Insanely good zingy lemon and berry blondies

Squidgy, sweet, tart & studded with delicious berries, these lemon-scented blondies are a quick & easy tea-time treat the whole family will enjoy.

Almost a year ago we loaned Kipper’s old car seat and stroller to some friends who were expecting their first baby. When I ran into the Mum and not-so-little Baby at the shops last month, I realised we were VERY overdue for a catch-up, and we invited them round for tea. Time to get baking! But what to make?

It’s so easy to loose touch with people, especially when you’re busy with children. In this case, the Dad used to be a colleague of DH, but shortly after his son’s birth he moved on to pastures new. They only live a couple of miles away, but it took nearly a year for us to get together for tea. Outrageous.

Under the circumstances, I wanted to make something a bit special. I’d been craving lemon (no idea why) and also wanted to use up some of the white chocolate left over from decorating Kipper’s birthday cake. I decided to make something with a firm texture, hoping to minimise the crumbs produced by small people (and messy big people) eating cake. And of course I couldn’t help adding some frozen mixed berries in a vain attempt to make the recipe slightly healthier! 

The end result was these fabulous lemon berry blondies. Squidgy, sweet, tart and studded with vibrant and delicious berries, they went down a storm! I have made a mental note to invite long-lost friends round for tea more often 😀

This recipe made 12 blondies, although of course you could cut them bigger or smaller. Use frozen berries if possible, as they are less likely to leach colour into the cake batter when stirred in.

Squidgy, sweet, tart & studded with delicious berries, these lemon-scented blondies are a quick & easy tea-time treat the whole family will enjoy.

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Lemon and berry blondies


Course Cake, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword baking
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 bars
Author Helen

Ingredients

  • 50 g butter or margarine (1/4 cup)
  • 150 g white chocolate (approx 5oz, or roughly 1 cup chocolate chips)
  • 80 g caster sugar (1/3 cup + 1 tbsp)
  • 2 eggs
  • 125 g plain flour (1 cup)
  • zest and juice of a lemon
  • 100 g mixed berries, frozen if possible - I used blackberries, raspberries & blueberries (1 cup)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 190C (375F). Line a 20cm (8 inch) square tin with baking parchment.

  2. Melt the butter and white chocolate together, either in the microwave, or over a pan of simmering water. Stir well to combine. Stir in the sugar and allow to cool slightly.
  3. Beat in the eggs and mix well. Add the flour and lemon zest and juice, and stir to combine.
  4. Finally, add the berries and gently fold in, trying not to damage the berries too much.
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake and 190C for around 25 minutes, until just cooked and beginning to brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature before cutting into bars.

Recipe Notes

Per bar: 178 calories, 8g fat, 3g protein, 23g carbs

I’m linking these yummy blondies up to the following foodie link-ups:
CookBlogShare, hosted this week by Sneaky Veg. 
Simply Eggcellent, hosted by Belleau Kitchen

 

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36 Comments:

  1. Any chance of adding ounces, teaspoons/tablespoons and cup measurements to the recipes? They sound delicious but I don’t know the metric system. Thank you.

    • Hi Ethel, I’ve updated this recipe with equivalent measures so I hope this helps. If you find a recipe that you like the look of but need to covert, you can also use google to work out the non-metric measurements. Happy baking! Helen x.

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  5. Dominic Franks (@belleaukitchen)

    ooooh, don’t thee look great. Love the lemon and berry together and I love how the berries have burst into the cake mix…. so lovely and perfect for Simply Eggcellent, thank you x

  6. Blessing @ BB's Pantry

    blondies are slowly creeping above brownies on my list of favourites. Might try these for my family’s next movie night #cookblogshare

  7. Oh these look so good! Great tip about using frozen berries too, I’m going to try this. Thanks for linking up with #CookBlogShare this week x

  8. Oh, I’m going to have to try these! They look so delicious, and not too difficult to make. PInning! #cookblogshare

  9. Ooh yum, I love anything flavoured with fresh lemon! The tray bake looks delicious, I can certainly see why it went down a storm. #cookblogshare

  10. Wow! These blondie bars would disappear quickly at my house. I love lemon and berries together and you have it all going on splendidly in this treat! 🙂

  11. Lemon and blueberry is a favorite flavor combination in my house.

  12. I love the taste of lemon. It adds such a freshness to whatever is made. I especially like it in desserts. Great recipe! Thank you for sharing.

  13. Oh my Helen, can I come round for tea? I’ve made raspberry blondies and they are fabulous, but I adore your use of lemon to cut through that sweetness.

  14. I love lemon and berry together but I’m not much of a baker. Just a major eater of baked goods. This looks doable though and very, delicious. Can’t wait to try it!

  15. These look great and really easy to make! I’m a bit useless at baking but I’ll try these 🙂

  16. Yummy! Lemon flavoured bakes are the best (after almonds) x

  17. I really need to make more lemon desserts. They are perfect for spring time.

  18. I LOVE the combination of lemon and berries – always tastes so bright and wonderful!!

  19. oh they look lovely! I’m made brownies but never blondies, lush

  20. Now you have me wanting to get in the kitchen and bake! Sounds yummy 🙂

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