Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Epic Fails

Update! I made a thin chocolate ganache and poured it over the dry brownies. They ended up tasting really good; since the ganache was thin it soaked into the brownies slightly and made them moist once again.

Moral of the story - If you ever find yourself surrounded by dry brownies, coat them with ganache. :)  

Just so y'all don't think that I'm unfairly making claims about some of my recipe's deliciousness, I thought I would post a few fails today. Epic Fails, that is.

I get really annoyed whenever something I cook turns out less than ideal. Seriously. My husband stays out of the kitchen when that happens because he doesn't want my food-related anger to accidentally get misdirected to him. Smart man.

First Epic Fail
Last night I attempted to make risotto using brown rice to healthify the recipe a bit. It turned out to be an epic fail because of a few different reasons:

#1 - brown rice isn't as starchy as white rice so it didn't get creamy. And non-creamy risotto is just rice cooked in chicken broth instead of water.

#2 - I totally ran out of chicken broth. I had about 26 oz on my hands and assumed that would be enough for 1 c. of uncooked rice. But no. I had to resort to adding water and, because of problem #1, cover it and pretend I was making regular brown rice.

Next time I'm using aborio rice and leaving it at that. Eating white grains once in a while surely won't kill me.

Second Epic Fail
This actually happened a little while back and I just forgot about it until last night. I saw a recipe for Carrot Soup in one of my magazines. It was cold and snowy and I like carrots so I gave it a shot. It was yummy...for the first two bites. After bite four, you got really sick of the texture and felt like you were eating gruel b/c each bite tasted exactly like the one before it.

We ended up ordering pizza.

Third Epic Fail
This one just happened. Like while I was writing the first part of this post. Perhaps I jinxed myself. Darn it.

In Seattle, I picked up a cookbook, The Greyston Bakery Cookbook. It caught my eye because it is from the bakery that supplies Ben & Jerry (you know, THE Ben & Jerry) with all the little brownie and cookie bits for their ice creams. Hello! It was like a dream come true. Until I baked them; they turned out dry. And there's nothing worse than dry brownies.


I had such high hopes for all three of these recipes but they just didn't work out. Opperator fail.


Oh well, live and learn, right?


  1. My epic fail: I made a lemon cake with lemon frosting for my husband's birthday (he loves lemon)! It turned out dry, and too lemony. Perhaps a white frosting would have been better?!

  2. My worst epic fail:

    Matt LOVES angel food cake and I tried to make him one for his birthday. It grew and grew and grew and grew out of the pan and all over the oven. Not only did his cake suck, the house smelled. It was so traumatic I haven't tried one since.

  3. Oh my goodness, I didn't know you had another blog. And this one makes me hungry, lol. Okay Sarah you forgot to mention the epic fail that we shared way back in the day....the pizza gone PECAN PIE!!!! duh duh duh duh.... : )

  4. Hi Sarah!
    I'm the author of the book and I'd love to know how you made the brownies to help you try figuring out why they were such a failure. I've gotten so many reports of them being absolutely delicious so I suspect perhaps something went wrong that maybe we could have prevented.
    Sara Kate

  5. Sara Kate,

    Since other people have had the recipe turn out, I think it might have something to do with my climate. I live in a very dry, high altitude area. Perhaps if I had shortened the cook time it might have worked better.

    That being said, I'm excited to try some of the other recipes! They all look so good I'm having a hard time deciding what to make - what's your favorite one?

  6. I think it's also worth noting that as of 7:30 last night, there were no brownies left. That one wasn't a failure, it just required a little improv.


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