Disaster in the Kitchen!
I was cooking dinner for 10 people and I wanted to make my Very Lemony Pound Cake from my cookbook for dessert. Sounds simple enough, right?
I read the recipe and saw that it called for: “cake flour (not self-rising)”. I didn’t have any cake flour so I rushed to the store and they didn’t have any either, but they did have self-rising flour, and I remembered seeing something about self-rising in the recipe, so I bought it. Oops!
I came home and made two cakes and put them in the oven. About 30 minutes later, I smelled something burning. I looked into the oven and batter was spilling out over the cake pans onto the bottom of the oven. I couldn’t imagine what had happened! I let the cakes finish cooking and when they were done they looked strange but they tasted pretty good.
So, I had this ingenious idea to make a Trifle and I had the perfect glass bowl to do it in! I cut up the cake and used that as my bottom layer, followed by a layer of whipped cream, then fresh blueberries, then coconut ice cream. I made a blueberry sauce which I topped the Trifle with, then I repeated the whole thing with 4 more layers. I put the whole thing in the freezer and took it out about a half hour before serving.
It looked gorgeous and my guests went crazy for it! This is my new favorite dessert–except next time I’ll make it without destroying the oven!
My guests each had at least two servings and I was so proud of myself that I turned a disaster into a triumph. That’s what cooking is all about!
Have you had any cooking disasters turned masterpieces in your own kitchen? Please share them with me!
*The original blog was called Flavors in Love. All material has been transferred and some has been edited for easier reading, and archiving.