140730 – Ellie Mae Clampett strikes again
Thursday, July 31, 2014
(tried sending this yesterday, but it kept going blank)
During my life, I’ve been known by a few nicknames: SniperChick (Army), Squishy Lady (my daughter), and GamerMom (by her friends) to name a few but one in particular has stuck with since I tried to learn to cook at age 12 – Ellie Mae Clampett. For those that don’t know her, she’s a character from the Beverly Hillbillies (TV show from the 70s), who was a pretty tomboy that couldn’t cook worth darn. She made a cake one time and it was used as a cement block.
The Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread recipe went great – everything mixed wonderfully and tasted great in the mixing bowl. I poured the batter into the loaf pan, pretty much filling it and still had batter left over. Had some silicon cupcake holders, so I thought I’d try to make few cupcakes. Put everything on a cookie sheet and into the oven it went.
Checked on it roughly 20 minutes later to remove the cupcakes and beheld such an awful sight: batter from the loaf pan was spilling over on one of the cupcakes, while the other one was browning on the edge and sinking in the middle. After removing the cupcakes, I held onto hope everything would be alright. The buzzer went off and my heart dropped, just like the center of the loaf pan. The edges were nicely browned and level with the pan, but the center was roughly an inch above the bottom. My daughter patted my back, telling me not to feel bad, it still tasted great. She had already polished off the 2 cupcakes I removed earlier. We ate the cooked overflow from the cookie sheet.
I always feel so bad as the ‘affliction’ seems to strike when I want to make something wonderful. I feel like an idiot though my family always comforts me and eats the boo-boos I make. My hubby is the one that taught me to really cook – no boxes or jars, cook homemade and fresh. I’ve been at it for 18 years and maybe in 18 more years I might just get it.
Gonna try again. Anyone know how I can keep the center from falling? I do live at 4965 ft and have to follow high altitude directions on certain recipes. This one didn’t say anything special. Cross your fingers that Elli Mae comes out only once this week!