If you’ve read some of my other posts, you know I love baking. I find it therapeutic, and I like it when people think I’m cool because I made something delicious, so most of the time it’s a win-win.
The first rule of baking, is you HAVE to follow the recipe. It’s science, people… If you don’t follow the recipe, you end up with something different. Now that’s not always a bad thing, but it is always a thing. You have to measure all the ingredients, and you have to do things in the order you have to do them, or it throws off the mixture and it can effect the chemistry of it all.
I know this.
Really, I do.
Now, my friend Meredith recently invited me and a couple other girl friends over for Brinner. That’s breakfast for dinner, for those of you who don’t watch Scrubs, or weren’t there when I thought I made that word up myself. If you’ve ever had brunch or breakfast with me, you might have heard me go on and on about how much I love breakfast foods, so naturally I was pumped. I excitedly volunteered to make muffins of some kind as my contribution for Brinner. I searched through my recipes and landed on one from my Pioneer Woman cookbook. I’m a big fan of P-Dub and have had lots of success with her recipes in the past.
I dutifully read the entire recipe, went and purchased oranges as they were the only ingredient I was missing, and began my work.
Step one, preheat the oven. Easy peasy.
Step two, cream butter and sugar. No problem.
This continues until I get to the end and I’ve scooped the batter into the muffin tin. Suddenly I realized I never put in the brown sugar, I only creamed the butter and the white sugar.
“It’s ok, it’s ok,” I say to myself. I’ll spatula the batter back into the bowl, add the brown sugar, and then re-scoop. Brown sugar was added and mixed, muffin tin was washed and re-sprayed. Batter tasted delicious.
I’m golden. Surely the fact that the brown sugar was added at the end won’t make THAT big of a difference, right?
I threw my muffin tin away.
Follow your recipes, people. And don’t add the brown sugar in at the end.
I had to bring store-bought muffins to Brinner. They were still good, but I was much less impressive. 😦