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    Not a good baking day

    16Paws
    Tue Nov 12, 2013 5:21 am
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    Yesterday, I started baking for an office charity bake sale. Decided to make chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting (an office favorite of mine and pumpkin whoopee pies with cream cheese frosting filling (first time making those). Mixed up the cupcakes first and started preheating the oven. Since I had never made these as cupcakes before, I sort of guessed how much to fill the cups (yep, you can see it coming can't you). When I opened the oven to put the batch in I saw my sourdough started sitting in there. Oh No! I had just killed Bob (my name for it). I am a murderer. Okay, put the cupcakes in, bury Bob and wait. Since I had filled the cups too full I had serious muffin tops (pun intended). So now I rush down to the store to get more cupcake liners. Start over again. This time success...YAY The whoopee pies also came out nice thanks to my Wilton whoopee pie pan. Got both frostings done up and everything assembled and stored, wrapped etc. My kitchen looked like a bakery had blown up! My poor kitchenaid had chocolate and powdered sugar all over. Next two hours were spent deep cleaning everything. The funny part is, I don't even like sweets, strictly a savory gal. I am soooooo not a pastry cook. But, I love bread! Okay ordered my new sourdough starter and ready to begin again.
    duonyte
    Tue Nov 12, 2013 6:31 am
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    Oh, no, poor Bob!!! My worst time was when I was baking bread for a bake sale at work, had a large tray filled with loaves, went to turn on the oven and - nothing. The dang thing broke. Fortunately, one of the neighbors was home, and I was able to use her oven to bake that tray and one other one. I had to leave one of the loaves with them, of course!
    Red Apple Guy
    Tue Nov 12, 2013 6:40 am
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    Join the club. I've murdered more than one in my time.
    16Paws
    Tue Nov 12, 2013 7:25 am
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    Duonyte, one loaf is a small price to pay to save the rest. Whew huh? Red, loved your comment. DH and I ride a Harley together and when I first started a veteran rider told me, "it's not if you will go down on a bike, it is when." Not encouraging, but that is under my belt now and I have hardware in my right ankle to prove. Okay, so killing my sourdough starter is under my belt as well...on to success!
    PaulO in MA
    Wed Nov 13, 2013 7:04 am
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    The thermostat is set pretty low in our house. I let dough rise in the oven. I turn the oven on to less than warm for a little bit, and let the coil get a little warm. I've started cleaning up a few times and had an '"I didn't turn the oven off!" moment.

    Haven't killed the yeast yet. Just have to take the dough out of the oven until the oven cools down a little.
    Bonnie G #2
    Thu Nov 14, 2013 9:45 am
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    Had to laugh at all this as can't tell you the times I've done the same thing. That's why I always keep extra dried sourdough flakes in the freezer icon_wink.gif

    As for baking issues, the biggest one I've made lately was the first time I was attempting a King Cake for a party and was really rushing, didn't have my glasses on and grabbed what I thought was my container for powdered sugar (nope, it was corn starch) proceeded with the recipe, thought the stuff seemed kind of thick - duh icon_rolleyes.gif and actually SERVED this disaster before we tasted it and I realized what a dumb mistake I'd made. Now my reading glasses are all over the kitchen where I can just grab them as needed icon_lol.gif
    Red Apple Guy
    Thu Nov 14, 2013 1:42 pm
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    HAAAAA!
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    16Paws
    Thu Nov 14, 2013 4:35 pm
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    Oh my Bonnie icon_lol.gif
    Bonnie G #2
    Sat Nov 16, 2013 9:46 am
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    Yes, my friends icon_redface.gif - not one of my finer baking moments
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