Saturday, 19 January 2008

Blondies - 1. Indy - 0

I don't have a good track record with brownies, that's important to know. If they cook round the edges they don't cook in the middle, and I end up leaving them in the oven an hour longer than they say. Or else I leave them in the fridge, hoping they'll set, and end up with a pan full of goo. I've stuck them in the freezer overnight before now, and still ended up with a pan full of goo. I've tried recipe after recipe, I've changed recipe after recipe, I've blamed every cooking utensil I own, I've shut my own head in the oven in despair... but no kebab. Or even brownie.

The last time this happened, I was reduced to eating the semi-cooked brownie chocolate mixture straight out of the pan to make myself feel better.

Yes, I did eat an entire tray of brownie goo.
Yes, I was then copiously sick in the toilet and had to lie in a dark room for the rest of the afternoon.
Don't follow my example.

The point is, when I came across this recipe on Feed Me! I'm Hungry, the thought struck me that blondies could succeed where brownies failed.

Look at the blondie on that post. Then look at my blondie.
It turns out I have no more talent with white chocolate than I do with regular chocolate X__X.

I'm recommending the recipe anyway, because the ones on Feed Me! I'm Hungry look SO GOOD, and my 'blondies' did at least taste fantastic. The problem was, as always, the outside overcooking, and the inside NOT COOKING AT ALL. EVER. PERIOD. I might try it again though, perhaps splitting the mixture between two smaller pans in the hope it'll cook more evenly, or maybe covering it with foil at about the forty minute mark to prevent the outsides burning.

Anyone got any ideas why my brownies/ blondies ALWAYS ALWAYS fail? I've hit a wall. It's a gorgeous, chocolatey, fruity, nutty, gooey wall, but all the same. I've been outwitted by a tray of chocolate gunk.

This does nothing for my self-esteem. I'm consoling myself with the fact that if this all becomes too much, at least I can eat my challenger. Bite me.


Cakespy said...

Serious yum! I don't care how they look. Ok, I do, but these I would eat. yum.

Anna said...

Hey, thanks Cakespy. Yeah, they tasted gorgeous -- I think I'll just have to keep on trying!

Anonymous said...

As an eater of these "Blondies" I say they were GORGEOUS! And the gooeyness is a good thing *nods*
Love you!

Anna said...

Asfhbhjb hello you! Thankyou for commenting! *flails* and I'm so glad you liked them! Er, yes, they weren't how they were supposed to be. ^__^ I'm just going to keep failing, and you're just going to have to keep eating my mistakes....

love you! xxx

ilingc said...

Hi Indigo,
I'm glad you liked the blondies. Don't give up on the baking just yet.

Were you using a fan forced oven? That could be one of the reason why your top browned whilst the middle was still gooey and undercooked.

Another thing you could try is to put the oven rack on the middle to lower racks in the oven. If you do that you may have to cook the cake/brownies a bit longer, but at least you won't end up burning them :)

Anna said...

ilingc - thanks so much; I use an Aga at home, and I suspected it might be the problem... but I was very aware that a bad workman blames his tools, haha. I think I'll have to try making the same recipes on a regular oven to see if it makes a difference.

I'll try baking on a lower rack in the meantime. Thanks for the help!

ilingc said...

Sometimes it's not the bad workman, sometimes it's the oven :)

The oven at the place I was staying at a few years ago didn't have an option to turn off the fan forced function and the temperature was always higher than what I set it to.

In the end I bought an oven thermometer to make sure I got the temperature right. I still burnt my cookies and under cooked tarts though. :| But you get used to the way it works hehe.

I'm moving again soon, so hopefully the new oven works properly!