I fancied a change from brownies so I thought I would give these blondies a go. I used a recipe from here, but whilst they were perfectly nice in their own way, they just didn't stand a hope when compared with my usual brownies (I don't mean to sound big headed, but my brownies really are that good). They were too cakey and not dense and stodgy enough, and in my opinion that is the whole point of baked goods from the brownie family...gentlemen may prefer blondes but I think I will stick to brownies.
In the process of making them however I have come to the conclusion that my oven is pants. I had to cook them for twice as long as it said, and I don't think it is getting anywhere near as hot as it should be. It never used to matter as I just made things up as I went along, but I am noticing it more and more now that I am trying to teach myself to do things properly. It's also quite irritating as it means that the times and temperatures I have given in my recipes until now might be a bit dodgy...so until I am able to get a new oven (which could be quite some time!) I suggest that if you are lucky enough to be in possession of a properly functioning oven (I know all ovens cook differently anyway but you know what I mean) and you wish to make one of my recipes you should maybe cook things for a little less time than the recipe says.