I’m full of all sorts of bright ideas when I step in the kitchen.
There seem to be endless ways to combine butter and sugar and flour, and my brain just looooves the possibilities.
And sometimes? I fail. Hardcore. We’re talking sugar burned pans, melted goopy ice cream, disgusting brownies and chocolate chip cookies as hard as hockey pucks. These things happen. Often. You should know.
Above is a picture of the Cinnamon Ice Cream that became one big disaster. It turns out you can’t melt cinnamon candy, and swirl the scalding hot melted candy sugar into the softened vanilla ice cream. The candy seizes up and melts the ice cream. You’re left with sweet milk and giant cinnamon candy blobs.
Instead, I’ll just stick to my Cookie No-Dough Ice Cream. That stuff was rad.
I though I might be able to turn these jarred cherries into some pretty stellar cupcakes. I thought wrong. The cherries sunk to the bottom of the cupcakes and the cake was just downright icky.
Raspberry Almond Cupcakes. A classic I can believe in.
I had every intention of making these Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies and sneaking a dozen of them into the movie theater with a jug of cold milk. I was going to do that… and then I baked up cookies the consistency and texture of hockey pucks. That sucked. Movie popcorn is expensive.
Stick to Alton Brown’s recipe. The man knows science and facts.
Ooooh brownies. I thought I could save myself a trip to the grocery store and make brownies from the not-so-great cocoa powder I found in the back of my pantry. When it comes to brownies, I should know better than to cheat on the chocolate.
These Dark Chocolate Brownies? My redemption.
Low Fat Vanilla Pudding? Oooh fat and flavor… where have you gone?
Milk Chocolate Pudding. Always and please.
Oh wow that cookie dough ice cream loooks gooood, sorry about your disastor with the cinnamon ice cream hehe.
When Pigs Fly
My problem whenever I come here is that I get really hungry. And, I want to start eating chocolate. I can’t stop by everyday. Otherwise, I will weigh 200 pounds.
You are human! The sounds of many sighs are filling the air,you just can’t hear them :)
the last photo is great!
Joy, that first picture makes my heart swell with…joy :)
Dude! The RiteAid by me has Red Hots Ice Cream as the feature flavor right now! I’m just in Long Beach so I’m pretty sure there’s one near you with delicious Red Hot’s Thrifty Ice Cream for youuuu….
Not sure if you saw this darling letter to you on another blog. Hope you enjoy!
I must admit….I am glad the cinnamon ice cream didn’t work out. :] Those candies you pictured are red hots, yes? They taste so artificial and bad – they ruin things.
Don’t give up on the brown butter cookies! Seriously, one of the best baking things that have happened to me so far.
America’s Test Kitchen pulls through again with a really great recipe to start with. The mixing process is a little crazy but worth it!
Yes, yes, I so agree! This is my “perfect chocolate chip cookie” recipe, too! I have cheated on the mixing time and truly, as long as you brown that butter and dissolve the sugar as best as possible once the egg is added, it’s great. My husband is stuck on them and that’s tough for someone like me who liked to bake something different every time I turn on the oven!
Yes mistakes happen all the time! I was making mocha cupcakes once and let’s just say i put a little bit more coffee than asked for… they came out tasting bitter and disgusting. Oh well!
i bet you CAN make cinnamon candy ice cream….cuz I make a salted caramel ice cream, and it involves a LOT of melted sugar, that you then combine with lots of cream, and the whole thing seizes and is lumpy and awful and if you’re me you somehow get burned sugar on the ceiling nad your toes and then you stir FOREVERRRRRRRRRRRRR and suddenly you have this amazing caramel-y cream (and still a few lumps of burnt sugar, that i just scoop out…i’m impatient). And you set that aside and make a custard and mix the custard with the cream and let it all hang out in the fridge for a while, and then run it through your ice cream maker and its amazing.
there’s the link to the salted caramel ice cream, which you should also make because its pretty amazing. but I have confidence you can adapt it to make cinnamon candy ice cream! DO IT!!!
whoooops, wrong link :)
Hey joy! It’s good to know I’m not the only one with kitchen disasters!!
I will say this, my own go-to brownie recipe involves cocoa powder. BEST brownies I’ve ever had!
Love your creative ideas, keep them coming!
Oh, I fail a lot. A LOT. I think the idea of that ice cream was a stroke of brilliance. You will find a way to make it work. The cookie ice cream? FANTASTIC!
elizabeth @ sophisticated pie
Joy- seriously, thanks for sharing all that! It’s so easy to get upset at myself when some baked goods ive been dreaming about for days, that i whole heartedly through myself into making, turn out anywhere from “eh” to downright bad. it’s somehow nice to know that other people (whose recipes i enjoy and look up to)have failures too and i dont have to quit baking or turn to drinking alone (unless I want to, of course). anyhoo- thanks again!
Red hots and ice cream?!?!? Dude, you so have to try that again because I would love to see that recipe. :-)