Recycle Your Baking

by Julie Gibbons on November 5, 2010

Do you have baking disasters? Disappointing, isn’t it?

I had not one, but two this weekend. I blame it on the materials ;)

First up, Saturday morning scones. Organikal child loves a cheesey scone so I bake them for him on Saturday morning, the enticing smell just enough to lure him out of bed (sometimes even on the right side of noon).

Gluten Free Cheese Scones

The flour – a blend of Rice, Potato, Tapioca, Maize & Buckwheat – is lighter to work with than wheat flour and I found it as uncomfortable as touching cotton wool when I was rubbing in the butter. (If you get freaked out with the feel of cotton wool you know what I mean. If that seems weird to you, then you’ll be fine!) When I added the milk it all seemed a bit mashed potatoes, but I gaily went ahead, adding in extra liquid as advised.

gluten free cheese scones

Turns out I should have added in more butter as well: the scones were way too crumbly. The child managed to cram a few down his gob, but they were falling apart as soon as you looked at them.

How to Recycle Scones

What to do? Rescue the remainder and whizz them up in the processor. Cheesy scone breadcrumbs straight into a zip lock back and stored in the freezer to be used next day as a savoury crumble topping on top of a tomato bean bake dish ensemble.

Organikal child suggested I use some to dress some fish for him. It’s more likely we’ll have it as a topping on another veggie bake first but if the local fishmonger has anything sustainable that’s substantial enough for crumb, I’ll definitely give it a go.

Banana Muffins for Halloween

Last minute moment of crisis. Is one toffee apple enough to impress kids who dress up and mug perfect strangers for bags of sugar drugs and even cash? I decided I’d supplement the gorgeous burnished apples we were giving out to guisers with something sweet but no less home made – a quick banana muffin for each of them.

Did I learn my lesson from the scone fiasco the day before? Apparently not. Out came two trays of tiny, hard rock cakes – definitely not something to impress guisers with.

A Trifle Disaster

Four failed muffins suffused with strawberry jelly and used as the base for trifle. Did it work? Not really. So what happened to the rest of the wee fellies? You guessed it… straight into the processor and whizzed up into sweet banana breadcrumbs:

banana muffin breadcrumbs

I’m thinking a nice topping for a fruity crumble?

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Juliet Wilson November 5, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Excellent! I’d definitely use that as a toppping for a crumble, it’s definitely crumble season, we’re inundated with apples!


Julie Gibbons November 8, 2010 at 6:29 pm

I love apple season! Would equally love to be inundated…


Mrs Green November 5, 2010 at 8:23 pm

LOVE this post! I did a similar thing and ended up with ‘trifle base’ ;) really creative stuff – thanks for the inspiration and the laugh !


Julie Gibbons November 8, 2010 at 6:30 pm

You’re very welcome – and thanks for visiting you ‘radical recycler’, you ;)


Susi November 9, 2010 at 10:36 pm

Recent baking disasters have seen the teenager making a batch of cookies which merged into one big cookie and got stuck to the tray!
These were “recycled” into ziplock bags and munched on as after dinner treats.

the biggest disaster in our house is making too much and forgetting to stick the excess in the freezer. Birds round our way are happy though!


Julie Gibbons November 10, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Single handedly saving our garden birds – there’s HUGE value in that, there is ;)


Susi November 12, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Perhaps, but you should see my back green!! It’s like a fast food resturant for birds! lol !

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