Thursday, May 14, 2009

Foodie Friday: The 2nd Trainwrecks & Bloopers


Welcome to Foodie Friday's Second Trainwrecks & Bloopers.
Can you guess my blooper?
I knew you could. :-) And it started with such promise!

Cute cookie cutters, dough, and my trusty rolling pin.


Tra la la, let's make Eiffel Tower cookies, Bandwith!


What went wrong? I chilled the dough before and after baking...but they developed major hip-spread, morphing into unrecognizable objects.
That said, they were still edible.


Er, most were edible. I baked these ugly ducklings right in the cookie cutters, thinking I would circumvent hip-spread.
No such luck.
The clean-up was epic and unforgettable. I am still vacuuming crumbs after the Eiffel explosions.

Bandwith was intrigued by my dilemma. Naturally, I'd used refrigerated, store bought cookie dough. He immediately Googled the problem: I needed to add more flour to the heinous store bought stuff.

It worked.

I'm still shaky with a pastry bag--anything with icing sends shivers up my spine (unless it's going into my mouth, of course).

However, silver dragees hide a multitude of culinary sins...not quite so edible, but at least it looks like a shoe. Stay tuned for more adventures with icing.


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54 comments:

  1. LOL! That is a scream! I love the hip spread. I'm glad to know that about store-bought cookie dough since I like to cut corners. I will be sure and compensate should I try it with some I got as a gift. Thanks, Gollum (and Bandwith)!

    XO,

    Sheila... who is really diggin' those shoes! :-)

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  2. I love the Eiffel tower cookie cutter!! I think they are adorable iced and decorated. Linda

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  3. I can't believe YOU really have train wrecks in the kitchen... you make everything look and sound so easy! Happy Foodie Friday! Have a great weekend ~ Susan

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  4. I've baked a lot of those same cookies! The disaster ones that is.

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  5. They turned out after you added the extra flour! Good!!! I love the tiny shoe cookies :)
    My trainwreck was also with cookies! But mine should have been easy, you were doing some serious shapes and decorating!
    Happy Friday Michael!
    Robin
    All Things Heart and Home

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  6. When I try to make decorated cookies I tell myself they are like people--it's what's on the inside that counts! :) I have the utmost respect for anyone who candle handle a pastry bag. Dr. Gollum did great!!! Love your bench and new patio furniture!!

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  7. Glad you were able to fix the problem! The Eiffel Tower is so cute-you have no reason to fear icing!!!! My post has fondant decorations on the cupcakes. I am really feeling accomplished. Really working with the Wilton ready made stuff is a breeze, but I was scared of it for so long!!!! :D Jewel

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  8. Oh my gosh those cookies are so stinkin' cute! I just love the shoes! How awesome! I'm glad things worked out in the end lol. Where'd you find the cookie cutters? I'm in love with them!

    All the best,
    Allison

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  9. So funny about the hip spread! I dread pastry bags myself; one day I would like to wield one with confidence. You did wind up with some nice-looking cookies.

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  10. And this is why I stick to chocolate chip cookies! Thanks for hosting this, it's always a blast. Kathy

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  11. What a fun post, Foodie bloopers! I didn't realize this was the theme for this week, so I'll try to keep with the theme next time. Thanks for hosting such a fun meme. Have a great weekend!

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  12. Love those shoes. Happy I found your blog. It is wonderful.

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  13. it is a darned good thing that my family doesn't care if I can make shapes...lol....most of my baking is a big trainwreck! lol
    I do have to say that those shoes are fantastic!!!!
    have a great weekend dear Gollum

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  14. As long as they taste good - that's all that matters! It's happened to all of us bakers one time or another. Don't give up - try again!

    amy@maisonbelle

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  15. Who would know to add more flour. I bet they were good anyway and that's what really counts. Hugs, Marty

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  16. They looked good in the end so I guess adding more flour helped. I had fun with my post. I love to play with FLOUR:)
    Joyce

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  17. I AM a TRAINWRECK... in the kitchen! All evidence of these disasters have been confiscated by the Dept of Homeland Security...
    yes, yes...it is really THAT bad! LOL

    My feelings are...if you can cover it with icing~it can be saved! LOL LOL....And thus...it's all good! LOL

    Choo Choo....here comes the train! :)

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  18. You had to add more flour? Who knew? I would never have thought to Google the problem. They turned out really great after all! Love the addition of the silver dragees.

    Kady

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  19. Making perfect shaped cookies that actually taste good isn't as easy as you'd think. I've been down that road and through lots of trials and errors have learned that it takes a perfect recipe for me to make a cookie with one of those to die for cookie cutters. I love your cookie cutters and bravo for your success!
    Happy Twirls

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  20. I think you turned that trainwreck around quite nicely. I just LOVE the shoes. Thanks for being such a great hostess.

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  21. I've had many disasters but none were photographed. I like the shoes...very cute.

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  22. ROFL at your first attempts!!! Heeheeheeeeeeeeeeee!
    Thank God for Bandwidth and GOOGLE!!!!

    Justine :o )

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  23. I love the cookie cutters!

    I'm terrible with rolled cookies, can't get them right to save my life.

    Yours actually turned out better than any of mine.

    Lisa

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  24. Is it just me or is your music missing?

