Dave’s Caramel Pear Blondies

Another ‘Tailgate Tucker’ recipe from one of our regular volunteers, Dave who surprised us with these little beauties. They lived up to their reputation of being rather moreish as they were quickly scoffed down with our favourite hot beverages. Hope you enjoy them too.

Dave's Caramel Pear Blondies

  • Difficulty: Easy
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Time to indulge yourself with this teatime treat that promises a chewy biscuity flavour, which will make you go back for just one more. Another treat available from our Tailgate Tucker menu which can also be consumed in a lovely outdoor setting.


  • 250g unsalted butter, cubed, plus extra for the tin
  • 3 large eggs
  • 275g light brown soft sugar
  • 25g dark brown muscovado sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 200g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 100g dried pears, roughly chopped
  • 100g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 3 tbsp caramel, from a can or jar


1. Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Butter and line a 20 x 20cm square cake tin.

2. Melt the butter in a saucepan over a medium heat, swirling it around. Allow to bubble for a few minutes, or until it turns a light golden brown and smells biscuity. Remove from the heat and leave to cool a little.

3. Tip the eggs into a large mixing bowl and whisk together with the light and dark sugars until just combined. Whisk through the melted butter, vanilla and salt.

4. Gently fold through the flour, baking powder, dried pears and most of the chocolate chunks, being careful not to overmix (this will make the blondies dense).

5. Pour the mixture into the lined tin. Top with the remaining chocolate and dollops of the caramel. Put in the centre of the oven to bake for 40 mins, or until a skewer inserted comes out with sticky crumbs (it shouldn’t be wet). Leave to cool completely in the tin. It will sink a little – the centre should be slightly squidgy. Cut into 12 squares. Will keep in an airtight container for up to three days.

6. For a variation on the mixture, why not try apple instead and swap the dried pears for chopped dried apple if you like.