Brown butter fig nut blondies with eggnog buttercream frosting

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10 servings
Very Easy
1 hour



Blondie :

Eggnog Buttercream Frosting :


Preparation25 min
Cook time35 min
  • If you want to toast the nuts: preheat the oven to 350F. Spread the nuts (before processing) onto a cookie sheet a bake for about 10 minutes or until they become slightly fragrant. Shake the pan around once half-way through the baking time. Remove and allow to cool before running them through the food processor.
  • Leave the oven temp. at 350F. Line an 8x8 inch square pan with foil and butter both the bottom and sides. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large, heavy saucepan, place the pieces of butter and melt over medium-low heat. Once the butter has melted turn the heat up to medium. Cook the butter while stirring constantly. Eventually the bubbles will begin to turn brown, when it reaches this stage continue to cook for about 3 more minutes or until the butter itself turns light brown. The whole process may take 10 minutes.
  • Set the butter aside to cool for at least 3 minutes. Using a large whisk, stir in the brown sugar until well mixed. Add the vanilla. Stir in the eggs, one at a time and mix well after each addition. Add the dry ingredients and, using a large spatula, fold it into the batter until all the flour streaks have disappeared. Fold in the nuts and figs.
  • Pour into prepared pan and bake for 20-30 minutes or until the colour is a golden brown and the bars begin to pull away from the sides of the pan. Remove from oven and place on a wire cooling rack. Cool completely before frosting.
  • Frosting: Place the pieces of butter into a small saucepan and melt over low heat. Continue to cook over medium-low heat until the butter just begins to brown (it will be a faster process than the blondie batter since you are not using as much butter). Stir constantly and stop soon after the bubbles are a light brown. Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.
  • In a large bowl, pour in the cool, melted butter. On low speed, very slowly add the confectioners sugar, alternating with the eggnog until the frosting is smooth, even and spreadable. If you find that you need to add more eggnog, add it in increments of 1/2 teaspoons until you have the right consistency. Using the edges of the foil, carefully remove the cooled bars out of the pan and frost evenly. Garnish with chopped nuts if desired.
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