Let’s talk about fails, baby. Kitchen fails. I got ’em. Maybe you got ’em? I think I got a lot of ’em. This whole ‘recipe development’ bidness ain’t always a bed of roses. Unsurprisingly, it is a lot of trial and error. You can try and educate yourself about what works and why until the cows come home (and I do – I’m a food nerd and I love it), but you won’t really know until you get up in the kitchen and test!
So, I’ve had a particularly grueling string of kitchen fails lately, and I wanted to share them with you. Just so you know that I don’t just throw up any old thing on The Sugar Hit! I stand by my ‘no calorie wastage’ policy. If you’re going to indulge in a piece of pie, or a donut, or a slice of cake, then I want it to be most definitely worth your while – and totally worth the extra few rounds around the block.
So let me run through a few of my recent fails for you – just for laughs.
At the top of this post are those swirly-style Swedish buns! The filling was DELICIOUS – a cinnamon, sugar, butter mix pimped up with almond butter – but I attempted a very buttery dough, which fell completely flat. Like, they were flat as a cookie. No good. Back to the drawing board.
Next photo! That pan of crumbly dough was meant to be the base of some lemon bars. The base turned out amazingly – it was crunchy and long-baked, so it had a brown butter flavour with pecans and rosemary. The filling? Ugh. I sort of hacked together a recipe from a bunch of sources, but they all included so much flour, so it turned out really chewy. Is that how lemon bars are supposed to be? Not a fan.
Now, for the things that I didn’t even photograph…there was a chocolate buttermilk cake that I was trying to make super-moist, which ended up gummy and horrible (too much liquid).
A batch of peanut butter-rice crispy fudge, which just never jelled, and the rice crispies were weirdly chewy and stale. Gak, binned it.
There was an attempt at a low-carb bread? I don’t even know why I did this. It was completely horrible, and totally wrong on every level. It tasted like seaweed (though it contained none) and should never have been in my kitchen, ever.
What else? There was a pumpkin-curry soup that turned out way too strong…but I saved that by turning it into a curry sauce for roasted veggies. That was actually delicous.
Anyway – TELL ME YOUR FAILS! I’m so fascinated by kitchen fails! Come at me kitchen folks!