Welcome to the failed baked goods post! Which also happens to be my birthday post. I turned eighteen yesterday, which I thought was the perfect excuse to bake some goodies. Unfortunately for me, they didn’t turn out all that well.
These are the Low-Fat Double Chocolate Muffins by Celine, only with about two tablespoons of cocoa instead of the 1/4 cup the recipe calls for. I didn’t realize that I didn’t have enough of it until I had to add it to the flour, so I just continued to follow the recipe and hoped for the best. They really aren’t bad (my Dad thought they were the best muffins I’d made so far – he somehow never likes muffins, but he did like these), I just wish I’d been able to make them the way they were supposed to. I made 12 small muffins instead of 6 big ones, by the way.
These brownies, however, were a real mess. They’re the Ten Minute Brownies from the Student’s Go Vegan Cookbook, a recipe that I’ve made before, but somehow they were much worse this time than the last time I made them. It started when I was making the batter. This recipe requires that you
melt a cup of chocolate and mix that into the wet ingredients (which is why I chose to make this recipe; I was out of cocoa powder, but still had some chocolate left). All that went very well, but when I wanted to add the wet ingredients to the dry, it turned out that the cocoa had already turned solid again and the two were kind of hard to mix together. I just put the whole bowl in the microwave for a few seconds and all seemed good again after that. I even took them out of the oven a little earlier to make sure that the brownies wouldn’t turn out too dry, but that happened anyway. As you can see on the picture, they completely fell apart. Some people who tried them said they didn’t taste like brownies at all, either, so I don’t know. I liked this recipe the last time I made it, but I guess I just need to get myself some new cocoa powder and try a new recipe.
I also made some more ice cream. Chocolate ice cream, this time, hoping I would get at least one chocolate flavoured treat right. I’m not sure about this yet. I had some guests try it and they didn’t dislike it, but it didn’t really taste like ice cream to them either. It was more of a very cold chocolate mousse, according to some.
I think it’s time to stop randomly mixing things together in the food processor and calling it ice cream, and start trying other people’s recipes for a change. Especially Celine’s Frozen Tiramisu is one of the top things on my list of things to try when I finally get off my lazy butt and go to a place that sells silken tofu.
So yeah, the things I made weren’t much good. I’m glad my Mom at least baked three great apple pies. She makes the best apple pie… I think I’ll post the recipe sometime, because it’s so good. Now, maybe it’s best to stop baking for a (little) while and go back to doing some schoolwork… and hope my food will turn out a bit better again after that.