I've always found it difficult to truly be in the moment. To live in the now. I'm either stuck behind in my thoughts or I have already moved on to something new and shiny.
And usually it is the latter.
This isn't a case of missing things completely out of season, like wanting Christmas in July. Which is also a problem I have. I pine for eggnog in July. What I'm referring to is a slight rushing ahead rather than enjoying what is in front of me.
Once autumn comes around, I'm in full-on Thanksgiving/Christmas mode. Christmas decorating starts at the beginning of November. September and October exist purely for Thanksgiving meal planning. I can't actually enjoy the weeks and months for what they are. Once spring greens litter the markets, I'm already dreaming about the berries and the peaches that lay head.
These blondies, baked with a smattering of chocolate chips, are adapted from Cooking Light. They have the magical ability to bring me back to the moment. Instead of using butterscotch chips, I decided to throw in some malt syrup. I was most pleasantly surprised by the results. Instead of turning out like a cookie, the malt syrup gives them an almost sticky gingerbread feel. But they aren't gingerbread. They lack the denseness, thickness, the spicy sumptuousness of gingerbread. There will be a day to enjoy that. But not yet. These are a treat for the now.
Ingredients1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup barley malt syrup
2 tablespoons half and half
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Heat oven to 350. Spray an 8 x 8 pan with cooking spray or fit parchment paper to pan. Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in medium bowl. My barley malt syrup was super thick from being refrigerated, so I placed the malt syrup, half and half, and butter that had yet to be melted in a microwaveable bowl and microwaved carefully in 15 second intervals until the butter had melted and the mixture could be stirred. If the malt syrup is runny, whisk with the half and half and melted butter. Pour the microwaved mixture into a mixing bowl, along with the brown sugar, canola oil, vanilla, and eggs. Beat for 2 minutes. Stir in the flour mixture until just combined, and then stir in the chocolate chips. Bake for about 20-30 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean.