I googled the recipe and found many bloggers who had pulled off this exact treat, seemingly without trouble. With perfectly formed brownies and beautiful, silky, salted caramel.
If they can do it, so can I!
WRONG. So wrong.
Wrong like the time the kids were into Angry Birds, so I thought I’d be a super creative mum and make these Angry Birds cupcakes with them.
They were going to look just like this:
But in reality they turned out like this:
But I can’t blame the kids for this one. This was all me. To be honest, I’m not really sure where it started to go wrong for me with these delightful brownie sandwiches. Probably from the get go.
I decided to be different and instead of making round individual cookie shapes, I’d just do one big brownie and then cut it into squares and make “sandwiches”. (Mostly because I knew my round individual cookies would probably merge into one big cookie in the oven like many other cookies I’ve made.)
But somewhere between Mila asking me for a snack and yelling at Dreyson to stop jumping on the sofa, I lost track of how much chocolate I’d put in the pot to melt.
So I may have put in more than called for. Or not. Who knows what I did! Better to add more than not enough, right??
The brownies turned out extra gooey and chocolatey so I’m sure I put a bit too much extra chocolate in there.
The salted caramel probably went wrong at every step. Perhaps I didn’t wait long enough for the sugar to turn golden before adding the cream and butter. Perhaps I stirred too much.
Perhaps I (definitely) had no idea what I was doing.
I must have over whipped when it came to beating the mixture until it formed “soft peaks”. Because as you can see, it split. And looks all bumpy. And sad.
But anyway, what’s done is done.
The saving grace here is that they still taste really delicious. Very rich, but decadent and amazing.
Here is how they’re supposed to look. Donna Hay makes it look effortless with her perfectly styled cookies and pro grade food photography:
Mine look like bugs that have just been squished with a shoe, and all their insides are oozing out:
Hasn’t stopped me from gobbling them up though! They do actually taste incredible. And at least I can say I tried it.
If you’d like to try, Donna Hay’s recipe is below. Don’t let my sad attempt stop you!
Have you ever had a recipe that failed? I’d love to hear about your failed creations so I know I’m not alone!