My cooking skills have improved dramatically over the years but I’m by no means an Iron Chef. I can create simple dishes that taste good most of the time but I still have some failures from time to time.
Since changing my eating habits over the last eight months or so, I often find myself cooking with ingredients I’m not as familiar with. Sometimes I feel like I’m having to re-learn how to cook.
This week I had two failures. One was waffles/pancakes. The batter was too thin for waffles and ran out of the waffle maker and all over the counter. I tried to make pancakes with the batter that was left and ended up burning most of them. *sigh* It happens and it wasn’t that big of a deal because the ingredients were inexpensive.
However, the second failure was a pan of brownies I made with almond flour. I baked them too long and they turned out dense and dry. Y’all, almond flour isn’t cheap! I really didn’t want to waste that entire pan of brownies.
And so I didn’t.
I put the pan of brownies in the fridge intending to use them in a trifle but I never got the chance.
My husband and kids crumbled up the brownies and mixed them with their vanilla yogurt. I mixed some in my peanut butter whip one day and enjoyed them crumbled up with a little cream or almond milk poured on top other days.
My initial reaction to over-baking the brownies was to toss them but I’m so glad I didn’t. My desire to not be wasteful allowed us to enjoy a special treat this week.
Like the pancakes, not all mistakes can be salvaged. However, before throwing something out, consider whether or not it can be repurposed.
Have you ever salvaged a cooking mishap?