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October 1, 2012

Recipe Rescue

Yesterday morning I woke up feeling a bit grumpy.  I was tired, and the fact that it was raining outside wasn't helping.  Plus the rain was making all the pretty-colored leaves fall off the trees before they're ready! 

I decided I should find some kind of project for myself to work on.  I mean I have enough projects either started, or waiting to be started, so why not just pick one and go for it?  I thought about the bag of apples I had sitting in the fridge and decided upon making an apple pie.  Afterall, it was a perfect apple pie kind of day.

Well, me being me decided that just any ordinary apple pie wasn't gonna cut it.  I wanted to find a recipe that was unique AND was going to taste FABULOUS!  So where did I go? Pinterest of course.  And I couldn't find apple pie recipes.  Really??? 

So off to Google I went.  At one point I was pretty much settled on Martha Stewart's apple pie recipe, but it wasn't really any different than all the other recipes out there.  Really Martha? Your supposed to be the BEST! This is when I stumbled upon a recipe which was exactly what I was looking for.

First off the crust was a bit different than your average crust, and you used your hands to mix all of the ingredients together.  Then the apple filling was prepared in a way I had never heard of before.  

The method was to simmer your sugar-coated apple slices in butter, drain out the liquid, and then cook the liquid until it was thick and any sugar was carmelized, and then add back to the apples.  This was where things went wrong.  REALLY wrong I might add.

Once my apples were done simmering, they were no longer apple slices.  
More like chunky mush. 

I became enraged, and came close to dumping the whole thing in the trash.  (If you know me personally, you know enraged for me isn't really all that scary ;)  

After calming myself down I decided I should make something else out of this mush.  The only thing I could think of was applesauce or apple butter, and I didn't really want to make either. So back to Google I went.    

What I finally came up with was to place the mush in a greased casserole dish, mix up batter for a small yellow cake, and spread that on top.  Then I mixed brown sugar, cinnamon and chopped walnuts in a bowl and poured that over the whole thing. After baking for 20 minutes the kitchen smelled really good, and the mushy cake thing looked pretty tasty too.

Yes the apples were even more mushy than before, but overall I think this was an ok recipe rescue :)

Have you ever had a recipe disaster which you were able to rescue?  I have to say this is the first time in my life I was able to do this.  Normally I don't stop myself when the feeling comes over me to throw the it all in the trash lol.

Looking ahead to this week My Wordless Wednesday blog party will be open Tuesday at noontime {US EST}, Friday will be my Fabulous Friday Finds Etsy picks, and beginning at noon US EST on Friday is my NO RULES Weekend Blog Party!  In between I should have some more fun things to share with you :)

Wishing you all a wonderful week! 



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  1. Good for you for rescuing it!!! That's awesome and it's looks YUMMY!!!!!

  2. Yum this looks delicious! Way to go on not giving up!

  3. Very creative rescuing ~ sounds very delicious ~ (A Creative Harbor)

  4. I have lived a long time so I have had a lot of recipe disasters. Once when I was working at an AFB I was to take a special cake to a function on the base. My cake fell apart as I was taking it out of the pan. Disaster!

  5. I think that actually looks good! Glad you were able to salvage the apples and come up with something tasty!

    This must be the week for recipe disasters. Friday I made spaghetti thinking I had sauce or the fixings for homemade sauce. After the noodles were almost ready- I had neither. I was quite ticked. I ended up dumping a jar of alfredo sauce on top and called it a night. It wasn't great, but edible lol.

  6. Way to save it!

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  7. Good for you in finding a solution to a possible disaster. I was too busy with other things that I haven't joined any hops for the last few days and really miss not having joined yours. Hopefully next week!

    Thanks for linking up at the Make My Saturday Sweet blog hop!

    Tina - mom of 4 and author of 5 blogs

  8. Your final treat reminds me of something my mother made many many years ago. Thanks for the reminder too that you never know where things will take you when you keep at it!

  9. Thank you for the kind words ladies!! I'm glad I kept at it this time around :)

  10. haha i thought this was hilarious. i hate when you fail a potentially delicious recipe. I tried to make some fluffy brownie cookies last week- fell flat. We've been eating them as a crumbly topping for ice cream, but i can't help but cringe when my husband calls them "the brownie cookies gone wrong" lol. you recovered beautifully. high five!

  11. I love recipe rescues! Thanks for stopping by yesterday--I'm making my rounds today!

  12. You really got creative and came up with a wonderful recipe Paula! Looks so yummy!

  13. Thank you for the lovely comments!


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