So last Saturday was the day. I was just going to make my basic recipe - everything was good until I realized we were out of milk. Plan B. Find a recipe that doesn't call for milk because I was in my pajamas and did not want to get dressed to go to the store for milk on Saturday morning.
My La Brea Bakery cookbook has such a recipe. Excellent. Except that it also called for some ingredients that I didn't have - like nuts. Lots of nuts. But here's the deal, I usually leave the nuts out anyway because Don and Elli don't like it with nuts. So I thought no big deal, I'll leave them out. It also called for light brown sugar and I only had dark brown. So I altered a few things. I probably should have thought a little more about what deleting the nuts might do. But I really didn't give it a thought. So you can imagine my surprise when I opened the oven door and saw the sad, pock marked loaf in the oven.
|Holy cow. It looks like petrified banana bread!|
What the heck? What happened to the banana bread? It looks like something from a nuclear disaster!
Perhaps all the recipe alterations were not a good idea? Maybe Nancy had nuts in the batter for a reason? Uh yeah, pretty sure she did. Cuz this poor sad loaf of banana bread is not what she had in mind. I guarantee that.
So then I sliced it open! Eeeeks! There's an egg inside! Not really.
|That is not an egg in the middle.|
I've said it before and I'll say it again. I am not a recipe creator. I'm a recipe follower. I should not be altering recipes. I am not good at it.
But don't despair! This is a good news bad news story. The bread looked horrible. But tasted awesome. So it wasn't a complete throw-it-in-the-trash disaster. But very, very close.