Though I could never blindly declare that all our nation’s woes were suddenly absolved, I will say this: It’s been an ok week to be an American. Last Friday’s gay marriage ruling was a massive victory for so many I love. Though I’m not affected by it directly, I feel one step closer to a nation that truly acts on its supposed belief in equality.
Growing up in Hawaii, I’ve long been awake to the weight of privilege. I was a foreigner in a land that white people once attacked and colonized, a land that still caters to white privilege as much as it disdains it. I grew up feeling, for lack of a better word, other. With my red-hair and white skin, I didn’t stand a chance at fitting in. I was mocked for my appearance, and learned that being made to feel different felt, well, awful.
At the same time, though, I also learned a humility and understanding of my place in the world much different than if I had grown up on the mainland. Even still, my experience as a minority is nothing like that of people of color around the world, or those who experience minority status in other ways.
Add some citrus to satisfy your sweet tooth! These blondies are studded with white chocolate and topped with a creamy, sweet red grapefruit frosting.
TIME TO TABLE: 10 minutes prep, 25 minutes baking.
INGREDIENTS: Blondies ½ cup unsalted butter, melted 2/3 cup light brown sugar 1 large egg ¼ teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour ½ cup white chocolate chips 1/3 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Frosting ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened 2 cups confectioner’s sugar 2 ½ tablespoons juice from a freshly squeeze Paramount Citrus red grapefruit Zest of 1 Paramount Citrus red grapefruit Pinch of salt
PREPARATION 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8 x 8 inch baking pan with butter or cooking spray.
2. To make the blondies, add the butter and sugar to a medium-size mixing bowl. Stir until smooth, about 1 minute. Stir in the egg.
3. Add the baking powder, salt and baking soda. Stir until all ingredients are combined
4. Add the flour and stir just until a batter forms. Fold in the white chocolate chips and walnuts.
5. Transfer the batter to the prepared baking pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the edges of the blondies are browned and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool completely.
6. For the frosting, add the butter and confectioner’s sugar to the bowl of a mixer. Mix on medium until the butter begins to combine with the sugar, about 90 seconds.
7. With mixer on medium, add the grapefruit, juice, grapefruit zest and salt. Turn the mixer to high and beat for 1 to 2 minutes, until the frosting is smooth and creamy
8. Frost the blondies, cut into 9 squares and serve.
Seeing as cotton candy is basically just fluffafied sugar. I’m sure this ice cream is incredibly delicious and sweet as heck. There is also literal pieces of cotton candy that go into the ice cream and process of this, which no doubt help give it the gorgeous rainbow colours that you see here.
I think we can all agree, (probably) that pie is an internationally recognised food of deliciousness. Whether it is sweet or savoury. The pie is a familiar friend. As is the chocolate chip cookie. This recipe combines both.