Monday, August 11, 2008

Failures in Baking

I've said before that I don't consider myself a very good baker. Today, I have concrete evidence, yet again.

Stephanie enjoys baking quite a bit, especially cookies, so we bought the Martha Stewart Cookies cookbook. We both liked this book because A) it was from Martha Stewart and B) there are full-color pictures of every cookie in the book. This is a big pet-peeve of Steph's, that you don't always know what the end result is supposed to look like in most cookbooks.

We decided that if we were going to turn on the oven in the summertime, it needed to be for a summery cookie (even though I had already made brandy snaps, which were not exactly summery, 2 days before), so we decided on Lime Flowers (or Stars, in our case). Limes are one of our favorite ingredients, and the recipe seemed really easy to follow.

Now, maybe I did something wrong, but the dough was so goddamn sticky, it was ridiculous, and that was with floured hands and a floured work surface. I don't know just where we went wrong (we froze the dough an extra 15 minutes to make sure it was chilled!) but as soon as I started rolling the dough out, it became a sticky mess. Needless to say, that dough went into the trash as it was SO impossible to work with.

I've got another 1/2 recipe chilling in the freezer. Maybe I'll try again tomorrow.


Stephanie said...

The stickiness was definitely an issue. Maybe the extra freezing time will help.

BUT the taste was amazing. Light, sweet, and tart all at the same time. It would have tasted great if we could have actually gotten the dough rolled out and cut properly.

Oh well. Not all recipes can be winners. This just means that we have to try another one!