A recent episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, encouraged children that don’t get their way to turn their dissappointment around and try to find something good. Good lesson for grown ups too.
I tried to make a Chocolate, Banana and Toffee Pie (sans bananas) from The Chocolate and Coffee Bible Cookbook as part of my New Year’s Resolution to try a new recipe from one of my cookbooks every week. My husband loves chocolate pudding/mousse pie. The recipe looked easy and I had all of the ingredients, more or less.
- Graham cracker crust of graham cracker crumbs and melted butter – easy.
- Can of sweetened condensed milk, simmer in boiling water for 2 hours to caramelize – always wanted to try that, cool. and easy.
- 5 ounces of chocolate, 1/2 cup of creme fraiche and a tablespoon of light corn syrup, melted in a double boiler then add the caramelized milk and beat until evenly mixed – no problem.
- Then put the mixture in the crust and spread evenly – FAIL.
It was soup! Maybe I had too much creme fraiche. Or my substitute of completely drained yogurt cheese was the problem (but I know it was thicker than creme fraiche!). Maybe the milk needed to be thicker, much thicker. Maybe the extra ounce of milk (recipe said 12 oz, I had 13, but didn’t add the whole thing) was an issue.
I added more chocolate. Still soupy. A package of plain gelatin (bloomed in 2 tablespoons water) and three beaten egg whites (stiff peak!). Thicker, but still not firm like in the picture. Grrr! I hate it when that happens.
Ok, turn it around and find the good.
The caramelized milk was easy and pretty! It kind of looks like the color of my bedroom walls.
Good number two, it wasn’t for a party or anything special, just for the three of us. And even if it was for company, I could just scoop it into bowls and serve it like this:
Good number three, it was incredible tasting. Rich and creamy, with a nice little cookie crunch from the crust.
It didn’t turn out the way I expected, but I made it edible. And it satisfied the chocolate craving. So not too bad. Should have gone with one of the other 299 recipes in the book. Next time maybe.
Until next time, happy eating.