At the risk of sounding like the World's worst baker, I’m going to
share this morning’s culinary experience.
Just know that not all my cooking endeavors turn out like the following
When I woke up this morning, I had the strange urge to bake something. I examined the contents of my pantry and
settled on a Cooking Light recipe I’d been eyeing for some time now, Zucchini-PineappleQuick Bread
. The recipe yielded 2 loaves
of quick bread, but since I generally prefer muffins to loaves, I decided to
make half the recipe into muffins.
After skimming through the recipe one last time, I was satisfied
that I had all the ingredients and began the process. What I didn’t know then, was that this
particular baking adventure would soon be known as “Muffin Mayhem”.
In no time at all, I had mixed, mashed and measured the last
of the batter into the proper baking dishes they were ready to be shoved into
the oven. Everything seemed to be moving
along just fine when I realized I had overlooked the crucial last step… add
pineapple. I figured that since I had wanted to try this recipe for so long, I
should do it as written. Seeing as pineapple
was one of the main ingredients and part of the recipe title, I set about
pouring and scraping all the batter back into the mixing bowl in order to add
the forgotten ingredient. Waste of time…check! Waste of muffin liners…check! Annoying… DOUBLE check!!
Unbeknownst to me, this was only the first of many mishaps
for my zucchini-pineapple bread. After
re-filling the muffin tins and loaf pan, I put it in the oven and patiently
waited. Ding! Muffins are done… perfect! Twenty minutes later the loaf finished and
also looked fantastic. By this time, the
muffins had cooled and were ready for a taste test. I grabbed one and brewed myself a cup of Wild Mountain Blueberry coffee
(if you haven’t tried this flavor yet, do it now! You’re welcome!). I sat down with my meal and called my friend
Cindy, where we proceeded to catch up over one of our normal “breakfast phone
After we had finished chatting, I was excited to see if the bread had turned out as
delicious as the muffins. Upon walking into the kitchen, I noticed that the entire loaf had deflated and had sunk
down in the middle. Oops! "Maybe it’ll be okay?", I thought to
myself. I proceeded to try pop the loaf
out of the pan, when-- PLOP! A pile of
gooey mess falls out onto the counter… turns out that the middle was not set
yet and I had taken it out of the oven too early. Today was just NOT my day!!
Since this was not the first let-down of the day, I just chalked it up
to an "off" baking experience and accepted defeat. At least the muffins turned out alright.
I began to clean up my tornado of a mess and was carrying a
bowl of flour to the sink when my spastic canine (thinking I was carrying food in
which he was entitled to) ran through my feet and tripped me. Of course, the bowl flew through the
air. After a comedic, but successful attempt
to stop the bowl from hitting the floor, I was left standing in a cloud of
flour dust. After the "dust" cleared, I
looked below me and found “this” in which I could find no words…
|"What just happened?! Did I do that?!" |
|"Notice the flour in my eye? It made a paste and Mom had to get it out|
by flushing my eyes with contact solution. I did NOT like this!"
Labels: Baking, Henri, Muffins, Pineapple, Recipe, Zucchini