I will post recipes for some but lets dissect this a little shall we? Could it be there was a flaw in the recipes? The salted caramel brownies for example. The first time I made the caramel I burnt the TAR out of it! I had to re-do it. It was a strange recipe to me to begin with. I literally re-read the recipe 3 times before starting. Put the sugar in a pan and melt. Wha? Huh? With what liquid? It must be a misprint. Nope. PUT THE SUGAR IN THE PAN TO MELT. ER um ok. When it turns a dark amber color melt the butter. When it turns amber NOT BLACK Kelli. DANG IT! Try again. The second time perfect. It said to wait 10 minutes and let cool before using in recipe. Ok. 1 hour later it was still liquid. I put it in the fridge. Still very runny. It says "put 9 dollops of caramel onto brownies". When something is liquidy, there are no dollops. I pressed on and baked them bad boys up. What did I get? ZERO caramel dollops in my baked brownie. Not only that, it had a gritty texture, almost chalky. GROSS! GROSS! GROSS! I should have used my caramel recipe huh? The perpetrator is pictured below:
NO that is not caramel behind the brownie I think its bbq sauce ok people! Yes I could have lied and said "ooohhh look at the lovely caramel dripping off of it". I'm honest to a fault LOL
Next is the famous WASC cake. White Almond Sour Cream Cake. Ok little did I know, I do not like Almond Extract. Had I known, I would have used something different. This may be better with a vanilla bean, MAY meaning POSSIBLY. I also think I over baked it for simple fear of under baking it. I should have listened to my gut. Stomach. You get the drift. The perpetrator is below:
I will post this recipe separately with a slice picture as well so you can see the crumb. This is a nice buttercream frosting. Good but I would maybe only use it on cupcakes. Really not a good pairing with the cake. Would do better with a cream cheese or whipped frosting which are not a sweet.
I also, in between, didn't feel like going through all of the motions of making Porcupine Meatballs but didn't want to waste the hamburger I took out. So I came up with this lil guy:
I made this in individual ramekins. Filled with meat, baby peas, baby carrots and swimming in a mushroom soup base seasoned with thyme and rosemary. I topped with boxed mashed potatoes, little cheese and some french fried onions. Very quick and I had everything on hand. I will be posting this one.
Lastly, Caramel Crumb Bars. Let me tell you the crumb on this is OUTSTANDING. Again, I can see infinite possibilities with regards to filling. A nice homemade lemon curd, raspberry filling, ohhhh yummy! The caramel in this was.......odd. I know not a very grown up adjective but still. It was colored like peanut butter rather than the see through amber I have come to love. Good, yet not amazing like the crumb that encased it. I will post the recipe as well:
With so many failures in a two week time span, shall I hang up my apron? Is it dumb luck? Am I too stressed and not cooking properly? Am I being too hard on myself? I think at the very least I will take a break for a day or two :)
Love you guys,