*Find the original recipe by the wonderful Kerry Cooks here*
As I was coming up with an idea of what to blog about today at one in the morning, I figured I might like to do some baking. I consider myself to be a bit of a foodie, TBH. Well, I love to eat food, I love to try new food… my cooking abilities, however, are next to none.
I can make pasta dishes, noodle dishes, rice dishes – general studenty dishes – reasonably well, but baking…?
My baking skills can essentially be summed up with a quote from Peep Show, the one where Mark tells Jeremy not to experimentally ‘make a pie out of tea’, or something like that. Basically, I’m a crackpot experimentalist when it comes to the kitchen.
With that in mind, a new series of blog posts was born! Took me ages to think up a title, though. I wanted a sarcastic play on Fabulous Baker Boys – but I’m not fabulous, there’s only one of me, and I identify as a woman.
So, Bad Baker Attempts it is.
It’s eleven in the morning. I’m scrolling through Pinterest; looking at, ahem, ‘easy’ bakes, and I come across a recipe for hazelnut truffles…
So simple, apparently, that a child could do it.
…Sounds like a challenge to me.
I got my ingredients ready – not to the smoothest of starts, mind you. Had to make several substitutions. Namely, we didn’t have any double cream in, so I used crème fraiche instead.
Always start as you mean to go on.
The putting-together process actually went without a hitch. Naturally, we didn’t have any chocolate bars in – so I used up a good three rows of advent chocolate and some Cadbury’s hot chocolate mix. Fake smiles!!
Then, I left it to cool. For an hour longer than recommended. Tried to mould the mixture into spheres. Didn’t happen! So, I put them back in the fridge for another forty-five minutes.
Took them out again. Tried to mould them again. They were still way too sticky, but I was still able to mould them into something that represented (??) a spherical shape. Chucked some more hot chocolate dust on top for garnish…
So, to clarify; this is what they were supposed to look like:
…And this was my attempt:
Yeah. I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m less skilled than a child.