We’re all craving something sweet and soothing during the quarantine. So why not try out that banana bread recipe that's been hanging on your fridge for over two years now? I mean, the ten boxes of eggs, aka your coronapocalypse hoard, ain't gonna bake themselves.

The pans are flying in no time and the solo baking show is on. The timer goes off and there you have it—a doughy monstrosity and impressive baking fail. Bored Panda has collected the most unsuccessful attempts right down below that will hopefully spark your inner chef, because whatever you make… it can’t be that bad. Been there, baked that? Share your quarantine bake-off stories in the comments! 

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Just don’t ask...

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Rem
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5 months ago

It's grown a tentacle

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AJu
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5 months ago

Laughed very much at the caption :D

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Bill
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5 months ago

"Its a its aaah rocket ship.yeah a rocketship. " "Death to Smoochie" a great adult humor Robin Williams movie

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You’re not the only one considering making banana bread. The global pandemic has turned many into avid home bakers. In fact, there are so many of them that suppliers have been forced to increase production.

Bloomberg reports that baking staples have become a sort-of luxury. Baking yeast sales were up 457% over last year for the week ending March 28. Flour was up 155%, butter up 73%, baking powder up 178%, and eggs up 48%.

Robert Harper, the president at Hopkinsville Milling Co., said the company is packing twice as much flour as usual. Harper commented: “It started to look like Thanksgiving and Christmas all rolled into one. People have time on their hands and are trying to save some money.”

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Rabbit Carrot
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5 months ago

Cut them up post bake when they’re still a little soft. Or if they’re a little hard crumble them up into large chunks and sprinkle on ice cream. Nom.

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My make-shift attempt at making a bunny failed me, but I think I baked a fat cat instead? 

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Mark
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5 months ago

Thinks first picture was the after, looks at second picture, what the hell!!!!

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Vicky Zar
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5 months ago

How can you forget flour? Its the main ingredient most of the time

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Bored Panda contacted Beth Coombes, a professional pastry chef and the owner of bespoke bakery Pili Pala Cakehouse, who told us about everything you need to know to bake in quarantine like a pro.

Beth suggests always reading your recipe in full before just going for it. “Baking is such a science and things must be done in the correct order to achieve the end result you want,” she explained. Plus, always weigh your ingredients before starting so you can concentrate on the method while making it.

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So...this looked to be baking perfectly and happily in the oven...this was the surprise on the other side

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Shirin Hashim
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5 months ago

Was it trying to escape?

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“Ummm....are the cinnamon buns supposed to try and escape from the pan?

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Human #1,232,867
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5 months ago

Love it, look so cool!

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Epextecation vs reality

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rai mei
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5 months ago

it's still cute :)

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The pastry chef named a couple of beginner’s mistakes that are best to avoid. One of the most common ones is setting the oven to the right temperature. “Cakes cook on so many different temperatures to get different results, so don’t think 'ah, this temp will do,' as it might not work, and you’ll learn that the hard way.”

Another common mistake that anyone who is new to baking could make is simply not knowing the technique. “For example, 'beating' or 'folding' techniques. If you’re not sure what a word means, give it a little google first and you’ll be good to go.”

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Miss Cris
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5 months ago

You can use them in a barbecue now!

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Miss Cris
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5 months ago

It looks delicious anyway

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Rissie
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5 months ago

But how? It really isn't that hard...

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If you can decide on a recipe to try out when in quarantine, Beth has shared her super-easy salted caramel brownies recipe with all the Pandas out there. The ingredients you’ll need are: 170g dark chocolate, 170g unsalted butter, 3 eggs, 225g caster sugar, 50g cocoa, 50g plain flour, ½ tsp sea salt, 100g salted caramel.

“Preheat your oven to 150℃ and line a 11”/8” tin. First, melt the chocolate and butter together and leave to cool for a couple of minutes. Then, whisk your eggs and sugar together until combined before adding your chocolatey butter mixture. Continue to gently whisk until it all comes together, then add your cocoa powder, flour, and salt. Fold this together, to make sure it’s all smooth and combined—it will be super-thick and shiny.”

“Lastly, add half of your salted caramel to the brownie, fold, and combine. Pour this in the tin, then drizzle and swirl the other half through the brownie. Give it a couple of taps on the table to level it out and bake it in the oven for 20-25 minutes.” 

