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Failures in the Kitchen

by Stephanie Suire on May 6, 2012

Since this is somewhat of a food blog, you would think that maybe I would post pictures of food every once in a while.

Unfortunately, my baking experiments have not been very successful lately and I am not really inspired to take beautiful, enticing pictures of baking failures.

About two weeks ago, Mama Pea posted a recipe for Chunky Apple muffins and I instantly knew that I wanted to bake them for the kids to have for breakfast that week.  However I don’t usually have almond or coconut flour in my house (her recipe) so I switched up the recipe a little.  Basically I made my own recipe on the fly and tried to “healthify” my own way with applesauce and greek yogurt.

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Let me be the first to say that my two-year old son, Tallen has really stepped up his baking skills.  I told him to let me get the ingredients ready first (so I could keep his little hands away from the knife as I chopped up apples) and I would tell him when I was ready for my baking assistant.  He must have run into the kitchen half a dozen times and asked “Are you ready for me yet?”  My heart goes pitter-patter for a man who bakes, especially one who is barely three feet tall and gives me chocolate milk kisses before I leave for work each morning.

Finally Tallen climbed up on the chair next to the island in the kitchen and stirred those ingredients like only a 2-year-old can.  Which means that there was batter all over the counter, his shirt and his shoes when we finished.  After baking and taste testing the muffins, I would say they tasted fine but were not picture worthy and turned soggy within a day.  Sophia declared that they were so good she could not stop eating them, but she eats anything I put in front of her so I’m not sure she is the best judge of my baking skills.

Last week I was craving something rich and chocolatey, so I turned to my new cookbook from Joy the Baker.  She has a recipe for a single serving chocolate lava cake that looked amazing!  I whipped up TWO servings, thinking that I would be nice and make one for my husband, but he turned me down because he is trying to get back in shape for the summer.  Too bad he missed out, because that left me with TWO single serving chocolate lava cakes!  Which is apparently one too many because I ended up with a stomach ache.

Source: Joy the Baker Cookbook

Source: Joy the Baker Cookbook

Apparently Joy the Baker’s oven cooks much faster than mine.  The recipe indicates that you should bake the cake for 7-10 minutes and leave it a little gooey in the middle .  Mine was still liquid at 10 minutes.  After a few more minutes I could not wait any longer and ended up with an undercooked middle but deliciously sinful cake around the edges.  Next time I will know to cook it for about 14 minutes.  Next time I will also only make ONE cake and not overdose on sweetness.

Have you had any failures in the kitchen lately?  Was it still edible or a total disaster? 

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1 Jackie May 6, 2012 at 10:08 PM

I totally know how it is with a miniature chef around….a massive mess afterwards, but a very happy child!!!

One time I made Martha Stewart’s gingerbread cookies and I don’t know what I did but even the dough was not edible!

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2 Stephanie May 7, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Yes, letting the kids help me in the kitchen always results in a huge mess but they LOVE to help and I hope I am encouraging them to cook when they get older.

Ooo, gingerbread cookies are one of my favorites! I hate when a recipe does not turn out and I don’t know why!

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3 Jamie May 7, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Yes, I have had a few disasters in the kitchen. The most memorable was when I was a teenagers and my mom had to leave for her meeting and left me to make the biscuits for the top of the chicken sauce. We were having chicken n dumplings for dinner. Um, the chicken part was yummy, but my dumplings were gross. Instead of using baking powder, I used baking soda. The baking soda made the biscuits bitter and inedible, but I learned to actually read the recipe more than once from that incident. Every disaster is an opportunity to grow and learn something new.
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4 Stephanie May 7, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Learning from kitchen disasters has made me a better cook and reminded me to read recipes several times before I even attempt to make a new dish. I can see how baking powder/baking soda can be mixed up when reading a recipe, but it does make a huge difference in taste. Umm, chicken ‘n dumplings sounds good. I will have to put that on the menu in the next few weeks!

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5 SinnerElla May 7, 2012 at 11:21 AM

I love that your 2 year old loves to bake. Both of my kids are getting into the kitchen more often now, but it’s usually for reasons I want to scream over. (like 4 days in a row of dying for mac n cheese or making cookies mostly out of chucks of chocolate, batter is negotiable)
Wanted to stop in a say hello, found you on the SITS girls link for this week.
Good luck with your next endeavor, baking isn’t as hard as it sometimes seems, just gotta figure out timing and temps that work out best for you.
Have a great week!
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6 Sarah C. May 7, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Hello, I love fitness and health. I’m your newest RSS follower! Have a great day!
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7 Karen May 8, 2012 at 3:37 PM

I have lots of kitchen failures! Admittedly I will burn a waffle or pancake on almost a daily basis. And don’t even get me started on my grilled cheese sandwiches – burnt on the outside, no melty cheese on the inside. It’s a shame too because I really love to cook, my impatience gets the better of me : )
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8 Stephanie May 10, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Grilled cheese is something I burn about 75% of the time. I always forget about it and usually have to make another one to feed my kids (if I can’t hide the burnt side from them)!

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9 Tonya May 9, 2012 at 7:41 AM

Visiting from SITS – the only real problem I have with my kitchen is my 12-year-old baker who never cleans her mess! :) Have a beautiful day!
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10 Danielle May 10, 2012 at 7:25 AM

It still looks delicious… even if the insides are runny! try try again! (:
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11 Stephanie May 10, 2012 at 8:24 AM

I have to admit, the part that was cooked did taste pretty good. I am sure I will make this again and cook it a little longer next time!

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