Wednesday, June 11, 2008

How NOT to make a loaf of bread...

Chapter 1:

See my look of utter frustration? No, that is not a smile... that is a seriously tired, seriously frustrated Ginger Lemon Girl.


Notice I was baking @ 11:41pm. That was my first mistake. The second? I took a perfectly good bread recipe and tried to make it a little more healthy and changed the shape of the loaf. Bad decision at 11:41pm. Oh well... hopefully this weekend the seagulls will enjoy it as we head to the beach! Either that, or we'll make breadcrumbs or croƻtons, at Thomas' wise suggestion.

If you were expecting a recipe on how to NOT make a loaf of bread... well you probably already have one. I'm thinking that I'm not the only one who's had a once beautiful, but sunken gluten free loaf upon cooling. It happens to all of us gluten free bakers. Especially when I am in a hurry -or- decide to get a little too creative in changing a recipe. I just thought you'd feel better knowing that it happens in my kitchen too.

Bet you can't guess who will be lugging instant grits instead of toast to the beach this weekend for breakfast!


Chapter 2:

Here is another loaf that went horribly wrong several weeks ago. Have no idea where I went wrong on that one. So I punched it... very mature, I know. But at least I felt better...


Chapter 3:

At least Steve's super awesome cinnamon rolls turned out well. So lesson # 2... when you've baked a loaf of bread that didn't exactly turn out stellar... bake cinnamon rolls. You'll feel MUCH better. And everyone will love you, especially your husband! And they are perfect to make ahead for breakfast at the beach.


Chapter 4:

So if the cinnamon rolls aren't enough to make you feel better... make these brownies. This particular batch was a gift from Cheryl of Gluten Free Goodness. It's a gluten free, dairy free, egg free, and nut free packaged brownie mix from The Cravings Place. Normally I am quite a snob when it comes to boxed mixes, especially gluten free ones... but these particular brownies absolutely ROCK the house. Oh how the family beach bums are gonna LUVVVVV me this weekend!!

This was the entire set of gifts that I received from Cheryl for entering a recipe contest on her blog! And I thought I just won a brownie mix! You have no idea how surprised I was to find all these goodies! Thanks SO much Cheryl!! I'm already feeling better about that poor loaf of bread!


Chapter 5:

Lesson # 3 : Don't ask your cat for sympathy when your loaf of gluten free bread falls -- feelin' the love, just feelin' the love...

Instead, go running to your better half who will once again give you a hug and tell you it will all turn out better next time!

Guess I'll go and have another brownie...

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  1. Oh my goodness, that was good! Thanks for the chuckle, Carrie! I've had a loaf that looked very similar to your top pic made beautiful bread crumbs! And the tiny loaf that I forgot to add the margarine too...well, it'll make wonderful croutons! LOL Happens to all of us, huh?
    Enjoy those brownies...they look AMAZING!

  2. Funny, I also was experiencing a baking failure at 11:41 last night! I tried the sandwich wraps from Kate at Gluten Free Gobsmacked . . . without xanthan gum. I added more gelatin, as usual, but my batter never looked like hers. I poured mine into the pan instead of spreading it. And my finished product didn't look much like hers either.

    I may just eat it anyway. I have now made homemade mayonnaise and I'm DYING to spread it on something! And I still have a few pickles left. Sounds like a cold chicken rollup to me!

    Have fun at the beach! I'm so envious! I visited Carolina Beach near Wilmington last summer. It was perfect. I ate the "catch of the day" every day.

  3. we've all done it. My better half keeps me from eating the Really Big Mistakes. You know, the ones that are inedible but you can't stand to waste all those good ingredients? (There's actually one of those hidden in my freezer, I'll think of something to do with it yet, I swear I will!)

  4. I love that you punched your bread. Sometimes, it really does help. :)

  5. Never trust a cat around midnight. They always have ulterior motives.

    And remember, you're always a better baker than I am...Ging

  6. LOL!!!! Thanks for sharing the pain. Fortunately you do so much right that the odd mistep is just...well, funny!

  7. We've all been there, and I almost always eat my failures, no clue why. Glad you enjoyed the yummies, and your cat is a cutie!

  8. I am so glad the cinnamon rolls turned out well. Super easy, and super yummy. Hmmm...might have to make some this weekend now that I think about it! :-)

    Hope you're having a wonderful week.

  9. Everyone -- Thanks so much for your VERY kind comments!!! I think the best thing about failures is learning to laugh at them, which i'm still learning!! Thanks so much for your sweet words and sharing a few giggles with me!! :-)

  10. Definitely happens to all of us. . . .

  11. Bummer about the bread. Croutons sound like a good idea, or maybe, when life hands you sunken gluten-free bread, you can make BREAD PUDDING!


  12. I'm always amazed by all the baking you do! Even if it doesn't turn out. I'm going to check out the cinnamon roll recipe. I haven't had one since I went GF.