“Once ready, it should still be a little wobbly in the center, but crusted and set around the edges. You must leave this to cool for a few hours before cutting into squares and indulging—trust me, it will totally be worth it!” Bon appetit!

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Baking fail. My macarons exploded and didn’t grow feet. I’m pretty sure it had to do with my almond flour. I made my own and I think it was too moist. I haven’t been able to find ready made almond flour but almonds are readily available. I’m gonna try again

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Miss Cris
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5 months ago

Macarons are very difficult to do. Yours look arty in some way.

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In my attempt at making pizza, i discovered my yeast had expired in 2010. And the supermarkets had ran out of yeast. Then I read about making yeast from dried fruit. I used dried longan and here is an interesting outcome. The dough was stretchy and after baking, I ended up with a very pleasant tasting crispy and slightly chewy sweetish flatbread. It went really well with crunchy peanut butter

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Emperor Kitten
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5 months ago

Or make a sourdough starter. You won't get your pizza for a week, but it'll be awesome.

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Rabbit Carrot
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5 months ago

Failed rainbow cookies look like cool mined gem cookies.

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Sadly my challahday easter bunny didn't quite work out. Seems to have come down with some hip dysplasia, ear disconnection, and a touch of elephantiasis in the oven... I think the main culprits here were uneven working of the various strands, slight underproofing, and perhaps some rusty baking skills. Next time..

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ZombieGirl
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5 months ago

It actually doesn't look too bad

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Nawal Wali
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5 months ago

That oval is going to be me by the end of all this

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Perfumista Perfumista
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5 months ago

You've been burning

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A bit too much of baking soda

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Mark
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5 months ago

Congratulations you made..........................a mess!

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Sweet f’n dreams people!!

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Nawal Wali
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5 months ago

This ones seen things

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I think I made the peanut butter cookies a bit too big.

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Johnny Farnen
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5 months ago

No such thing as a peanut butter cookie made too big.

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He’s baaaaaa-ck! 3. Oh no!! 4. Sleepy sheepy

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Mark
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5 months ago

Googly eyes would have helped along with a derpy smile.

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Collin Lyle
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5 months ago

Baking is science, lol

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I tried to make pretzels and they went MUTANT 

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Tabitha L
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5 months ago

Yummy. Pretzel rolls!!

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Miss Cris
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5 months ago

Oven in a too low temperature

Gregg V
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5 months ago

You followed the recipe exactly, but not the cooking.

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Riley Alexander
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5 months ago

Hey all, so this is none. The ish is the little extra flour I added from a second cup after measuring the required 1.5 cups and then being a mm low. Everything else was exact. I think the answer was a new house, new oven, and maybe I need to adjust for temp. It was delicious, but a little undercooked.

Dilly Millandry
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5 months ago

New ovens can really muck up a tried and tested recipe!!

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Kathy Guillemette
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5 months ago

Maybe the baking soda/powder had expired? Wonder how it tasted?

Annie Ooton
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5 months ago

It’s that “ish” that’ll kill ya!

Rischa Leinweber
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5 months ago

exactlyish? hahahaha

Joyce Deering
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5 months ago

Ahhh. Just fill that cave-in with some nice chocolate and dig in. Insist that you intended it that way.

Vanessa Sorensen
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5 months ago

What do you mean by exact-ish? Look for old recipes. You can vary more with them, they are healthier, and they are safer.

Riley Alexander
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5 months ago

This is mine, and to answer everyone's comments, it was undercooked.

Sarah Stalder
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5 months ago

I don't think they're listening.

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Hermione Granger
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5 months ago

Exactlyish. New word of the day.

Luna Lovegood
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5 months ago

Yeah I think I will use that now lol.

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KateKat
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4 months ago

Exactly ish??

Mumof1
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5 months ago

It's the ish bit you got wrong

AVA TRINIDAD
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5 months ago

you have to pre heat the oven for 15 minutes before you put the banana bread for 180 degrees..or else the baking powder or baking soda will not rise

Elizabeth Roethle Crawford
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5 months ago

Did you forget baking powder or soda?

David Lipton
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5 months ago

Oven was too cold when it went in. You need to bring the oven up before the item is inserted.

Sue Prewitt
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5 months ago

ish?

