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Friday, June 18, 2010

The Kitchen Witch Stole My Baking Mojo!


Yep, that kitchen witch read my post from yesterday about my culinary skill, decided I was just a little too smug, and smacked me up side the head!  I was all bragging about how good I was in the kitchen, and now have chosen to retire; hung up my spatula and my rolling pin, and decided to enjoy retirement.  Sure, I'll whip up a meal now and then, but don't depend on it!


I guess I needed some humble pie, so that KW (Kitchen Witch, Grub Goddess, whatever!)  smacked me up side the head and stole my baking mojo!  That's the only explanation I can come up with for what happened after I wrote that post.

Hubby's brother-in-law, Travis,  decided to enroll in junior college a couple of years ago, at an age when most guys are sitting in front of the tv, guzzling a beer, and rooting for their favorite sports team.  He enrolled, attended classes, and actually received his two year degree a couple of weeks ago.   We were proud of him for having made the commitment and followed through and told him we would take him out to dinner to celebrate his accomplishment..


Travis was one of the extras who often found himself at our table on weekends when my boys were growing up, as he was just a couple of years older than they, and had no brothers of his own.  He still speaks of my culinary abilities, and wistfully expressed a desire for "baked goods"  as part of his graduation present.  He really wanted whoopie pies, but they are more work than I was willing to take on, given the summer heat. 

I did find a recipe on one of the blogs I follow for brownie cookie sandwiches with vanilla frosting centers , which I thought might be an acceptable subtitute for said whoopie pies.  I folllowed the recipe

directions... they were simple enough.  Of course, I was totally unsuspecting that I had been robbed by the Goddess of Gastronomy.  "Drop by spoonfuls on cookie sheet and bake 8 or 9 minutes."  I did as instructed, put the pan in the oven, and guess what?  Those suckers spread out to paper thin and ran together and baked up like a piece of chocolate tissue paper.  There was no peeling them off the cookie sheet.  They literally disintegrated into a bunch of crusty, chocolate, CRUMBS! 
Needless to say, Travis will not be receiving homemade baked goods as part of his graduation celebration.  Hubby and I will be using the crumbs as topping on ice cream, which, while tasty, is not the outcome I was expecting.
 "I read receipes the same way I read science fiction:  I get to the end and think.......well, that's not gonna' happen!"

There may be truth to the "If you don't use it, you lose it" maxim, after all!

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16 comments:

Brian Miller said...

oh no...i hate it when that happens...smiles. i do like whoopie pies though...

DJan said...

I have never eaten, or even heard of, whoopie pies. They sound like something you sit on... :-)

Steven Anthony said...

I recently made a cake for a cook out, one Ive made for yrs.....it turned out so flat, so hard we could use it for a frisby.....dont feel bad it happens to us all ;)

magimomsblog said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Lovely place you have here! The kitchen witch is great!!!

ethelmaepotter! said...

Been there, done that.

Honey, you have not lost your baking mojo. Soemthing screwy just HAPPENED, as it does from time to time. I was making some muffins one morning for a bunch of my son's college pals; same muffin recipe I developed and perfected; same one I'd used for years. And those muffins had to be PRIED out of my Bakers Secret pan. They didn't rise AT ALL and I took one bite and threw them away - tasted like burnt cardboard. I have no idea what happened, but the next time I made them, they were perfect.

Oh, and congratulations to Travis!

R. J. said...

Of all my kitchen disasters, one lingers most in my memory. I bought pretty baking pottery and made a cheese souffle. It looked wonderful, but it tasted like something I prefer not to name. We decided the operation was a success, but the patient died.

Unknown Mami said...

Oh well, maybe you invented the next big ice cream topping.

Meeko Fabulous said...

I freakin' hate when a recipe doesn't turn out the way it's supposed to!

Louise | Italy said...

Whoopie pies! Now being English I have no idea what they are, but they sound a whole heap of fun - a bit like a whoopie cushion but tastier...Greetings from Italy via BPOTW.

Bossy Betty said...

Oh yeah. I've been there. I have ice cream toppings that will last for years!

natalee said...

OH NO!!! that damn witch...LOL>>>>>

Midday Escapades said...

That darn KW! At least she's spending time at your place now instead of mine.

Anything Fits A Naked Man said...

Oooooh, whoopie pies! Sooo hard to make, soooo delicious to eat!! I'm sorry yours didn't turn out, but I LOVE the idea of using the "remains" for ice cream toppings! Geez, suddenly I'm REALLY hungry!!

Java said...

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Eva Gallant said...

Java: Thanks for adding me to the list.

Magimom: Thanks for paying me a visit!

Steven: Thanks for the encouraging words. I just never had a recipe go sooooo bad.

Marla said...

I have never made a whoopie pie although I have made whoopie.