Thursday, November 12, 2009

Recipe Bomb

I love to try out new recipes and the majority of them are pretty successful. The most successful ones I post over on my kitchen site. I never write about the duds. But recently I made the dudiest of the duds and so I'm posting a warning to prevent any of you from replicating the disaster. Last year I learned that you can mix a can of pumpkin with a cake mix and it makes a pretty good low fat/higher fiber cake. So I says to myself says I...why not brownies?

They mixed together alright. They looked ok when I spread them in the pan. It even smelled right baking. However when I went to get them out of the oven, the top was dull not glossy, they had barely risen at all, and you know how they pull away from the sides of the pan when they're done? These looked like they were horribly afraid of the sides and had run as far as they could from them. There was a half inch gap all the way around. I cooked them 10 minutes less than the brownie mix said so they weren't over done. They weren't burnt. So I let them cook and lulled myself into the belief that looks can be deceiving and decided to I'd try them later.

Oh. My. God. They didn't taste like pumpkin (which they weren't supposed to so that was good) but they certainly didn't even taste like chocolate either. By far the worst part was that they had the consistancy of a Good Year retread! You've never seen such a wicked mess of crap in your life. Ben wasn't even interested, and he's been known to eat poo on occassion. I dumped the whole mess in the trash and thanked my lucky starts that I hadn't lost the pan along with the experiment.

So here's the lesson. You can mix pumpkin with a cake mix with great results. You can mix diet pop with a cake mix with great results. And although you CAN mix pumpkin with a brownie mix, for the love of G-d people, it is not in anyone's best interest to do so. Once again, I perform these experiments so you don't have to!

4 comments:

Beth said...

Ouch! Thanks for throwing yourself on that particular culinary grenade and saving the rest of us.

Lynn said...

That sounds like the kind of question our customers ask. "Can I add this to your kit?" Well, we can't stop you, but you probably won't like the results...

Lisa/knitnzu said...

you can mix diet soda w/ cake mix??? I just saw a tomato chocolate cake in Rose Beranbaum's Heavenly Cakes, where you put a can of tomato soup in the mix. And I have a recipe someplace that uses spinach in brownies...

Did you try taking it to work?? We're a bunch of vultures at work and will eat just about ANYthing sort of edible.

Cindy G said...

Hmmm, can't say it ever would have occured to me to add pumpkin to brownie mix. Applesauce maybe. I mean, that might occur to me, not that I would really do it, because my baking skills are minmal. Brownie mix works. Why mess with a sure thing?