Make blondies with a ‘twist’ using flavour expert’s four-ingredient recipe

Blondies are just as loveable and indulgent as their brownie counterparts, but their ingredients are where the two recipes diverge the most.

The lighter bakes use vanilla extract and brown sugar to get their flavour, while brownies use chocolate and cocoa.

However, one expert has claimed that one ingredient that works perfectly in both is balsamic vinegar.

Having previously shared his vinegar-infused brownies with, Phil Bianchi, food and flavour expert and founder of The Gift of Oil has the perfect alternative in the form of blondies.

Speaking exclusively to, he said: “This simple blondie recipe is perfect for all occasions, especially when you’re short on time.”

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  • 250g smooth peanut butter
  • 200g light brown sugar
  • Two large eggs
  • Two tablespoons of balsamic vinegar

Phil continued: “Adding balsamic vinegar to the recipe will give the blondies a twist, adding a tanginess to the blondie that will compliment the sweetness.”

With just four ingredients required, it’s easy to play around with the flavours too. The Gift of Oil founder suggested swapping the regular balsamic vinegar for infused versions, such as chocolate and coffee-infused balsamic or black cherry-infused balsamic.

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How to make blondies

Preheat your oven to 180C and line a baking dish with a little depth to it with parchment paper.

In a mixing bowl, combine the measured peanut butter and brown sugar until well blended, then set aside.

Carefully crack the eggs into a separate bowl, taking care not to spill any of the shells.

Whisk well until the yolks and whites are combined, then add to the peanut butter-sugar mixture. Continue mixing everything until smooth, then pour in the balsamic vinegar.

Stir well once more before transferring everything into the prepared baking dish and spread it evenly.

Bake in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Allow the blondies to cool in the pan before slicing the traybake up into even squares.

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