As you know, Carolyn and I are addicted to entering the Pillsbury Bake-Off. Every spring break from school is an opportunity to corral our kids (plus the offspring of anyone cruel enough to drop their progeny off at Carolyn’s place during this time of year) into one room and ply them with experiment after experiment…er, rather, delicacy after delicacy. On this year’s menu:
Vermont Maple Cupcakes With Georgia Peanut Buttercream (going with a state theme). This recipe required several attempts and never really came together. The kids began eating enthusiastically then quite suddenly looked as if they’d been stricken with a deadly disease. We gave ’em a little bicarbonate of soda and got right back in the saddle with…
Meatball Hoagie Bake. This was not bad, though it was overly complicated and kinda unattractive. Took three or four swipes at this one over a two-day period with eight children and four adults taste testing. Final decision: Nah.
Next up: Carolyn’s soon-to-be world-famous Sweet ‘N Smoky Baked Breakfast Pancake. OMG. Incredible. We all thought so. She made it several times–for breakfast, for dinner, for a snack. We tried other baked pancake variations, too, plus more sandwiches, a couple of appetizers and an entrée. All together we made seven trips to the supermarket, spent…well, I can’t say on the chance one of our husbands is reading, and sickened eight otherwise hardy children. I overheard this comment from one of Carolyn’s daughter’s friends:
“Can we stop eating now? I’ve been farting all morning.”
“Me, too,” whispered Carolyn’s daughter. “I think they’re getting tired. They’ll stop soon.”
That’s what you thought, missy.
We kept at it until there wasn’t a creative thought left in our brains. We kept at it until the smell of exhaustion overwhelmed the smells of butter, sugar, toffee and cinnamon. And soon, very soon, we’ll be in Carolyn’s kitchen again, prepping for the next bake-off. Why? Because there’s a million bucks, new appliances, a trip to Orlando and the promise of fifteen minutes of Pillsbury fame riding on this one.
And because we came up empty when we Googled “Bake-Offs Anonymous.”