This hasn’t been the best cooking day for me – that happens every once in a while – but thank goodness it is not often. I can see how easy it is to get frustrated and stop cooking when you follow a recipe, and it comes out horribly. My daughters are obsessed with this Pillsbury Halloween Cookbook that I bought years ago – it is one of those little recipe magazines that you find when you are checking out at the supermarket. Fortunately I don’t get suckered anymore, since I stopped going to markets that actually sell those…which makes this little recipe booklet even more valuable to the girls. Of course this weekend my older daughter pulled it out and found a recipe for Spider Pancakes, and begged me to make them. I looked at the recipe, and I was very skeptical, but I knew if I said no to that one, another would follow.
I decided that we would make them for lunch today – at least I wasn’t going to attempt these first thing in the morning. Now, it could have been the organic canned pumpkin that I got at Trader Joes – but I actually think it was the recipe, It was horrible. The pancakes were so thick and heavy, they were just raw inside – and making the spiders were next to impossible. I managed to make a couple that looked decent, but unfortunately they tasted horrible – so it didn’t matter. The recipe needed more sugar, less pumpkin, and more liquid to make them less like cupcake batter.
I looked at this big bowl of batter, and didn’t know what to do. I didn’t want to make anymore pancakes – so I decided to scoop them into muffin cups and see if they would turn out like muffins. It was looking promising until I actually tasted one. Wow, it just might be the worst baked good I have ever eaten. I didn’t even call the girls downstairs to ask what they thought. You can’t win them all.
Fortunately I had some fresh mangos and was able to redeem myself with these delicious Mango Lassi Smoothies from Cooking Light. We all drank them down in a heartbeat – they were that tasty. Now I have to go work on my Halloween recipes, since the spider pancakes were a bust, I owe the girls something else…
- 1 1/2 cups 1% low-fat milk
- 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Dash of ground cardamom
- 2 cups chopped peeled ripe mango, frozen (about 2 medium)