Wednesday, April 20, 2011

WFMW - Recycling Mistakes

I have a friend who is a master at making English toffee. One of the very sad things about moving away from them is that we were no longer the recipient of their wonderful Christmas gift. (Actually, one year she did mail us some. Isn't she a great friend!) So, last fall when I saw a no-fail recipe for English toffee, I had to give it a try. You can try it too - Almond Roca from Tasty Kitchen.

This first batch was a success! So I tried a couple more batches. Not so successful :( Practice makes perfect, so I tried a few more times. Some worked and some didn't. However, I couldn't just throw away the reject toffee; it was still good food - yummy butter and sugar and nuts and chocolate! I stuck it in the freezer until I could figure out what to do with it.A few weeks ago, I decided to add the toffee crumbs to our normal chocolate chip cookie recipe, in place of the chocolate chips. They actually turned out fine. The cookies were super sweet, but still edible. However, that day I overcooked one of the batches. Once again, I couldn't just throw the crispy, yet not black, cookies down the drain.So, I turned them into crumbs and made a pie crust out of them. This Peanut Butter Pie was delicious, and no one knew one of the ingredients was over-baked cookies. Trying to find different uses for kitchen catastrophes, so as to avoid wasting food, works for me! I'm linking this to Works for Me Wednesday at We Are THAT Family!

3 comments:

Belkycita said...

I already thought you were amazing. This is mind blowing.
I am sure you and Grandma Jensen would have had a lot of fun together.
Thank you for all the great tips on home making :-)

Mom2fur said...

You sure are clever! I recently tossed some toffee I'd made. I didn't use the right size pan so it didn't come out in nice breakable pieces. It tasted okay but it was sitting on the kitchen counter so long I was sick of looking at it. Next time I make a mistake like that, I'll think: Pie crust or cookies!

Melanie said...

Amazing! Really...you are amazing. Love this. I feel like there's some sort of FHE lesson on how Heavenly Father can take us in one unperfected state to something even better...he doesn't just through us away....