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Apr. 6, 2010 5:14 pm 
Updated: Apr. 6, 2010 8:37 pm

My job requires me to cook for the individuals I provide services for. This past Sunday, the bright idea popped into my head that I'd make my mom's Cowboy Coffee Cake for them. I gave my mom a call since I didn't have the recipe handy and to be honest, I had never made it before in my life! I wrote down the recipe and when she said 2 1/2 cups of shortening (or at least that's what I thought she said!) I went "hmm" but she knows what she's doing so I didn't question it.

After getting all the ingredients together, I started to make the crumble for the top. There wasn't enough shortening so I had to use a 1/2 cup of butter. So I'm working away making it "crumbly" when I realize...umm...something seriously is not right here! Definitely too much shortening/butter, but I had used the remaining brown sugar for it and there was no more shortening whatsoever. So, with being faced with shuck it or keep going, I chose to keep on.
 
Big mistake! It should have moved it to a happy home in the trash can. Once baked, it looked good except the entire crumble had melted into the cake and why? Because it was equal parts shortening/butter to the flour! Gross. After a taste test, it was like a handsome man with a nasty personality. Bland. I mean it wasn't totally disgusting. Edible yes, but tasty...not so much. I made a glaze and topped it to try to give it some sweetness. Sadly my attempt failed. When I served it, I topped it with some cinnamon applesauce to give it some more taste. I didn't try it, but the fellas seemed to enjoy it because each one devoured their portion.
 
Once I got home that night, I checked the recipe. There is a BIG difference between 2 1/2 cups and 2/3 of a cup! Good grief. I felt like an idiot. I called my mom the next day and told her my mishap. Need I say she found it humorous? Haha...right.
 
To redeem myself, I made one tonight at home and tada!! It turned out perfect. Definitely not my mother's, but still...much better than my first attempt. I even added chopped walnuts to the crumble and mmmm, mmmm. Delicious.
 
But that is what cooking/ baking is all about. Trial and error. Although I have figured out one thing. There are some dishes I just don't make well, so I leave those for my mom and my sister to do!
 
 
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Apr. 6, 2010 8:37 pm
I sure ly understand running short of enough of certain ingredients. Sometimes we can sub it, and it works, sometimes not. Like you said, that's cooking and baking, we love it, don't we? Love our taste-testers
 
 
 
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