Baking Disasters

Discussion in 'Baking, Bread Making and Cakes' started by Mewmew, Apr 16, 2019.

  1. Mewmew

    Mewmew Active Member

    Location:
    UK
    Anyone in here made a few howlers while baking and witnessed the result that emerged from the oven?

    I did. Yesterday in fact. Enough cupcake mixture to make 24 little beauties.

    One problem: a dight too much lemon and lime curd.

    Result: caramelized sugar which turned the poor little cupcakes into slightly chewy cupcakes. The first set were completely napalmed, as it were, and the second set, though slightly darker and in no way burned, were totally sealed to the cases.

    Laugh if you want, and I eventually saw the funny side, so to speak, but I couldn't even toss the charred cupcakes out for the birds - I think they would have thrown them back at me with a cannon - and the second set had to be peeled out of their cases. At least they were edible. And tasted lovely.

    Lesson learned: do not put too much curd in anything.

    :oops::facepalm:
     
  2. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    My last baking disaster was mini plum muffins using fresh plums. I've no idea what happened but they didn't rise enough, the tops were burnt and there wasn't enough sugar in them. Horrible! I did take some photos for some reason. I gave them to the birds:

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  3. Shermie

    Shermie Über Member

    Location:
    Brighton, MA.
    I made a 7up cake & mistakingly used self-rising flour in it!! What a disaster!!!! :ohmy::headshake:
     
  4. I decided to make apple pie for a holiday meal 2 years ago. I had made apple pie before, and I didn't find it to be particularly difficult, so I decided to make it extra special. Since I had recently returned from New Orleans, I decided to make it a praline apple pie. People have made caramel apple pies before, so this seemed like a logical progression. For reference, here's what a praline looks like:

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    I had made praline candies, and they were excellent. But, for some reason, I decided that the candy consistency was too thick to work in a pie, figuring that the pie would be too dry. So, I made a praline sauce instead. This turned out to be a crucial mistake. Apples have a lot of moisture that gets released as the pie cooks. Normally, all that joins the apple are seasoning, which doesn't increase the moisture. But, that sauce certainly did. It definitely wasn't too dry.

    Instead, when the crust (which I handmade) was cut, a gush of liquid came pouring out. It looked more like apple pie soup than anything else. I actually tried dumping out the considerable amount of liquid, but it didn't help much. The taste wasn't bad, but the consistency was awful. Everyone else wisely stayed away, and I ended up throwing it out.
     
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  5. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    :ohmy: :giggle: Forgive my giggles
     
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  6. TodayInTheKitchen

    TodayInTheKitchen Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Detroit, MI
    Great thread. Always love to show off a few mistakes. :toast:

    Here is what happens when you fall asleep for a few minutes... :sleep:

     
  7. Shermie

    Shermie Über Member

    Location:
    Brighton, MA.

    Glad that you woke up in time, as there could've been a fire!! I NEVER go to sleep while I'm cooking, unless I'm slow cooking something overnight!! :ohmy::headshake:And now, with all these ultramodern appliances, you don't have to do that!! :wink:
     
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  8. TodayInTheKitchen

    TodayInTheKitchen Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Detroit, MI
    Part of growing old...POWER NAPS.
     
  9. Shermie

    Shermie Über Member

    Location:
    Brighton, MA.
    I take them quite often. :wink:
     
  10. Mountain Cat

    Mountain Cat Active Member

    Not a baking disaster, but a disaster none the less.

    It was a real hot and humid night, so I had the kitchen fan going. I decided to boil up three eggs to eat later or maybe the next day. I didn't have central air, so I went back into a room with a window A/C, closed the door, and suddenly got trapped into the Internet.

    You see where this is going, right?

    TWO loud bangs, like gunfire. Wha'th'???

    Carefully, I leave that room, and there's no sign of anyone forcibly entering so cautiously I proceed out.

    The water had run dry and two of the three eggs had exploded upwards and outwards, into that ceiling fan, which spun everything all over the kitchen. (Third egg had fortunately just cracked without exploding).

    I was finding egg for months, and being that the ceiling was flat paint, it wouldn't clean off from there. The range element also needed replacing, as did the pan.
     
  11. Mountain Cat

    Mountain Cat Active Member

    The other one is also not baking, and not even mine.

    In college one year I had 3 housemates. One of them always got out of classes around 1 pm, while the rest of us had to hang around to close to five. She'd come home and put in a whole chicken into the oven, turn it on to broil, and go take a nap.

    We'd come home to several kitchen fires, which fortunately we always managed to put out.

    Unfortunately at the end of the school year, I was the last person to leave, so I got stiffed with the oven replacement bill.
     
  12. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Blimey! Who would have thought a few eggs could cause so much grief?
     
  13. Mewmew

    Mewmew Active Member

    Location:
    UK
    Oh my gawd..! I'm just glad you woke up in time! :ohmy:
     
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  14. Mewmew

    Mewmew Active Member

    Location:
    UK

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