Which was my ENTIRE cooking repertoire when I was a new bride.
Thankfully, My Love wasn't after my skills in the kitchen.
My baking skills?
They are still pretty much at zero.
Don't get me wrong - I am a baking master with the help of Betty and the Dough Boy. But that baking from scratch business? That is the stuff that makes me break out in a nervous sweat.
Sometimes, I forget that little tidbit of non-baking-ability, and volunteer myself to bake something.
I volunteered to make a gluten-free dessert for our ladies book club which can't be that hard, right?
Did I mention that one of the other ladies making desserts could fill in on that "Cake
Mob Boss" show? No pressure on Whitney. Yeah, right.
I mean, how good does THAT look???? Yes, delicious and amazing.
Then I found an even better one on Martha's website:
I made my list of ingredients, and off I went to the store. So far, so good.
Then I read the directions:
Step 1 - Preheat the oven to 275 degrees with the rack in the center. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan. Set aside.WHAT IN THE WORLD IS A SPRINGFORM PAN???!?!?!?!
I'm gonna be honest here, at first I wondered if it meant you could only use it in Spring. That admission alone is pretty hard for me to make - but it's true. Don't laugh at me. I didn't know?!
Back to google I went.
I would not be able to do anything, ever, if I did not have google.
Even more apparent, I didn't have one. One of my wonderful neighbors did, and he was kind enough to show me how it works and everything!
Back to the directions:
Step 2? It actually made sense. Hallelujah!
Step 3? Notsomuch.
In a large bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add granulated sugar, and continue beating until glossy stiff peaks form. Whisk 1/4 of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture; then gently fold in remaining egg whites.
Soft peaks? Glossy Stiff Peaks?? Folding?!
Thankfully, my 15 year old babysitter (Bridget) was here and she actually bakes. So as I was beating the egg whites I kept asking,
"Is this right?
Are these soft?
Whattheheck does a peak look like?
Is this too much?
Is this glossy?
It looks slightly matte to me, did I ruin it??"
I guess today she's babysitting the 30 year old mother-of-4-boss-of-the-house.
If it doesn't? I'm totally blaming it on Bridget.