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  25. Gollum, I am so glad to join your train wrecks and bloopers week, you need to stop over and read about the time I tried to kill my husband!! Thanks for hosting this fun event! Sue

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  26. I'm a bling, bling kind of gal; those shoes are me.....me.....me...
    As you well know I don't cook much, but I am going to do a lot more; just to get more dishes! LOL
    Steve said to tell you to keep posting your foodie fridays, it does give him some recipes to try from your other bloggers and of coarse he is thinking I will start to cook soon..........
    blossom

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  27. After you fixed the problem...they look marverlous! What did we ever do before Google? Thanks for sharing. Mumzie

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  28. Been there, done that! Had Christmas cookies to do that one time! Never knew about the flour! good to know now!
    They look fabulous now!!!!! Nancy

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  29. I love it! I did not know about adding the flour from store bought dough. My grandchildren and I made cookies from a mix, I had to add a lot of flour to even get the dough to roll out. I should have done that post! I still love the shoes! You have some wonderful cookie cutters!

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  30. Those shoes are the cutest things I have ever seen ! Where did you get them ?

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  31. Bandwith to the rescue!!!!!!!!!! He is our/your hero!!!!!!!! The FINAL results are beautiful....the trainwrecks: I'd eat them:):) Who can resist cookies????? My Mom collected miniature shoes: I sure wish I had been able to make some of those adorable shoe cookies for her! I NEVER would have thought to Google the problem! Hugs, Pinky

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  32. All's well that ends well!;o) Your "adapted" cookies are beautiful!

    Did the eiffel tower cookies really explode? I can't help but giggle!

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  33. Girl you gave you permission to use my cookies on your blog...now all of blogerville knows how I bake ha ha!! too funny Gollum looks just like my baking skills..May you have a great weekend my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  34. I think you could bake a pair of old running shoes, decorate them with icing and dragees and they would still look magnificent. Your mistakes look like my best attempts.

    Florida Sue

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  35. LOL! I like how the "before extra flour" turned out. It was a triangular blob... ;-) Glad Bandwidth found the problem so you can get some done. Great use of the dragees on the cookies, they look great!

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  36. The Eiffel tower cookie cutter is made by Old River Road. It's copper. $7.95 at Sur La Table
    http://www.surlatable.com/gs/eiffel-tower-copper-cookie-cutter-cookie-biscuit-cutters-presses-bakeware-1.shtml

    $8.99 at French Presents
    http://www.frenchpresents.com/product_info.php/products_id/274

    The shoe cookie cutter is made by Foose Cutters:
    http://www.foosecookiecutters.com/store/

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  37. Thanks for the opportunity to participate in "Foodie Friday." I'm an old RMS-er who just recently decided to join in the blogging fun.

    Shari
    (aka "susiehomemaker" on RMS)

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  38. Well shoot, don't I feel stupid! I just realized that there was a theme to this week's Foodie Friday. *blushes* Sorry!

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  39. You made me giggle with your cookies. I am a disaster when it comes to frosting.

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  40. Your blog is always so much fun to visit! I love the shoe cookies.

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  41. haha I am so enjoying foodie friday today Gollum, you have me laughing so much with your exploding Eiffels and your hip-spreading Towers. I am drooling over those shoes though and your icing skills, but I am so hungry right now I have to take a short break. bbfn, hugs, Kathy.

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  42. That Bandwith is such a smart "cookie" :-) to figure out what went wrong! Frankly, I LOVE the shoes and would like a pair just like that! :-) Happy FF!
    Susan

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  43. I just jumped over from Rue's Blog. I wanted to say Hi and nice blog.

    I love those cookies!

    Carolyn

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  44. You are funny..icing is made to cover mistakes!
    Have a great weekend..hope you are healing well!

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  45. Oh those shoes! How cute is that? No, I would never have guessed that you had a cookie cutter hip spread, because everything I've ever seen you do with cookie cutters has been fabulous! Since I would definitely be using store-bought, I'll have to remember Bandwith's little trick. laurie

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  46. Still looked tasty! And glad you got them to turn out.

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  47. ok..ok..now...that I have seen you are not perfect :) (but then maybe this just makes you MORE perfect than ever,) :) I will get the nerve to do a Foodie Friday! Then again, maybe not! They were edible you say? Then..nothing was wasted..and the final end results were adorable. Oh..to be able to do something like that..just once!!! :)
    Beautiful!
    Mona

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  48. Hi sweet Gollum :)

    Those turned out really cute! More flour? Who woulda thunk it! :)

    The cookie that makes me crazy is the chocolate chip. They ALWAYS look awful, but they taste great and that's all that matters right? ;)

    (((hugs)))
    rue

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  49. I am in the middle of reading Crazy Ladies. Thank you for being a wonderful writer. This book should be a movie, I can close my eyes and picture these women.

    The Raggedy Girl

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  50. The finished cookies are cute, and the icing looks good. If the icing is too perfect, the cookies look mass-produced.

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  51. Is it too late to comment on last week's Foodie Friday? I have a great recipe for sugar cookies that I use for my business. It's perfect for cutting out shapes, if you are interested, I could email it to you! Let me know, it's very yummy too.

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  52. Hi!
    I have an award for you. You can come by my place and pick it up.
    http://100sweets.blogspot.com/2009/05/i-got-award.html Have a great evening!

    Sherrie

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