It wasn't the best week in my kitchen. 2 recipes that I had such confidence in both completely tanked.
I've had icebox cakes on my mind for a while.
I made a basic one years and years ago - chocolate wafers layered with whipped cream, and oh, how delicious.
While doing a purge of the remaining recipes from my cooking notebooks, I found an article from and old Food Network magazine on fancier ice box cakes. Most of them didn't interest me or used cookies or biscuits that I couldn't find here but one sounded super easy and good - ritz crackers with a grape jelly cream. Mmmmm!
I made it for my Mom's birthday and it was a total embarrassment.
First - and I do blame the recipe a smidgen for the directions on plating - it looked hideous. Like a blindfolded kid made it. But worst was second and third - the cream was gritty, not soft and pillowy like the magazine photos, and third - it just didn't taste good. I was very embarrassed about serving it to my family, especially for a birthday dessert. Everyone said it was ok, but not much got eaten.
Then I decided to make some flourless peanut butter cookies from a well known food blog.
I read through some of the comments, which were people saying how good they looked or asking for substitution information, but no one who had made them. But whatevs, well known food blog. I'm sure it will be fine.
Nope. I wasted the last of the peanut butter on this mess.
Flat, greasy, oily, YUCK. At least no one but myself was witness to this disaster.