After cleaning out the junk room, I came across an old issue of Martha Stewart Kids from 2006. There is an adorable brownie/blondie dessert featured in it — a large platter of blondies (non-chocolate brownies) on top of a large platter of regular brownies with a Scotty dog cut-out of each, transposed to make a great presentation… behold!
I figured I could do the same with a French bulldog cut-out.
My first misstep was baking the brownies too long — they were pretty charred. however, since I would be cutting out the middle in a dog shape, I figured it wouldn’t be too bad.
Next step — baking the blondies. I am a convenience-cook so whipping up a batch on blondies was out of the question. I figured corn bread would be a sufficient substitue (kind of the same consistency, right?) but my husband blanched at that idea. So I decided to use yellow cake mix – a treat no one in our house can refuse.
But me, the ever-multi-tasking mom, decided to roast some eggplant the same time I was baking the yellow cake — the result? The cake was severely undercooked. (as in runny middle – belch).
In the words of Project Runway’s Tim Gunn, I was determined to “make it work” — so as I attempted to cut out a half-baked cake into the shape of a French Bulldog, I started thinking — hmmm… maybe I should have googled a blondie recipe after all.
So, the result is far from perfect — we have pieces of an undone salmonella yellow cake shoved into the brownie dog cut-out. I didn’t even bother making a cute collar and instead used raisins (what could be more vile?) So, BEHOLD — Dog Brownie Fail!
The side-by-side comparison doesn’t help matters at all. Maybe I will nail it next time.
Besides Liz’s culinary fails, you can check out her parenting fails vis-a-vis the crying photos of her kids on http://www.babyblooze.com.