i’ve been making cookies for a long time now, and i’m really good at it. oh, who am i kidding? i’m amazing. unfortunately i was amazing enough for murdoch university village.
*please excuse the crappy pictures. my regular camera’s battery died and i had to buy an adapter to charge it. i was moving far too much for my iphone
i wanted to make cookies in my new domicile. a simple enough plan. i went to the grocery store and bought the ingredients.
however, when i started to mix them something was wrong. the butter smelled odd. not bad, just different. the eggs did not stand up like i’m used to. the brown sugar had too much molasses, and the white sugar had fairly large crystals. i continued to forge ahead.
i preheated my oven to 180C (350F) and plopped a few proto-cookies down on the sheet.
but after 6 minutes they looked almost unchanged. the were still tall blobs. they were shiny, but they weren’t browning. actually i don’t even think they were baking.
i continued to let them cook. they began to flatten and i breathed a sigh of relief. but then i noticed a new predicament- they were leaking oil. they were separating- not baking! something was seriously wrong. i pulled them from the oven and looked at the disaster before me.
i tried to pick one up and it completely fell apart into a puddle of goo. not even the edges were done. i threw them all away and put the bowl of cookie dough in the fridge.
poor ingredients? was my measuring that off? was the oven that bad?
my guess it was a combination of the three. i didn’t have my usual utensils, the ingredients are definitely different from what i’m used to, and that convection oven is a piece of crap.
i’m not going to bake anything until i move out. and only then will i learn if i need to re-tool all of my recipes for australia. i fucking hope not.