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Rum Infused Brown Butter Apple Blondies


*Rum Infused Brown Butter:

1 cup butter
1 cup good dark rum

What is brown Butter? It is butter that has been heated until most of the the moisture in the butter has evaporated and the milk solids left are toasted. To make brown butter- place a stick of butter in a cold stainless pot or pan (not non-stick because you need to watch the color of the butter change). Over medium heat melt the butter- stir occasionally to ensure even melting. As the butter heats up, it will start steaming and foaming. You will notice little bits of butter solids forming- this is what we are browning. As soon as the milk solids are a nice toasty color remove the pan from the heat and pour the butter into your container- being sure to get as much of the bits as you can.

Once you have browned the butter, let it cool for a few minutes. Meanwhile, take a jar that is large enough to hold 1 cup of rum and butter. After the butter has cooled pour it into the jar. Next tighten the lid and shake. Let the jar sit at room temp for several hours to overnight- and shake several times. After waiting your chosen amount of time, place the jar into the fridge. Leave this in the fridge at least overnight- or until you are ready to strain it. While chilling in the fridge, the butter will float to the top of the rum and solidify and some milk solids will settle out and fall to the bottom of the rum.

To separate the butter from the rum, break through the butter and allow the rum to pour out. Usually a small pie wedge cut out of the solid butter works best, which allows the rum to flow freely without breaking the butter up too much. Strain at least once through a coffee filter.

Infusion is a two way street. You have not only created buttered rum, you have created rum butter! This can be used wherever you wish to add buttery flavors or an amazing infused rum.

2 cups peeled chopped apples (about 2 medium apples)
1 Tbsp Make & Muddle 7 Syrup
1 Tbsp brown sugar

2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp nutmeg

1 cup rum infused browned butter*

2 large eggs, room temperature
2 tsp Make & Muddle 7 Syrup
1 2/3 cups packed light or dark brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 Tbsp milk
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp buttered rum

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line the bottom and sides of a 9×13 inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on the sides. Add the apples, 7 Syrup, and brown sugar. Stir and cook over medium heat until apples have slightly softened, about 3-5 minutes.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg together.

In a medium bowl, whisk 3/4 cup rum infused browned butter, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract together. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Fold in the apples. Batter will be thick.

Evenly spread batter into the prepared pan. Bake for about 35 minutes or until the top is lightly browned and a toothpick comes out *mostly* clean. Remove from the oven and allow the blondies to cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.

Rum Infused Brown butter icing: Heat the remaining 1/4 cup of brown butter in the microwave for a few seconds. Whisk in confectioners’ sugar, milk, and vanilla extract. If needed, add more confectioners’ sugar to thicken or more milk to thin out. Drizzle over cooled blondies, then cut into squares.

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