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Go Bold with Butter...not sure its for me! 
 
Apr. 17, 2012 8:55 pm 
Updated: Apr. 19, 2012 7:42 pm
Okay so let me be honest...I have never baked, cooked or done anything with Butter! At times I will have it on a piece of bread but that is the extent of it! I grew up on margarine...I know, I know...that is sinful! So my challenge this month for the Allrecipes Ambassadors was to Go Bold with Butter! Oh man...really! is what crossed my mind. But then I thought how bad can it be...easy breezy lemon squeezy, right? NOT!!! So today I decided to make my first recipe...Dark Chocolate - Sour Cherry Brownies! They came together fairly easily. I used dried cherries- not sour! I couldn't find any chocolate that said bittersweet so I used unsweetened - isn't that the same? I allowed them to cool, cut them and took my picture. Now comes the worst part...I took a bite...not sure it was the butter or what...but they were horrible. They were so dry and of course I had taken a huge bite. I found myself pushing past my son almost knocking him down to get to the fridge for a tall glass of milk all the while thinking it would be better once I had a drink. No such luck! My son who also had decided to try them tried to steal my milk, no way was I letting that happen! Get your own I told him as I guzzled my cupful! I did eat the whole brownie thinking that it would get better...oh well trash can here they come!

Tonight I decided to give another Butter recipe ago! It is Smoked Spicy Buttered Popcorn! Who can go wrong with that, right? I love microwave movie theater butter popcorn so I got this! I popped my popcorn in a brown bag in the microwave. Mixed all the spices ~ exchanging the smoked paprika for regular only because that is what I have on hand! Melted my butter, stirred in the spices, poured it over the popcorn and mixed it well. Well I can tell you that it did not tatse like the typical microwave popcorns! But at least it is edible. I think perhaps I should have skipped the spices and just done straight popcorn and butter! Maybe another time!

I think maybe butter and I were just not meant to be but I am willing to give it one more shot...so tomorrow I will be making Cinnamon Toast Scones! I sure hope this ingredient can redeem itself in my eyes. I will keep ya'll posted!

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Comments
Apr. 17, 2012 9:10 pm
Unsweetened and bittersweet chocolate are not interchangeable as you found out. Butter was not the problem. I hope you have better luck with the scones. Freeze the butter and then grate it to get a nice tender crumb.
 
Apr. 18, 2012 1:41 am
Definitely shouldn't have been the butter...but still I too grew up with margarine we used very little butter,but when I met the hubby I soon found out that his mom was all butter...I had a hard time getting used to the extreme richness and heaviness and unfortunately got used to it and their 2 percent milk...hanful of years down the road now and only in our mid to late 20s we all have cholesterol problems...maybe our margarine families had the right idea after all...but try to tell the dear MIL that maybe butter isn't the best choice lol...yeah right!...good luck with the rest of your butter experience...hopefully it will be "butter" than the last!
 
Apr. 18, 2012 4:31 am
Ok Marie C. ...my SMIL told me they were interchangeable! So would that have hepled the sweetness? Cause OMG they were awful! Thanks for the tip...I will definitely freeze the butter!
 
Apr. 18, 2012 4:33 am
I hope not ADK cause I bought 2 pkgs. and am trying to figure out how to use it now cause its not cheap...lol! I am hoping it will be a "butter" experience otherwise I may be chucking the butter out the window!
 
Apr. 18, 2012 6:05 am
Bittersweet chocolate has sugar in it like a 60% or 70% cocoa chocolate candy bar. Unsweetened is just that and very bitter. Sounds like SMIL doesn't bake much either. So sorry you tasted that it must have been awful. You can always use semi-sweet chocolate instead of bittersweet but the end result will be a bit on the sweet side. Good luck!
 
Apr. 18, 2012 6:58 am
FYI, Ghirardelli has a 4oz bar of Bittersweet Chocolate that is sold in the baking area along with their semi-sweet and unsweetened bars.
 
Apr. 18, 2012 9:58 am
Thanks Marie for the info. My SMIL used to bake all the time but has been pretty sick so maybe she was just confused! I typically love baking but have never worked with bittersweet chocolate. I looked at several stores for the stuff before calling her... I just hate wasting ingredients! I will have to try them again for sure!
 
Apr. 18, 2012 10:07 am
Use 1/2 oz. of unsweetened chocolate and 1 Tbsp sugar for every 1 oz. of bittersweet chocolate called for in the recipe.
 
Apr. 19, 2012 7:42 pm
Where were you the other day GreenGirl? lol
 
 
 
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Carrie C.

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Mc Keesport, Pennsylvania, USA
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Leroy Township, Ohio, USA

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Jul. 2005

Cooking Level
Intermediate

Cooking Interests
Baking, Frying, Slow Cooking, Italian, Kids, Quick & Easy

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Walking, Reading Books, Charity Work

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About Me
I have been married since 1995 and have 3 children. I started really cooking after I got married. I love hearing how great my cooking is. My kids are my best complimenters. I love talking to people about cooking and food! I have turned many non-cookers into cooks. My closest friend, for the longest time thought that baking a plain chicken breast was gourmet at its finest. I subscribed her to Taste of Home and introduced her to Allrecipes and now she cooks up a storm and its actually edible!
My favorite things to cook
I really enjoy cooking most anything. During tomato season my favorite thing would be spaghetti sauce. During the Fall, I really enjoy soup and at the holidays it would be the pies and cookies.
My favorite family cooking traditions
At the holidays I have always helped my mom do the baking. It wasn't until the last few years that I realized how much I truly enjoy this. I am trying to engage my children more in the kitchen. I am not always the most tolerant when it comes to this but I am making a great effort to include them. I am hoping that some day they will remember the time they spent with me in the kitchen.
My cooking triumphs
I made pies for Christmas one year at my In-laws house, it was great. Everyone raved and compared me to my husbands grandma, who passed away a couple of years ago. She was a truly fantastic cook and to be compared to her was wonderful.
My cooking tragedies
I remember trying to make a Pineapple Chicken dish when I was 16 for me and my brother. It was awful. The taste just wasn't right and the rice was undercooked. Needless to say the trash got more to eat than we did.
 
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