Ginger Spiced Pear Blondies- Putting Up with ErinGinger Spiced Pear Blondies- Putting Up with Erin

Oh Hi there! Thank you all for bearing with me these past few weeks. It’s been pretty hectic with my parents in town visiting, a quick weekend jaunt to New Hampshire, and that whole defending my PhD thing… But I’m back, well for a few days at least (I’m heading to AZ later this week), and I’m itching to pickle. In no way shape or form do I claim to be any sort of expert on gardening or harvesting, but I do suspect that with all this late winter into early spring rain/snow/freaking “wintery mix” that the spring and summertime crop harvest will be somehow affected. While driving around NH/ME this past weekend, I realized that veggie and fruit harvest will be a bit different from what I’m used to down here in the Mid Atlantic. Not only do I expect a lag in the harvest season, but it has also dawned on me that things that grow in Maryland may not grow AT ALL in the northeast. With that in mind, I have 3 more weeks in the Baltimore area to tackle everything and anything local that will fit into a Ball Jar.

A couple weeks ago, a friend and I teamed up to create a baked goods/preserved goods kitchen masterpiece. These ginger spiced pear blondies were adapted from Spice Islands and the second concoction of that amazingly disastrous evening. We used a jar of my ginger spiced pickled pears and paired these oh so gooey blondies with some vanilla frozen yogurt.

Ginger Spiced Pear Blondies- Putting Up with ErinGinger Spiced Pear Blondies- Putting Up with ErinGinger Spiced Pear Blondies- Putting Up with Erin

Ginger Spiced Pear Blondies

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 16 squares

Serving Size: 1 square

Ingredients

  • 1 jar of ginger spiced pickled pears
  • 2 Tbsp reserved pear syrup
  • 1 cup white all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg (lightly beaten)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 8-inch square baking pan.
  2. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, ground ginger and salt. Use a whisk to combine the dry ingredients thoroughly. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Remove it from the heat and with a wooden spoon, stir in the brown sugar and syrup from the pears.
  3. In a small bowl, use a fork or whisk to lightly beat the egg. Add the vanilla to the egg. Stir the egg and vanilla mixture into the butter, syrup, and brown sugar mixture. Stir the dry ingredients and mix just until combined, mixing as little as possible.
  4. Pour into the baking pan. Top with sliced ginger spiced pears and drizzle with syrup.
  5. Bake blondies for 30-35 minutes until they are just set in the center. Let the pan cool completely.
  6. Enjoy!

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