Monday, May 21, 2012

Things don't always go as planned

I think I'm pretty good in the kitchen.  I can read a recipe and execute it, make changes to it to make it my own, and come up with new ones.  However, there are the occasional fails.  This is one of those times.  For the most part, my fails are salvageable.  This one...not so much.  I tried to eat them a few times and just couldn't choke them down (not even with help of a little wine!).  Into the trash they went. We eat a lot of protein and I'm always looking for new ways to use protein powder for something other than a shake.  I'll choose chewing rather than sipping any day. 
The recipe came from Clean Eating Magazine for Protein Cookies.  Looked simple enough.  All I had to do was beat 1/3 cu of egg whites until frothy and mix in 1/2 cu of protein powder (I think these were the measurements), drop on a silpat and bake at 200 degrees for 2 hrs.  Easy schmeeasy, right?  Wrong. 

Here they are ready to go in the oven. 

At this point, I'm dreamy of fluffy, chewy protein packed cookies that resemble French macarons just like in the recipe's picture.  Well, French macarons look like this:
 (picture courtesy of Culinary Chronicles)

When I opened the oven to check on my delectable morsels, I found these.  WHAT happened?!?  They look like rotting Pringles and kind of tasted like it too.  I think the fact that I used the convection on my oven had something to do with it.  They were crunchy right at first and then immediatley turned into glue and adhered to every inch of my teeth.  I'm not giving up, I will figure these out!!  


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