Oh my. What happened in my kitchen last night can only be described as disastrous. I’m glad I have a good sense of humor about this sort of thing and am not afraid of trial and error, because this was definitely a big fat FAIL.
I am on a quest to find the perfect black bean brownie. Healthy and protein-filled, but still fudge-y and satisfying. I have tried two recipes that were good but not quite what I’m looking for: a little too healthy and not enough decadent. (Yes you can have both – think of Chocolate Covered Katie’s deep-dish cookie pie.) I found this Joy the Baker recipe that looked good, but isn’t vegan and didn’t really have a lot of black beans.
So I had the bright idea to kind of make my own version, combining what looked good from the recipes I’d tried. Keep in mind that while I do cook and bake quite a bit, I’m by no means an expert in the kitchen. I’m comfortable improvising while cooking, but baking? Not so much.
I knew I was in trouble when I looked into the oven about halfway through cooking time and it was still almost raw. I cooked it for about 45 minutes and it was still pretty liquid-y (like the time last year when I visited my bestie and her new baby in Florida and made her my sour cream chocolate chip coffee cake – and only put in half the flour. We ate the cooked crust while the new cake baked.).
I won’t bother sharing my recipe with you because it sucked, but I will share this photo of the finished product:
Mmmmm, brownie soup. Actually, warm with vegan vanilla ice cream it might have been good, sort of a warm chocolate pudding. And I must confess that I may or may not have eaten a small bowl. Tastes like chocolate… And failure.
So, my search continues. I found a new recipe that sounds promising, so I’ll test that out (no more of my experiments), and if it’s good I’ll share. In the meantime, at least my house smells delicious.
Do you like to experiment in the kitchen? Have you had any big hits… or total failures?