While at the grocery store today, Princess Sparkley informed me that I must have ice cream fever since I was buying more ice cream and we already had so much in our freezer from our last grocery store trip. What PS doesn't realize is that while she's in bed at night, Jed and I scarf down bowls of ice cream while we watch Arrested Development.
PS told me tonight that I must have baking or treats fever as well because tonight I baked cinnamon rolls (just the Pillsbury in a tube kind) for the kids for dessert. Then I baked a cake. Then I made cookies. Also on the agenda was creme brulee (it's coming soon) and homemade rolls that rise in the refrigerator over night.
Craziness, I know. But here's the deal... I made this Cafe Rio knock off pork salad earlier in the week and needed to use up my extra buttermilk from the salad dressing recipe (which, by the way, is SO YUMMY). So I made Aebleskivers the other night for dinner, using up some, but not all, of the buttermilk. The only other buttermilk recipe I knew I had without putting too much thought into it was my mom's hot fudge square recipe. But that makes a sheet cake worth of dessert. Since I've recently organized my recipes, I remembered one or two that called for buttermilk. And I had enough buttermilk for this Vanilla Ring Cake* AND half of this recipe (which you can only view if you subscribe to Taste of Home, sorry). I figured my family could slowly make their way through this cake over the next few days (we don't go through cakes quite as quickly as we go through cookies, brownies, or ice cream). And the cookies I was going to give away when I go visiting teaching tomorrow.
The cookies turned out to be a disaster. Yummy, but a disaster. In halving the recipe, I messed up the consistency of it all. It seemed fine until about 5 minutes into baking I smelled something burning. Looking in the oven revealed the cookies melting off of my baking stone onto the bottom of the oven. So, to the rest of the dough in the bowl, I added more flour. The rest of the cookies turned out okay, but not really lovely looking. And lovely looking cookies are what I'd like to give away to strangers. Not crazy blobs of yumminess.
So the cooking fiasco convinced me that I should save the creme brulee, which I'm a bit nervous about making, for another night that is mishap free. And I ran out of shortening, so the rolls will have to wait as well.
What are your crazy kitchen mishaps?
*The cake smells yummy. I haven't iced it yet. I tried a piece that broke off in my bundt pan and it just tasted like cake. Nothing special. But then, I'm not a huge fan of cakes in general, so maybe it'll turn out suberb once it's iced or someone else is eating it.