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Baking Fail!

I post a lot about the recipes that I cook, but cooking is not my favorite thing to do in the kitchen. Now, don’t get me wrong I enjoy cooking, it’s just not my favorite… Baking now that is my true kitchen love.

Now that I’m a stay-at-home mom again I find myself baking more. Baking is very relaxing to me. I love the chemistry of it. Cooking is creative, but baking taps into the scientific side of my brain. I really wish I could create my own baking recipes, but I don’t know enough about the chemistry of baking to try. I do enjoy tweaking the recipes that I bake.

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Right now, as I’m typing this post, I’m waiting for a batch of Cara Cara orange muffins to come out of the oven. I discovered Cara Cara oranges after reading about them in a comment on Maureen Gets Real. I’ve puchased them the last few weeks. This week the bag was on sale for $3.99 or I could buy them individually for 10/$1..,. umm I’ll get the bag! So had Cara Cara oranges to use.

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I found a recipe for Cara Cara orange muffins. I was intrigued and decided to try it out. I did make a few changes! I did 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar. I used 1/4 cup cara cara juice and 1/4 cup of cranberry juice. I found this mixture VERY soupy. I went with it and said… we will see what happens.

The muffins smelled yummy while they were baking. When the timer went off, they were obviously not done. I gave them 3 more minutes and they looked so much better at that time.

I was being lazy and didn’t use muffin wrappers… this may have been part of my downfall, but hey that’s what spray in a can is for… right?

When I tried to get the muffins out of the pan they totally fell apart. I knew that batter looked way too wet. So now I have a cooling rack covered in falling apart muffins. They taste… ok. I’m going to wait until the finish cooling and see if they taste better then.

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Oh well… a baking fail from time to time keeps you on your toes. Or something like that!

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