What, you ask, is the Secret Recipe Club? The club was started by a blogger named Amanda over at Amanda’s Cookin’ who thought it would be fun to post a recipe on a friend’s blog and vice versa. It was a concept that took off, and now there is a large group of bloggers who participate in a monthly secret recipe “swap” of sorts.
In order to join the club, you need to have at least 100 recipes posted on your blog (I’ve got over 150!). Each month you fill out a form saying you want to participate that month. Then you are assigned a “secret” blog from which to select any recipe you want to make, and you are given a “reveal” date to post the recipe you chose. All of the secret assignments are posted on the same date which, in this case, is today. I can’t wait to see who got my site and what they chose to make!
Anyway, I was assigned a “serendipitous” choice in that I was given a fellow Bostonian’s blog. Sweetly Serendipity is a blog run by a young woman named Taryn, who has a sweet tooth to match my own. She has had a lifelong dream to open a bakery, and I have no doubt after browsing through her recipes that her confections will make it a great success.
As I deliberated over which recipe to try (so many enticing ones), I was taken by these white chocolate and blueberry brownies. The brownies call for some finely ground almonds, always a major plus for me since I don’t think I’ve ever made a dessert with ground almonds that hasn’t been a winner. Then, when I saw that she was cheering on the Pats in her post that was the clincher. And, boy, what a great choice it turned out to be!
These brownies are deliciously moist and rich—but not overly rich because the blueberries temper the white chocolate and butter. Initially, I thought the blueberries were a somewhat unusual choice for the brownies, even though they were a white chocolate variety—but the blueberries were the perfect complement to the rich taste and texture of the brownie. I sent a few back to school with my daughter Amy, who told me that the brownies stayed moist for several days. I’m sure they would freeze well, but I doubt any would last long enough to freeze!
White Chocolate and Blueberry Brownies
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup finely ground almonds
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 stick (8 tbl.) unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup (4 ounces) premium quality white chocolate (I used Ghirardelli)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup dried or fresh blueberries (I used fresh)
Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line 9 x 9-inch pan with parchment paper.
Whisk the flour, ground almonds and salt to combine.
To melt the butter and chocolate, use a microwave-safe bowl which is large enough to hold the entire batter. Follow the microwave directions for melting on the package of chocolate (usually done at 50% power in the microwave). (Alternatively, set a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of lightly simmering water. Add the butter and the chocolate to the bowl, and stir frequently until the ingredients are melted.)
Add the sugar and whisk to incorporate it; then remove the bowl from the heat. Stir in the vanilla; then add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
Sprinkle the dry ingredients over the batter and fold them in until completely incorporated and smooth batter has formed. Add the berries and fold gently to incorporate.
Source: A recipe from Sweetly Serendipity