Monday, July 16, 2012

The Best of the Breads

Hi and welcome back to another review round-up of Adventures In Baking. This episode takes a look back at the Breads I've made during the first half of the year. I'll just say right up front, this was not a very successful category!  I attempted 6 bread/muffin recipes since January 1.  Like the other categories I've reviewed so far where it was a tough choice for Top 2 Favorites,  it was a tough choice here too.....but for entirely different reasons!  This review is going to go from most to least successful.  Or, if you will, from most to least edible! 

The breads were off to a decent start with Lemon Glazed Cranberry Scones I made the second week of January.  You can read all about my adventure here.  The scones were pretty good, especially the glaze, they were just a little too thick.  The larger scones wouldn't have been quite so doughy if they would have been baked a little longer.  I tried baking these again for Easter morning and everyone liked them.

Next up we have the muffins: Banana Chocolate Chip, Pecan Pie and Blueberry.  Of the three, the Banana Chocolate Chip were the best.  As long as you like banana.  Click here to read about them . 

 Click here for the Pecan Pie Muffins.  They don't look very pretty, but they totally taste like pecan pie!  They were super easy and only used 5 ingredients. 

And finally, click here for the Blueberry Muffins.  They have the opposite problem of the Pecan Pie Muffins.  They look amazing, but have no taste what-so-ever.

And that brings us to the final two items, Banana Bread and Strawberry Almond Scones.  I'm not even going to include the links to these.  In the words of a 12 year old, Epic Fail!  See for yourself...

After more than double the directed baking time, it was both burned and raw.  Pieces fell off in the oven.  Smoke billowed out of the stove top burners.  It wasn't pretty.

And then there's this.

They baked beautifully.  On the outside.  The inside was like gnawing on a piece of Styrofoam.  I haven't made another bread, muffin or scone since.  They may have scared me for life.

One final category to go.....The Best of the Rest!  
See ya back here soon.

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