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Kitchen Disasters Can be a Good Thing

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Saturday night I had planned t have several ladies over. We do a twice a year clothing swap, and while the clothes are being set up, we eat and talk. My contribution was supposed to be brownies. I have an absolutely delicious recipe that I make, and after I discovered this recipe - I'll never use a mix again. The recipe isn't my own, as I saw it online - but they are well known to be "Carmen's brownies". It's completely decadent, very fattening and completely not healthy.

They are so yummy.

You begin the recipe by melting 3 sticks of butter and mixing in 2 cups of cocoa powder. Let it cool. In a separate bowl, whisk 6 eggs and add two cups each of brown and white sugar. Mix well, pour in chocolate mixture and 2 T vanilla. (I typically use vanilla bean paste as I like the more intense flavor.) Stir in 2 cups flour and 1 t salt.

Or, forget that step.

Yes, when I was creating my yummy brownies, I became distracted and forgot to add the flour. I poured the batter into the greased 9x13 pan (you can use a larger pan if you like thinner brownies), stirred a vat of nuts into the mixture - at least it seems like a vat of nuts, my husband loves some brownie served along with the nuts. I popped the pan into the preheated 350 degree oven. I checked the brownies at 30 minutes, when my kitchen smelled absolutely amazing, and the brownies weren't done. I checked them again at 40 and 50 minutes, and saw that they were beginning to burn around the edges, but they looked grainy and were still doughy in the middle.

And that's when I realized I'd forgotten the flour. I removed the pan from the oven, grumbling all the while, only to realize that I'd forgotten to line the pan with parchment paper or foil. I always do this with brownies, as once they are cool you can just lift the entire block of goodness out. It makes slicing and serving a snap and clean up is virtually non existent.

If you forget the flour AND the parchment paper - well, just know that I had to leave that pan to soak for an awfully long time and it took a lot of elbow grease to clean it. I was super disappointed with myself, and made a vow to never forget either the flour OR the parchment paper.

Have you had a kitchen disaster? Were you able to save it, or was it a complete flop?


by on Oct. 3, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by Member on Oct. 5, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Oh, ouch.  My one foray into cooking with hot peppers was this spring.  I got them off the plants, and  brought them in, and was going to make Chilies Rellano.  And OMG, I was peeling and cleaning them under running water in the kitchen, but still coughing, gagging and puking from them, they were so strong.  No wonder they use them to make pepper spray for self-defense.  NEVER AGAIN.  And I do mean NEVER.

Quoting karone04:

My dad gave my brother some hot peppers to try. Somehow my brother got the idea to dry the peppers in the microwave. We had to open the windows and back door for a few hours in the middle of winter at night. That was not fun.

by Silver Member on Oct. 5, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Oh no! I made a cherry pie one came out terrible! Don't know what I did wrong, but it was all runny and I had to throw it away.
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by Bronze Member on Oct. 6, 2012 at 9:28 AM
Haha, that's hilarious! I have 2 big disasters that were in no way salvageable that I will never forget and live down. The first was a cookie disaster, I make these Meringue cookies with walnuts and chocolate chips, so basically it's egg whites and sugar, well I unknowingly used salt instead of sugar (I keep them in clear containers.....obviously they were not labeled, duhhh) and wow were they HORRIBLE!
The second was eggplant parm, I was very busy getting ready for Christmas eve dinner and as any Italian knows it's a huge deal with LOTS of food (thankfully) so I was trying to save time and bought frozen already breaded eggplant, all you need to do is fry them up, well in my rush I forgot to fry them and just layered and baked! Another HORRIBLE non salvageable dish! Thankfully like I said before I had made a ton of other food so it wasn't really a big deal not to have it, but definitely a stupid mistake.
Now when I don't have time to bread eggplant I just got to my local Italian store and but already fried eggplant and just add my sauce and some cheese so I have no danger in making that mistake again!
by Kayla on Oct. 6, 2012 at 11:58 AM

oh no!! not really but I remember one year in school in cooking class

we were making a bunt cake and we told our teacher the cake was not done yet but she said it was so she tried to remove the pan and the cake batter went everywhere! and she gave us the F! lol

by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Thankfully I have not

by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 11:05 PM
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I burn water!
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by Jess on Oct. 7, 2012 at 11:09 AM

I've had quite a few kitchen blunders in my day. Oh, the joys of learning to cook. The most recent one is when I was making my caramel apple cake. The cake overflowed the pan.

by on Oct. 8, 2012 at 12:07 AM

I have had many disasters in the kitchen, luckily, my mom is a fantastic cook and unless I burned it beyond recognition, I have always been able to get advice on how to atleast make it edible. However, the worst kitchen disaster I have heard of was done by my father-in-law.  He made redbeans and dumped in half a jar of what he thought was Mrs. Dash in the crock-pot. It cooked all day. And he had added pickling spice. It was so strong by the time they tried to eat that it made their eyes water.

by Member on Oct. 8, 2012 at 7:59 AM

I am going to have to think about that one. I am sure I have had a few.

by Silver Member on Oct. 8, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Ds just made a lemon meringue pie that turned out like soup! It was still good though.

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