Sunday, March 22, 2015

The panicked chef

My church coffee hour baking travails continue.

It is always something, you know? I always have things planned out, or I think I do. And then madness sets in. Today I had in mind making Oatmeal Chocolate-Chip Cookies from, you guessed it, Cooking Light. And I get up in the morning, even though I was working last night, and I am mixing up the dough, la la la la la. At least the butter was soft. Remember that other time when the butter was put back in the fridge?

Anyway, everything went well, until the dough would not hold together.

I had spooned out a tray of these cookies and the remainder of the dough was all dry and oat-y. What to do? What to do? Stress. Stress!

Laboriously I scooped out another tray of cookies.

I should have done this yesterday, I was thinking. But... when? I had to go out to a concert. The BPO was playing Beethoven's Ninth. And before that I funneled a few hours into the book. I do not often write about actually doing the book but that does not mean I am not working on it. I am working on it. And I promise myself that I will put a few hours into it and that means that cookies do not get baked. Hence the Sunday morning panic.

Finally what happened was, I decided to take the rest of the dough and pat it into a pan, as if I were making bar cookies. They would take longer to bake but that meant I could run upstairs and get dressed. And it did work out that way! Next time if I make these cookies again I will maybe do that to begin with, make them into bar cookies.

I blame Cooking Light. They must have been skimping on the butter or something and that was why the dough did not hold together. You know how they are always skimping on stuff. Fie on them, fie. Once again I am running out the door with a tray full of cookies that just came out of the oven one second ago. Once again I am skidding in barely in time for the Asperges.

When I am through with this Pennario thing, my next project should be a cookbook.

Somebody has to tell these people how to do things right!

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