Sunday, September 29, 2013

Tried a new recipe ....And it flopped

The weekends are the best time for me to try out new recipes. This Saturday morning, before I went to the gym, I decided to try a new recipe that I had brewing in my mind for a couple of weeks. I called it: pumpkin spice fudge and it was going to be the easiest pumpkin spice fudge recipe you had ever seen!

Normally, when I make my fudge I make the no bake kind. I am all about easy and tasty recipes...just in case you haven't caught on to that already. I take a:

Bag of chocolate chips
Can of sweetened condensed milk
Dab of vanilla

And pour them all into a 4 cup Pyrex measuring cup and cook in the micro for 1 minute, stir and cook in increments of 30 seconds, stirring between each until everything is all melted together with no lumps. I then pour it into a non-stick foil lined 8x8 baking dish and pop it in the fridge to set. SUPER easy and SUPER good!

I concocted this pumpkin spice fudge recipe in my head...following the same directions as above, but using a:

Bag of white chocolate chips
Can of sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup pumpkin pure
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Dab of vanilla

Sometimes when I come up with recipes that I JUST KNOW will work, I publish them right away on my Raleigh Cooking Examiner page. But, this one....for some reason...I was unsure about and wanted to test it first. It's a good thing I did!!!!! It was a complete disaster...a complete flop!

Apparently, there are more dark chocolate chips in a bag then there are white ones. And even though I know that white chocolate chips really aren't chocolate at all, I still thought this would work. NOPE! The chips did not melt properly...they were all lumpy and it was a liquid mess. It smelled fantastic, but that did not matter. It would not mix or set, so I labeled it a flop.

Thankfully, this doesn't happen too often. I cant remember the last time I came up with a recipe and it was a disaster as this one was. Well, we live and learn! What exactly did I learn you might ask...let me tell you:

Go with your gut, chances are it is right!
White chocolate chips do not melt as well as dark chocolate chips.
There are less white chocolate chips in a bag then there are dark chocolate chips.
Test your recipes if you are unsure.
Always shop for ingredients where you get the best prices: just in case you need to throw your food away (you won't feel as bad).

I think this was a great learning experience. Now, to come up with that pumpkin spice fudge recipe : /

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Baking and cooking and baking and cooking

With Fall about to arrive in just a few weeks, it seems like all I can think about is trying out new recipes! I think about cooking new dishes and baking new treats.

This is no surprise happens to me each and every year. I have already generated a few new recipes and I think it is safe to say that there will be many, many more to come.

We always hear people talking about the crisp Autumn breezes and smells of pies baking in the oven. And trust me, those are two of my favorite things when it comes to the season.

Something else I like to think about are the Holidays which to me signifies spending time with friends and family. People celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas for different reasons. Some celebrate their religious beliefs, others celebrate the parties and exchanging of gifts. Whatever the reason is that you celebrate be sure to try out a new recipe this year. You never know, it may become a family fave!

I did that a few years ago. I made a batch of homemade Reese's brownies. My adult nephew made me promise to make them year after year! So, for him....I make Reese's brownies :)

Here are a few recipes you can either try or add to to suit the tastes of your family and friends:

Brownie baking ideas

Shortbread recipe: Try adding chocolate chips, instant coffee, powdered sugar icing or fruit jam for a topping.

Apple crumble recipe: Try using different fruits for this recipe.

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