|hideous brownie fail|
I had a complete brownie fail yesterday. For all the baking I do, brownies are never in the line-up. I love the brownie mix at Trader Joe's so much I've never felt the need to make brownies from scratch. This goes against almost all my baking/cooking principles! That mix is just so darn good. Plus I'd rather eat a cookie over a brownie any day of the week.
|before the fail, snapping clever photos of the process|
Anyway, a client of mine wanted brownies so I pulled a recipe off Smitten Kitchen (she has loads of awesome brownie recipes). I happily mixed and snapped a few photos and popped them in the oven and then realized during baking that something was seriously wrong! I had brownie soup even after 35 minutes in the oven. Damn high altitude and all it's baking challenges! So even the most confidant bakers have failures. The failed brownies came out and I raced around trying to figure out what I needed to do to adjust for the altitude. I definitely baked them at too low of a temperature, another egg would help as well as some more flour and less sugar. Panic!
Then I remembered my mother sent me Pie in the Sky cookbook for baking at high altitudes and until now, I had never used it. I prided myself in not needing a recipe that's already been altitude adjusted. I sucked up my pride. I had no intentions of failing again at a simple brownie recipe so you better believe I turned right to the brownie recipe in that special cookbook and made it exactly as the recipe described! They came out beautifully.