Hey ya’ll, thanks for reading/commenting on my last post. It made me feel a lot better to know that some of you get jealous of other people sometimes too, and I especially appreciate the encouraging words about my weight loss efforts (and yay for a few lurkers coming out! Hope you stick around!). I started my new program last week, and I’m going to take some time over the weekend to process my thoughts about it so far and give you guys the scoop. I’ve never done anything like this before, and I know I’ll need all the support I can get!
So yesterday, we had an all-staff meeting, and it was my department’s turn to bring in treats and coffee. I was working on a baking project and, knowing I wouldn’t be able to eat the fruits of my labor on my new program, I decided to bring in my experimental baked goods for my coworkers.
I baked two loaves of Amish Friendship Bread after I was given a starter by a coworker; her bread was delicious! It tasted like a cinnamon muffin. When she gave me the recipe and I saw “one cup of oil,” I knew I was going to try to give it some Healthy Twists. And oh man, Twist I did!
Never heard of Amish Friendship Bread? I consulted the Google about it, and it turns out Mrs. Healthy Blogger Tina (Carrots N Cake) made it awhile back herself, so you can read her post for details. I also consulted this blog that gave me some great tips.
I made a ton of substations to the original recipe. I used half whole-wheat pastry flour and half cake flour (all I had), I used 1/2 cup of applesauce instead of 1/2c of oil, I used sugar-free Jello pudding mix, and cut the sugar to just over half a cup (um, I ran out). Oh if that’s not enough, in one loaf I threw a ton of blueberries, and in the other I added half an apple, chopped, and about 1/3c chopped walnuts.
The result of my experimentation? Check it out:
Yeah…pretty, it’s not. It was all sunken and when I took it out of the pan, it almost totally fell apart, it was so moist. As in, I thought I undercooked it. As in, I almost threw it out. Then I remembered that my coworkers will eat just about anything, especially if it’s homemade. At least, that was my theory. I decided to test this theory out, rather than waste the ingredients by throwing it away.
I brought in the two loaves and watched people devour my crazy concoction.
Folks, it wasn’t bread. It was like bread pudding, or French toast that was left in the batter too long. It was actually pretty tasty (I sampled it at work…whoops) but the texture was SO weird. And not a crumb was left at the end of the meeting.
Do you bring in your cooking/baking experiments to work? Do your coworkers (or friends, or family) prove or disprove my theory, “free baked goods will never go uneaten, regardless of quality.”