Sunday, February 24, 2008

Creating Your Own Recipes


Do you ever experiment by making a recipe of your own? I've done so many times. Sometimes they turn out wonderfully, other times, they are okay, but I wouldn't necessarily make them again. Thankfully, I've never had a total flop.

Many years ago, Mac requested a Black Forest Cheesecake for his birthday. I couldn't find a recipe, and I set out to make it anyway. I spent all day, and quite a bit of money making that cheesecake. After supper, the moment of truth came. The birthday candles were blown out, and the cheesecake was served. I placed the remaining 2/3 of the uneaten cheesecake on a stand in the kitchen while we ate in the dining room.

That cheesecake was delicious. Mac oohed and aahed with each bite. I was so proud! Suddenly, there came a loud noise from the kitchen. Our very dumb basset hound (that we no longer have , NOT due to this episode!) had gotten up to the stand, and pulled the cheesecake over.

When I entered the kitchen, he was helping himself to the mess on the floor. I was so angry! And the worst part? I didn't think to write the recipe down as I was making it! I've never made Black Forest Cheesecake again. Someday...

This morning, I woke early, and decided to experiment in the kitchen before heading out to worship. This time I did write the recipe down. Two recipes, in fact! One is for normal people, the other is for low-carb eaters like myself. Let me tell you, it's not much fun to watch everyone else eat the homemade soft pretzels, cinnamon rolls, and cakes that you make when you can't eat them yourself. I need to get creative! Although this cake isn't low-carb enough to eat everyday, it's still a nice treat, without the guilt.

The verdict? Even Grandma said that the cake was delicious. A winner! And I wrote it all down so I can make it again! The recipes for Ginger Pear Cake, and Lower Carb Ginger Pear Cake can be found at Mama's Fixins.

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11 comments:

Kelli said...

Thank you so much for the recipe, Tracy! It looks beautiful and delicious and will be perfect for the next time I have friends over for tea!
Hugs,
Kelli

Tori said...

Hmm, looks so good. I'm a pretty safe cook but I think I would like to do some experimenting. Thanks for the recipe!

randi---i have to say said...

I like to experiment, but I do usually start with a recipe. I don't venture out on my own that much when it comes to cooking.

Our dog once grabbed a cooked pork roast from our counter. I had been letting it cool so I could make pulled pork sandwiches for company. All I will say is that I had to apologize to the dog after I got done with him. Poor guy!

Penless Thoughts said...

Looks wonderful!!!
Susan

Beck said...

You inventive gal!

Christy said...

oooohhhh...

Thank you!

Tina Louise said...

Looks scrummy!

Love, Tina :)

Lisa said...

I like experimenting with recipes to. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Tracy said...

This looks incredible! Thanks for sharing!

Jennifer said...

I don't experiment much... anymore :o) I've had too many "flops" -- but I do well with recipes.

I loved your story about your puppy. It reminded me of when we had company over years and years ago. My Mom had just made the best brownies - from scratch. We all retired to the living room after dinner, and my Mom set the fresh brownies on the dining room table to cool. About 15 minutes later, we went back to cut the brownie... our miniature schnauzer had managed to take a flying leap onto the table and was eating those brownies just as fast as he could. As my Mom started yelling at him, he didn't even flinch, he just kept his head down in that chocolate. (Oh, and he was just fine after that -- didn't even get sick!)

I love that you have made 2 recipes, I will definitely try your low carb version!

Janie said...

Looks yummy!!!