Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Adventures in Experimental Cooking from Scratch

A Recipe for a Yummy (if slightly disastrous) Dinner from The Conscious Shopper

SERVES: a family
COST: Priceless experience

1 batch of Chocolate Crinkle cookies
1 Pumpkin Gingersnap pie for inspiration
1 disagreement about the potential tastiness of a caramel apple pie with chocolate crinkle crust
1 lazy Sunday afternoon
2 good helpers (and 1 to watch football with Daddy)
lots of butter and sugar
  • Crush Chocolate Crinkle cookies. Add walnuts and melted butter according to the Pumpkin Gingersnap pie recipe.
  • Bake at 325 for 10 minutes. Realize that you probably shouldn't have added the butter.
  • Core and peel lots of apples. Mix with lots of butter and sugar. Assign helpers to stir.
  • Discover that you have too many apples for a pie plate.
  • Spoon pie crust into a cake pan. Pour apple mixture on top.
  • Bake at 450 for 15 minutes according to a recipe for caramel apple pie. Realize that you probably should have left that part out.
  • Bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Make that 15 minutes.
  • Discover that 15 minutes was still too long.
  • Eat slightly burnt caramel apple pie with chocolate crinkle crust and ice cream.


:: Hubby says, "Okay, but not wow..."
:: I say, "With some more work, I think I could make this really good...How many pies does it take to make the perfect caramel apple pie with chocolate crinkle crust?"
:: Boys say, "Yeah! Pie for dinner!"

What adventures have you had in experimental cooking from scratch?


greeen sheeep said...

Cute story. I love to just invent things with whatever we have on hand. Sometimes it turns out great and others, well, not so much, but we never go hungry. I have a bowl full of Choco-Cranberry Nut Muffins with Apple sitting on the counter right now. I don't like them. Hubby has decided they're not too bad... when covered with frosting.

Erin aka Conscious Shopper said...

@Greeen Sheeep - Ha! So many failed attempts at baking can be saved with a little frosting...

Donna said...

Don't ever, ever try to hide leftover salmon in a pan of enchiladas. :)

Erin aka Conscious Shopper said...

@Donna - I'll remember that!

Alison said...

@Donna next time puree the salmon with some green chillies and lime and no one will know!

I have adventures in cooking from scratch on a daily basis :) as I only cook from scratch and I loathe to follow recipes. 85% of the time it is pretty good. 5% of the time the husband requests that I don't ever make it again, 1% of the time it goes in the compost and the other 9% is divine inspiration!

Tonight I had exploding blueberries (made a blueberry sauce in the microwave, because I was feeling lazy) and sticking crepes, but our dinner still turned out delicious and the plates were licked clean!

Jenn said...

Oh, I love this! Though where chocolate, apples, and a good dollop of vanilla ice cream are concerned, it's hard to go too wrong, right?

I get impaled on the whole "working piecemeal from six different recipes that don't have anything to do with each other" thing all the time...but it's always a learning experience, I guess. Like Anne of Green Gables said: she made mistake after mistake, but never the same one twice, so she figured eventually she would run out of mistakes yet to be made and then everything would be great. :-)

Erin aka Conscious Shopper said...

@Alison - I have the opposite problem...I rely too heavily on recipes. Last night, I made chickpea patties, and although my brain registered that they were too dry, I didn't think to add more water - because I had already added as much water as the recipe called for!...And of course we ended up with crumbly patties. I never learn!

@Jenn - Chocolate, apples, and ice cream - a no brainer right? But my husband kept insisting that apples would not taste good with chocolate because "they need more of a cinnamony flavor." And that sparked the whole disastrous (but fun) episode...


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