brownies and BMW

Thanks Craig and Aimee for allowing Dello Mano to be part of this wonderful event.

A Brownie is a Brownie ..what’s a Souffle?

I get a little annoyed when food terms are used loosely, particularly if that food is one that requires time, craftsmanship and skill. Today in our endeavours to eat all things chocolate, we were out at a cafe and ordered a chocolate souffle.  After a rather prolonged wait we were eventually served not a  chocolate souffle but rather a chocolate pudding! A chocolate pudding that was cold in the centre.

Now as many of you know a souffle requires at the very least some time and effort. According to Wikipedia

“A soufflé (French: [su.fle]) is a light baked cake made with egg yolks and beaten egg whites combined with various other ingredients and served as a savoury main dish or sweetened as a dessert. The word soufflé is the past participle of the French verb souffler which means “to blow up” or more loosely “puff up”—an apt description of what happens to this combination of custard and egg whites.

A chocolate soufflé

Every soufflé is made from two basic components:

  1. a French crème pâtissière base/flavoured cream sauce or purée
  2. egg whites beaten to a soft peak meringue

The base provides the flavour and the whites provide the “lift”. Foods commonly used for the base in a soufflé include jam, fruits, berries, chocolate, banana and lemon (the last three are used for desserts, often with a good deal of sugar).

When it comes out of the oven, a soufflé should be puffed up and fluffy, and will generally fall after 5 or 10 minutes (as risen dough does).” reference Wikipedia

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Now as I think back today about our chocolate experience,  I wondered whether the spelling of Souffle was different on the menu? Does that matter ?  The fact was that we thought we would get a chocolate souffle and instead we got a chocolate pudding which had been prepared without any attempted aeration.

I’ve felt similar rage to the use of terms like sour dough bread which is so often incrorectly used. It seems to me that we will loose the greatness of many of these dishes unless we stop using names for items that are in fact frauds.

What do you think? Had any experiences of great food names being passed off for something else? Love to hear from you. In the mean time I am going to enjoy a brownie!