Today, Alaska from Scratch turned 2 years old! We’ve come quite a long way in the last year since our first blogiversary. I couldn’t have done any of this without my amazing readers and fans. So, thank you for being here. Thank you for reading, and cooking my recipes, and for coming back and reading again. Thank you for your questions and comments, for your senses of humor, for your encouraging words, for your honest feedback, and for taking chances with me in your kitchens when there are so many recipe options out there for you to choose from. I consider it a great privilege that you have have allowed Alaska from Scratch into your lives and onto your tables. A hundred times, thank you.
I’ve learned something new about myself this fall: I’m tremendously particular about apple desserts. I’ve been wanting to post something sweet and appley all season, and had made multiple attempts, but none of them were blog-worthy for me. I made what should have been, by all accounts, a marvelous buttermilk apple cake with cinnamon sugar topping. It was lovely to behold. But, to me, it was just okay. Then, I decided I’d make a glorious apple crisp with brown butter crumble topping and vanilla ice cream. Meh. Just plain meh. I didn’t think it was good enough. After two mediocre attempts that should have been clear winners, I realized that it’s not the desserts, it’s me. Perhaps there are only a few apple desserts I truly like? Perhaps I’m the problem here? It’s a tragedy, truly. Apples are fall, apples are Americana, apples are downright delicious. I was determined not to give up. I was going to develop a new apple dessert recipe I loved this season if it killed me.
Eureka! I’ve found it. These Apple Butterscotch Blondies are exactly what I was hoping for. Rich, buttery, and gooey, with bites of tart apple to offset the sweetness of the butterscotch. I knew that the apples would give off some of their juices in the baking process, so I added a small amount of oats to the blondies to absorb the moisture and add a nice little chewy texture. So blessed good. Next time I make these, I think I’ll bake it all in a cast iron skillet and serve it family-style with vanilla ice cream on top. Go make these. Seriously, do it.
Other Alaska from Scratch apple favorites: