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There is an adorable cafe in my neighborhood with the most amazing brown butter blondies. A perfect Saturday involves coffee in bed with my sweet, a yoga class finished with a Mary Oliver poem during our final savasana, and a long meandering walk to Volunteer Park Cafe with a dear friend. As the ritual goes, we sit outside (sunshine permitting), sipping iced coffee, splitting an entree, and topping it off with a brown butter blondie, and a chocolate chip/oatmeal/cherry cookie. Divine. Last Saturday I was really craving a blondie, and totally out of luck. They were absent from the pastry case! Determined to re-create them at home, I searched the internet for a recipe that might just produce the amazing results I was hoping for, and settled on a recipe from Blue Ridge Baker.

blondies

  • 1/2 cup butter, browned
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/8 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 cup flour

Preheat oven to 350. Butter and lightly flour an 8×8 pan. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the brown butter and sugar. Add the egg and vanilla and whisk until well combined. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix. Pour into prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack. Enjoy!

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Until Monday, when we were graced with fleeting snow flurries, Seattle was experiencing some lovely Spring weather. Sunny, with highs of 60 degrees and cherry blossoms in full bloom. 

Saturday morning was no exception, and I celebrated the perfect Spring weather over an outdoor brunch with friends at Volunteer Park Cafe. Stumptown coffee, delicious baked goods, sunny sidewalk tables and friendly servers = cafe perfection.

The three of us shared the caramelized banana brioche french toast, brie, apple & lavender honey panini and the spinach & goat cheese quiche. All three were divine – the quiche coming in last because the thin, too crispy crust was difficult to eat, and left something to be desired. The atmosphere was perfect for sitting on the sidewalk, sipping iced americanos and chatting. Had there not been a line,  I could have sat their all day enjoying the sunshine and atmosphere. I am amazed I’ve been living in Seattle for almost ten years and have just now discovered this gem.