A while ago the children and I tried a brownie recipe which included chocolate Weetabix in the ingredients. Remembering how much fun the kids had smashing the Weetabix to smithereens, I decided that we would have a go with Shredded Wheat and make blondies. I love the idea of cereal in brownies or blondies. Adding cereal to baked goods makes me feel a bit less naughty when I eat them and I bet if I didn’t mention it and I offered you one, you probably wouldn’t realise that they contained Shredded Wheat.
Whenever I mention a cooking project in the vicinity of the children, Ophelia always pipes in with: ‘me too, me too.’ This made me realise that she would probably like to have a project on her own. She was the other reason for using cereal in this recipe. At 22 months, she clearly has very little concept of quantity, but she can count to three. We counted two packets of Shredded Wheat together (4 biscuits in total) and while she bashed them still in the packets (less mess) I measured out the rest of the ingredients and melted the butter and the white chocolate.
I may be wrong, but I am pretty sure she may have (well OK definitely) eaten some blueberries. She ate more blueberries in this process than chocolate. Knowing Ophelia as I do, I didn’t find this particularly unusual. What did surprise me was the colour she had around her mouth and all over her hands afterwards. If you are using frozen blueberries, you may want to have wipes to hand to stop your little one getting blueberry juice everywhere!
- 110g melted butter or margarine
- 100g melted white chocolate
- 110g light brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2tsp vanilla extract
- 110g self raising flour
- 2 Shredded Wheat packets (4 biscuits in total)
- 100g chocolate chips (we used some Milky Bar buttons which we had leftover)
- 50g blueberries (we used frozen)
- Preheat the oven to 180ºc fan.
- Grease a 16cm square tin and line with greaseproof paper.
- If you have young children let them crunch the Shredded Wheat in the packet while you melt the chocolate and butter. If they are older they may well enjoy measuring out the butter and breaking the chocolate and helping with the melting process.
- Once the chocolate and butter have melted mix them together until completely combined.
- Crack the egg and mix it with the sugar and vanilla extract. Once it has been completely mixed add this to the chocolate and butter mixture and combine.
- Add the flour and Shredded Wheatand mix and add the chocolate chips and mix again.
- Put the batter into the tin and push the blueberries into the top. If you mix frozen blueberries in they will bleed and you will have purple blondies which you may not mind, but I decided that we would avoid that this time.
- Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes and leave to cool completely in the tin before removing them and cutting into 9 Blondies.
Ophelia was definitely proud to share her creation particularly with her brothers as she is desperate to be one of the big kids. I had expected that they would be a popular pudding choice. However, I was amazed that we managed to save some for Daddy and even my sister and her husband when they visited a couple of days later.