I've made so many bloopers in the kitchen. SO MANY. There are probably 3-5 bloopers for every pretty picture that I post. It's part of the process, but it does make for a lot of cleaning. It also can potentially be a lot of food waste, but I've learned common rescues that can save some baking fails. I wish I could tell you that I've saved them all but cookies charred to a smoky crisp are going to taste like cookies charred to a smoky crisp no matter how pretty I make them look.
That said, take a look at these baking rescues I've regularly used before tossing the tray in the trash.
Cake Stuck to the Pan
Oh I know this frustration. You've carefully greased your cake pans and confidently placed your batter in the oven. The cake looks beautiful as you pull it out. You wait for it to cool and it falls apart with part of it stuck to the pan when you try to take it out. It smells and tastes great but argh. Here's 3 common things I've done to rescue a botched cake.
Crumbling Cookies or Energy Bites
I have completely burned cookies before...as in, beyond repair burned cookies. I can't help anyone there. Most of my cookie fails; however, have been situations where the flavor is good or almost where I want it, but the texture is a problem and they crumble. I've also made this mistake with energy bites. My go-to rescue for this situation is to use the work in progress as a "granola" on Greek yogurt.
Bread Didn't Rise
Bread baking can truly be a science. A loaf of bread can rise beautifully one day and not so much the next. I feel puzzled by it but it's interesting to analyze. I've rescued my less than ideal loaves of bread two ways.
There you have it! A few tips to save some of the baking bloopers that happen on occasion. I would love to hear more ideas if you have them! Send me any questions and have a great week.
New England wife, mom & home baker. Faith, food, fitness, baking, cooking and constantly cleaning my kitchen.