baking fail

08.08.09
It’s official blogging world. I cannot bake to save my life. While enjoying a relaxing Saturday afternoon at home, pondering what to make for a snack I remembered that I had been dying to try Tina’s Peanut Buttery Bars. ¬†They sounded so simple and easy (not to mention that they looked delicious) and I thought that I SHOULD be able to bake something with 5 ingredients. The fewer the ingredients, the less chances for screw up, right? Well not in my world. :(

I will admit, I changed a few (ok, 3) of the ingredients but according to my Food Science classes, they really shouldn’t have made too much of a difference. I’m thinking that my issue was with the “sweetener” that I used. I didn’t have any agave, so I used 2 Tbsp of some organic sugar crystal things and didn’t make up for the moisture factor that the agave brought. They turned out dry and crumbly, more like granola than the Peanut Buttery goodness that Tina made.
So I had this instead…

33 Comments (Reply )

  1. Michelle @ Find Your Balance
    Aug 09, 2009 @ 10:09 am

    Haha yeah,I tend to do a lot of experimenting while baking and I screw up the fine balance of ingredients. But every so often, a gem emerges! Keep trying! :-)

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  2. Michelle @ Find Your Balance
    Aug 09, 2009 @ 10:09 am

    Haha yeah,I tend to do a lot of experimenting while baking and I screw up the fine balance of ingredients. But every so often, a gem emerges! Keep trying! :-)

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  3. Michelle @ Find Your Balance
    Aug 09, 2009 @ 10:09 am

    Haha yeah,I tend to do a lot of experimenting while baking and I screw up the fine balance of ingredients. But every so often, a gem emerges! Keep trying! :-)

    Reply

  4. Vegan Restaurant Los Angeles
    Aug 09, 2009 @ 11:11 am

    Agave definately reacts very differently than other sugars in vegan recipes.

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  5. Vegan Restaurant Los Angeles
    Aug 09, 2009 @ 11:11 am

    Agave definately reacts very differently than other sugars in vegan recipes.

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  6. Vegan Restaurant Los Angeles
    Aug 09, 2009 @ 11:11 am

    Agave definately reacts very differently than other sugars in vegan recipes.

    Reply

  7. THE ACTORS DIET
    Aug 09, 2009 @ 2:32 pm

    i feel you! i stick to the mixes!!!

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  8. THE ACTORS DIET
    Aug 09, 2009 @ 2:32 pm

    i feel you! i stick to the mixes!!!

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  9. THE ACTORS DIET
    Aug 09, 2009 @ 2:32 pm

    i feel you! i stick to the mixes!!!

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  10. Mrs. Myers @ Eat Move Write
    Aug 09, 2009 @ 7:29 pm

    I can't bake either. To me, it's like painting or photography. It's an art. I'm NO artist. lol

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  11. Mrs. Myers @ Eat Move Write
    Aug 09, 2009 @ 7:29 pm

    I can't bake either. To me, it's like painting or photography. It's an art. I'm NO artist. lol

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  12. Mrs. Myers @ Eat Move Write
    Aug 09, 2009 @ 7:29 pm

    I can't bake either. To me, it's like painting or photography. It's an art. I'm NO artist. lol

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  13. She-Fit
    Aug 09, 2009 @ 8:26 pm

    Oh sad! I hate when that happens. I find that I just always leave ingredients out or don't count correctly when I cook. My husband makes me try everything before I serve it… haha
    I'm still learning :)

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  14. She-Fit
    Aug 09, 2009 @ 8:26 pm

    Oh sad! I hate when that happens. I find that I just always leave ingredients out or don't count correctly when I cook. My husband makes me try everything before I serve it… haha
    I'm still learning :)

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  15. She-Fit
    Aug 09, 2009 @ 8:26 pm

    Oh sad! I hate when that happens. I find that I just always leave ingredients out or don't count correctly when I cook. My husband makes me try everything before I serve it… haha
    I'm still learning :)

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  16. Andrea@WellnessNotes
    Aug 09, 2009 @ 9:31 pm

    Hi There,
    I just found your blog and like your food philosophy. I am a horrible baker, mostly because I just "can't" follow a recipe… I love to cook and adjusting things is usually not a problem when cooking, but when baking it always gets me in trouble… The other day I made some whole wheat pizza dough and actually followed the recipe exactly. To my surprise, it turned out great.. ;)

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  17. Andrea@WellnessNotes
    Aug 09, 2009 @ 9:31 pm

    Hi There,
    I just found your blog and like your food philosophy. I am a horrible baker, mostly because I just "can't" follow a recipe… I love to cook and adjusting things is usually not a problem when cooking, but when baking it always gets me in trouble… The other day I made some whole wheat pizza dough and actually followed the recipe exactly. To my surprise, it turned out great.. ;)

    Reply

  18. Andrea@WellnessNotes
    Aug 09, 2009 @ 9:31 pm

    Hi There,
    I just found your blog and like your food philosophy. I am a horrible baker, mostly because I just "can't" follow a recipe… I love to cook and adjusting things is usually not a problem when cooking, but when baking it always gets me in trouble… The other day I made some whole wheat pizza dough and actually followed the recipe exactly. To my surprise, it turned out great.. ;)

    Reply

  19. burpandslurp
    Aug 09, 2009 @ 9:34 pm

    Haha, well, they will also be good on top of yogurt, don't you think?

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  20. burpandslurp
    Aug 09, 2009 @ 9:34 pm

    Haha, well, they will also be good on top of yogurt, don't you think?

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  21. burpandslurp
    Aug 09, 2009 @ 9:34 pm

    Haha, well, they will also be good on top of yogurt, don't you think?

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  22. Emily
    Aug 09, 2009 @ 10:17 pm

    Haha, well I'm glad that I'm not the only one!!! And I will try it on yogurt!

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  23. Emily
    Aug 09, 2009 @ 10:17 pm

    Haha, well I'm glad that I'm not the only one!!! And I will try it on yogurt!

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  24. Emily
    Aug 09, 2009 @ 10:17 pm

    Haha, well I'm glad that I'm not the only one!!! And I will try it on yogurt!

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  25. Taylor
    Aug 10, 2009 @ 6:27 am

    haha, well wine is always better! Least you tried to bake, least you know what you messed up.

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  26. Taylor
    Aug 10, 2009 @ 6:27 am

    haha, well wine is always better! Least you tried to bake, least you know what you messed up.

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  27. Taylor
    Aug 10, 2009 @ 6:27 am

    haha, well wine is always better! Least you tried to bake, least you know what you messed up.

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  28. MaryBeth Hughes
    Aug 10, 2009 @ 8:38 pm

    hey, you can make one mean apple streudel!!

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  29. MaryBeth Hughes
    Aug 10, 2009 @ 8:38 pm

    hey, you can make one mean apple streudel!!

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  30. MaryBeth Hughes
    Aug 10, 2009 @ 8:38 pm

    hey, you can make one mean apple streudel!!

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  31. Emily
    Aug 10, 2009 @ 10:32 pm

    MaryBeth, I burnt that too!!!! It wasn't supposed to be rock hard! And that was out of a box! It's like I can't follow directions???

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  32. Emily
    Aug 10, 2009 @ 10:32 pm

    MaryBeth, I burnt that too!!!! It wasn't supposed to be rock hard! And that was out of a box! It's like I can't follow directions???

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  33. Emily
    Aug 10, 2009 @ 10:32 pm

    MaryBeth, I burnt that too!!!! It wasn't supposed to be rock hard! And that was out of a box! It's like I can't follow directions???

    Reply

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