Thursday, June 4, 2009

Recipe for Disaster

I was watching Semi-Homemade with Sandra Lee today (Trophy Wives love the Food Network) who fascinates me, because she is very thin and makes lots of not-so-thin food. I'm certain she doesn't eat it. Case in point today: Heirloom Carrot Spoon Cake (in the crockpot) from her Grandma Lorraine, I believe. Well, Husband loves the carrot cake and since it's cool and drizzly outside, I thought, "Heck, yes. Crockpot carrot cake. Warm, gooey, delicious. And I can lick the bowl, even though it has gluten. Excellent."

So, I pulled out the crockpot and got to mixing. I didn't have a spice cake mix, so I substituted a carrot cake mix with a date stamp indicating 'Best if used by 17 apr 07'. Hmmn. That's only a couple of years ago, so I dumped it in. I didn't have 8 oz of crushed pineapple, but I had a fresh mango that I whirled up in the mini-blender and poured in. No sour cream, but I had some plain yogurt. Pretty doggone similar. It went in, too.

The recipe called for a dry package of butterscotch pudding (who has that, anyway?) but after rummaging around I found two snack pack butterscotch puddings (long story about that). I dumped them in and added a couple of tablespoons of caramel sauce that I bought for banana splits a couple of weeks ago. The recipe called for a cup of water, but since the snack pack pudding was somewhat 'wet' I just added 1/2 cup water and that seemed sufficient.

At this point, I licked the beater and the flavor seemed a little bland so I decided to sprinkle in some pumpkin pie spice but, as it turns out, the little sprinkle hole top wasn't there, so I accidently poured in more than anticipated. I added the oil and eggs as directed before stirring in some shredded carrots. Hub likes raisins and nuts, so I tossed those in, too.

It's in the crockpot now. I don't have ice cream to serve it with and no cream cheese, either, for a frosting. I do have marscapone cheese and whipping cream. Maybe I'll whip that up and give it a little dollop.

I hope it's delicious. But I'm not holding my breath. Recipes on television are never as tasty when you make them at home. Ever notice that?


Matthew Gamblin said...

I don't know mother. I think that you could do it better.

I said it.

Amanda P said...

Well...the recipe at home MIGHT turn out as good if you had even half the ingredients. Just a thought.