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!