Sunday, August 2, 2009

Baking FAIL!

I was going for fruit cookies, I ended up with lumps of sweet, crumbly bread. My original plan was to make this recipe for Fresh Fig Cookies:

1c granulated sugar (i use raw sugar instead of white)
1/4c shortening 1/4c butter, softened

1 egg
2c flour
1.5c chopped fresh figs (or dried, soaked and drained)
cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, to taste
nuts coarsely chopped, optional (I didn't have any, but will add them
next time. walnuts or pecan would be good)

mix sugar, butter, and shortening until smooth, add egg, flour, spice, then figs and nuts. spoon onto pan, bake at 350 for 15-20 mins. makes 24 large cookies.


I have made this recipe before, and it was truly fabulous. This time I was going to sub a half cup of whole wheat flour for white flour. Well tonight my figs were too ripe, and they turned to mush when I mixed them in to my batter. That made the batter too wet and sticky. So I added flour, and added flour, and added flour. Finally got it back to a good consistency. Then I decided since all the figs were mush, I would chop up some fresh cherries and just make fruit cookies. Well the cherries did fine, but all that extra whole wheat flour made the cookies really really bread like. and I should have added an extra egg, because they are falling apart. I made some simple frosting for them, but I managed to accidentally double my recipe for the frosting, and now I have all this left over cherry butter cream frosting. Here are some pictures of my baking disaster:


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