Category Archives: Food Fail

Recipe Rescue: Sugar-Crusted Citrus Loaf


Today’s recipe was borne from a lapse in thinking.

I had been craving lemon bars for the better part of a week when this loaf was made. I bought some Meyer lemons from Whole Foods and came home intent on making a tray to bring in to school. I juiced six lemons and a blood orange that I had lying around. The butter was perfectly softened, and I was ready to make some dessert.

Until I read the recipe wrong.

Somewhere between juicing those lemons and creaming that butter, I got it into my head that the recipe called for 1¾ cups of sugar in the crust.

It does not. That goes in the filling.

But of course that didn’t occur to me until I had successfully combined all of the butter with all of the sugar. So then I had to brainstorm ways to save those ingredients that I basically ruined. The end result was a sweet, dense pound cake, studded with lemon zest with the underlying tang of Meyer lemons and blood orange. The best part might actually be that the extra sugar crusted on top, making for a great crunch. Paired with a citrus-y glaze, this is one screw-up that didn’t turn out half bad!

I’m going to go ahead and call this recipe a success. Sure, I cannot read may be losing my mind, but at least I avoided a major baking flop!

Happy eating!

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Food Fail: Panna Cotta Edition

...the makings of a disaster...

I am having the epitome of an “off day.” Today, I attempted to make panna cotta, a dessert that I have made countless times before. The result? A nice, liquid-y mass. The thing is, however, that I have no idea what I did wrong! I heated my cream, dissolved my sugar, softened my gelatin – I am literally clueless as to what went wrong. The mixture just won’t set! It looked so promising too. So, no exciting post today. I am trying, in vain, to keep it in the refrigerator overnight in the hopes that it will set, but don’t get your hopes up, people! This may be the biggest dessert failure to date.

In any case, for those of you who want a great panna cotta recipe, this is the one that I normally use (and that normally works!). I wish you the best of luck. I am blaming this casualty on the bronchitis.

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