4/21/08

Recipe Ruined On Account Of ECM Inattentiveness

See that title up there. That's all you need to know. I ruined this beautiful lemon-blueberry yogurt loaf recipe by not paying attention. Here I was on a roll with this baking thing. I thought to myself, I made two loaves of bread. I CAN DO THIS, I CAN BAKE. Umm, yeah right. The Baking Goddess put a beat down on my cocky self and said, 'No, you can't and here's the proof.'

Ouch. The Baking Goddess is a fickle and mean bitch. She just snatches away whatever confidence you have and slaps you around a little, to put you in your place. Then she screws around with your oven to make sure you know who's boss. Kind of like Nicky (Joe Pesci) in the movie Casino.

No matter how big a guy might be, Nicky would take him on. You beat Nicky with fists, he comes back with a bat. You beat him with a knife, he comes back with a gun. And you beat him with a gun, you better kill him, because he'll keep comin' back and back until one of you is dead.

Yup,that the Baking Goddess. She's Joe Pesci in female form. God help us all.

Lemon-Blueberry Yogurt Loaf: (Smitten Kitchen who adapted it from Ina Garten)

1 1/2 cups of plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour (if you’re skipping the fruit, you can also skip the last tablespoon of flour)

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt

1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar

3 extra-large eggs

2 teaspoons grated lemon zest (approximately 2 lemons)

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 1/2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen, thawed and rinsed

1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8 1/2 by 4 1/4 by 2 1/2-inch loaf pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper. Grease and flour the pan.

Sift together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the yogurt, 1 cup sugar, the eggs, lemon zest, vanilla and oil. Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix the blueberries with the remaining tablespoon of flour, and fold them very gently into the batter. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 50 (+) minutes, or until a cake tester placed in the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Meanwhile, cook the 1/3 cup lemon juice and remaining 1 tablespoon sugar in a small pan until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is clear. Set aside.

When the cake is done, allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before flipping out onto a cooling rack. Carefully place on a baking rack over a sheet pan. While the cake is still warm, pour the lemon-sugar mixture over the cake and allow it to soak in (a pastry brush works great for this, as does using a toothpick to make tiny holes that draw the syrup in better). Cool.

I didn't even get to make the syrup, because I suck. This is what happened... I had to pick up one of the little sous chefs from a party. I didn't want to leave the oven on while I was gone so I turned it off figuring the bread was 30 minutes into it's cooking time. My reasoning was if I turned the oven off the remaining heat in the oven would cook it while I was gone. Nope. It looked done and the toothpick came out clean but when I flip out the bread well, you know the rest.
Here's the good news, the edges of the bread were cooked. See me holding it to the light...hear the choir of angles singing from above. I snatched victory from the hands of defeat.

What do you mean I didn't? Do I look like I'm funny to you? Am I funny like a clown? Am I here to amuse you?
oops, wrong Joe Pesci movie.



18 comments:

Asthmagirl said...

You turned the oven off????

You turned the oven off????

Are you saying you actually turned the oven off?

Pardon me while I recover from that statement.... because it's bringing back all the pre-behemoth anger associated with an oven that shuts itself off when you put the cookies in. A half hour later you have dough with a thin film of crumb on top.

I'm so sorry, because that loaf sounds devine. You'll try again, won't you?

Neen said...

Don't be too hard on yourself, I think part of this may be due to the recipe. My Mom tried to make that SmittenKitchen recipe, to bring as a hostess gift when she was taking Do to meet my 89 yr old Great Uncle (eep! Talk about too much Family!). Both the blueberry yogurt cake and the Family Meeting turned out fine, but Mom needed to cook the cake for 60 minutes instead of the proscribed 40 minutes. She was really freaking out on our drive over, convinced that it would be hard as rock. But it looks like your cake could have used another 20 minutes as well. Next time..

Krysta said...

*asthma girl...yes I turned off the oven. I was leaving the house and I wasn't sure if I was going to be back in 20 minutes or not. I have a big fear about my house catching on fire. I don't know where it came from but I don't leave anything on. I'm going to make it again because that little piece was so good.

*neen... you are very correct it does need a little bit more cooking time. I was worried that the loaf was getting too brown on top so I didn't turn the oven back on.

THIS WAS ALL MY FAULT!!!

noble pig said...

I have done the exact same thing with strawberry bread...just let me turn off the oven..yeah..that doesn't work.

Asthmagirl said...

I know what you mean about not wanting to leave stuff on when you leave the house... I caught that bug from my husband.

I must still need counseling for the behemoth thing!

I can't wait to see your next effort on this... I bet it turns out great!

sheeats said...

Eeeeeee! No way! We have the exact same tiny, turquoise bowl! You know, the one next to the eggs? That's my favorite bowl, since it holds my koshering salt within arms reach while cooking. :)

Anyway...the Baking Goddess beat me down pretty quickly a few weeks ago, too. She must be on a roll lately. But you're rolling with the punches, which is the important part. You shall overcome! ;)

jack's utter lack of surprise said...

i gotta say ... on no planet, in no alternate universe will i lay out my ingredients all nicely like that. if i took the time to do that i'd never cook. heehee.

melissa said...

hey, I lay out all my stuff like that! it's like a cooking show by my stove!

O_o

man, I can't bake for shiiiit. you're my hero for continuing to go for it.

also, goodfellas? top movies of all time. casino? most cringeworthy ending scene. ever. even if I did hate his ass by the end. *shudder*

the grocery fiend said...

Still looks good to me!

Personally, I love un(der)done baked goods, but then I'm an incorrigible batter-eater. :n)

Snooty Primadona said...

Yup, still looks good to me too, but I'll eat almost anything.

I once left eggs boiling in water, as I rushed out for my son's t-ball game. I totally forgot about the eggs.

When we came home & walked thru the front door, we smelled something akin to rotten eggs. Then I remembered. Upon entering the kitchen, I realized that they had exploded and were even on the ceiling. That was a fun clean-up.

Mayberry Magpie said...

I'm so glad to know that the baking Goddess visits other homes in addition to mine. It hasn't been that long since I left the flour out of Banana Bread. "I left the flour out" is about like "I turned the oven off."

Mayberry Magpie

Grace said...

at least some of it was edible. i know from experience that once bread cools and you see that it's not completely done, it doesn't help matters to stick it back in the oven. ya end up ruining the whole stinkin' thing. live and learn, i suppose. :)

Laura said...

just waving "hi" to my neighbor!
thanks for stopping by and saying hello. it's nice to know folks in our neck of the woods are out there in the blogosphere doing their thing.
i've bookmarked your blog and will be back.

Undomestic Diva said...

Love the pics. And I'm an evil and fickle bitch but it in no way relates to cooking. Well. Unless you ask my husband perhaps.

jack's utter lack of surprise said...

don't get me wrong. i'm not saying that it's a bad thing to lay out your ingredients like that. i'm saying i have serious patience problems.

Sandy said...

Oh, this made me chuckle.
We made the GIANT CUPCAKE a couple weeks ago, and I accused my kids of turning the oven off.

My element went out! It was ... rather soggy in the middle, but we devoured it!

Love your blog!

cook eat FRET said...

i'll bet the cooked parts were really good...

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