Yes, it’s true. Cucina Bella has bad recipe days too. I know, that is difficult to digest, but everyone has their moments. Even me.
Let me tell you how this all started. The SHF #17 theme is dairy so I put my thinking cap on and decided that this would be the perfect opportunity to make my son some homemade zwieback cookies.
But since he’s on a wheat-free, dairy-free, egg-free diet, I had to be sure to use alternative ingredients. Instead of milk, I used rice milk. Instead of butter, margarine. And instead of all-purpose flour, sweet rice flour.
I searched the web a bit and looked at several recipes for zwieback and mirrored my own after them. My ingredients were similar, but with a twist – I added vanilla and cinnamon for a bit extra flavor.
I mixed diligently. Then I kneaded with care. But the dough just wouldn’t form a ball, so I tossed in a bit extra water to help it along. Finally it bonded together . . . a little. Then I covered the ball and waited for it to rise. It didn’t. But I forged ahead and separated the dough into pieces and placed it on the cookie sheet. Then I waited for it to rise again. It didn’t. But I thought maybe it had and I just was too distracted to notice (I have a crawling 7 month old who has a penchant for getting to the front door to look out, after all).
So here is what I created: a fragrant, cracked rock exterior with a gelatinous interior. Can you say EWWWW?!?
I did put them through half of the second bake, but ultimately found that they just weren’t going to work for me. At all.
So now it’s back to the old drawing board for a killer recipe for Sugar High Friday, provided the recipe doesn’t create something that could crack a windshield or be used as a makeshift hockey puck.
At least I got some good pictures though.