5 September 2012

Fig & Rum Blondies [Low Fat & Low Sugar]

This is only the second time that I've made blondies, and both times they've been based on my standard brownie recipe because my understanding of a blondie is that it's a brownie made with white chocolate instead of dark (by all means, correct me if I'm wrong!) These are actually pretty low calorie since I based them on the recipe for Healthy Brownies that I posted back in January - let's just say I ate a little too much carrot cake and now I need something a little more forgiving in the calorie department. Not only are they low calorie, they are also exceptionally tasty. Gooey and not too sweet, with a hint of flavour from the rum, you would never know these were meant to be good for you.

My earliest memory of figs is when my parents bought chocolate covered figs from an Italian vendor in Tavistock Pannier Market - they tasted amazing! The act of breaking through the chocolate coating to the gooey fig below is a memory that has lasted me what must be coming up to ten years, and yet I've not eaten any for almost as long. This needs to be rectified!

Though the recipe was based on my Healthy Brownies, I did make a couple of alterations aside from the obvious change of chocolate type. I realised too late that I was meant to use light mayonnaise in the recipe so instead settled for standard light spread; I also added a teaspoon of  nutmeg because I read somewhere that it enhances the buttery taste in the final product, so I've been experimenting with it a bit. I've got a thing for spices at the moment (reaching further than my normal paprika obsession with savoury food) so had to restrain myself from adding anything else to the mix and ruining the rum and fig flavourings. I'm saving a spice extravaganza for my next foray in the kitchen later in the week, which I'll tell you about once it happens.

There was a wonderful aroma from the batter when I mixed the wet ingredients with the dry ones. Rum and white chocolate apparently go well together: I must investigate this further! In the mean time, have a go at these. I highly recommend them for a spot of afternoon tea, or similar - if you'd rather go for the high calorie version, just use real butter and 500g caster sugar instead of the fruit sugar.


  • 375g Light Sunflower Spread
  • 3 Eggs
  • 200g White Chocolate
  • 300g Plain Flour
  • 165g Tate & Lyle Fruit Sugar
  • 3 Figs
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Tsp Nutmeg
  • 75mL White Rum
  • Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan and line a brownie or roasting tin with parchment paper.
  • Break the white chocolate into a medium sized pan over a low heat and add the sunflower spread. Stir occasionally until everything is melted, then remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  • Sieve the plain flour into a mixing bowl and add the baking powder, nutmeg and sugar.Stir to combine and make a well in the middle.
  • Add the eggs to the chocolate mixture and beat in, then stir in the rum.
  • Pour the chocolate mixture into the flour mixture and stir until everything is well combined and the batter is smooth.
  • Chop the figs into small chunks and stir them into the batter.
  • Pour the batter into the tin and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until just cooked - it should still be gooey inside but there should be a crisp layer on top.
Slight variation in colour - not yet used to my new oven...
For more tips on baking in a manner that will not induce a heart attack, take a look at Healthy(ish) Baking.

This recipe is a shoe-in for two challenges this month. The first is my very own blogging challenge, Baking With Spirit, where the challenge is to bake with a different type of alcohol each month. This month the alcohol of choice is rum, so these tie in nicely. 

The second challenge is the One Ingredient Challenge, hosted by Laura at How To Cook Good Food and Nazima at Working London Mummy on alternating months. This month is Laura's turn and she has chosen figs as the ingredient of choice.


As mentioned above, I'll be back with a spice extravaganza, probably at the weekend, but you'll have to wait and see!


  1. Fig and rum sounds like an interesting combination – I don't think I've ever tried them together before!

    1. It actually works pretty well! I think the rum gives more of an undertone of flavour in these rather than an intense one, though.

  2. Figs, nutmeg, Rum and white chocolate all sound like the recipe for something very tasty indeed. I love that you can make this version as well as a full fat version. Nothing beats an adaptable recipe!
    Thanks so much for entering One Ingredient :-)
    Laura@howtocookgoodfood xx

  3. These sound fabuloso - I love figs and am now feeling betrayed that I've never discovered chocolate covered figs at Tavistock market or anywhere else!

    1. I think the seller was called Giovanni - he might have his own Italian shop next to the market now, I think. I hope he still makes them!

  4. These look really good. I've never made blondies before, someone told me they were difficult to get right - but with figs, white chocolate and rum what could possibly go wrong?

    1. I think if you choose a good brownie recipe and swap the dark chocolate for white, as I did, you can't go wrong! The Nigella one from Domestic Goddess is my favourite.

  5. ohh these do sound very moreish! I have not made blondies but will have to try as am a brownie fan.


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