Tami Bridges
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5 months ago

exactly ish lmao

Kesam
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5 months ago

Banana-shaped banana bread 😁

Alexander Mezger
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4 months ago

It looks tasty. I like stuff crunchy.

Renee Joslyn
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4 months ago

It's the "ish" that'll get you every time! 😄

JoAnn LePoer
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5 months ago

too it out too soon and probably tooo much shortening

Alpaca
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5 months ago

... what do you mean by "exactly-𝘪𝘴𝘩"?

Richard Davis
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5 months ago

laughing at "ish"

eclipse
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5 months ago

exactly -ish

Slune
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5 months ago

....but bananas without the peel! It's to heavy

Anna roberts
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5 months ago

Line the pan with parchment paper, only way I don't do this for my banana nut bread

Karen Lyon
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5 months ago

Followed it exactly "ish"? Is that like being slightly pregnant? It reminds me of a conversation I've had with a friend who is a total foodie and loves to cook, but leaves the baking to his wife. According to him, you can substitute when cooking, but when baking, that's a no. I told him that wasn't true, I substitute all the time when I bake, I know other people who do too, with great success. You just have to know what you're doing, and I will say that the basic directions you still follow exactly. Not exactly-ish. Mercy.

Cathy Proctor
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5 months ago

the proof is in the "ish"

Teresa Groth
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5 months ago

Get it right the next attempt!

SF Angel
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5 months ago

Too low a temperature and took it out of oven too soon

EtherealSponge
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5 months ago (edited)

Ah yes, the imperfect science of, “exactly-ish”. E: I honestly think it’s necessary considering different baking conditions and preferences.

May Day
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5 months ago

All ovens are different and don't cooperate with you.

Ellen Frank
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5 months ago

If the oven temp is not too low, then your pan is too small.

Rã. R. Field
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5 months ago

•••• or did you open the oven a few times in excitement? Mmmm?

Philly Bob Squires
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5 months ago

Voila! A Bread Cauldron!

Paloma Vita
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5 months ago

Exactly-ish is not a thing...

Paloma Vita
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5 months ago

Exactly-ish is an oxymoron.

Lisa Tetlow
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5 months ago

Looks good ish.

melbfk
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5 months ago

The ish will get you every time.

Bored Silly
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5 months ago

I have never seen banana bread sink in like that

melanie bly
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5 months ago

Turn it in to a banana bread bowl. Enjoy!

PokemonMaster
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5 months ago

exactly -ish, huh?

Donald Holder
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5 months ago

Improper temp causes this!

Eloise
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5 months ago

It’s that extra ish wot did it

Garth Robinson
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5 months ago

eggzactly the right shape......(D) ish!!

Anji B
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5 months ago

followed the recipe-ish. Yeah. Been there, done... you know.

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5 months ago

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Ashley Wright
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5 months ago

Key word: ISH

Pamela Grove
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5 months ago

You can NEVER "ish" when baking. Baking is a science, you MUST follow the recipe and instructions EXACTLY to have good results.

Azziza
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5 months ago

That "ish" is important. Do do "ish" anymore. Follow EXACTLY.

Id row
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5 months ago

Too much butter or your butter was melted when you incorporated it. The butter should be soft, not melted when you mix it in. And it looks like the baking soda may have been omitted.

Ice cube
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5 months ago

The 'ish' is where you went wrong

Pretty Pangolin
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5 months ago

That's where the ice cream goes.

Elizabeth Wilkins
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5 months ago (edited)

Trick is use baking soda not powder when making banana bread and a higher temp of 375

Kendra Phillips
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5 months ago

“Exactly ish” 😂😂😂 there is no “ish” when baking.

Laura Martin
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5 months ago

Yup, there’s the culprit “ish”

Patty Leaton
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5 months ago

no banana cake

Frozengeckolover
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5 months ago

"exactly ish" lol.

Lucinda Guerra
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5 months ago

get a bread maker,, then put all the stuff it ask for in it,, you wont fail there...easy as pie.. it will do all the mixing ..

Annie
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5 months ago

Beware! "Ishs" can be trouble makers!

Annette Christopherson
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5 months ago

Breadish failish.

Kim Bush
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5 months ago

Failed and fell

Tai Dallen
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5 months ago

I feel like the "ish" might be the problem...

Kathy Baylis
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5 months ago

“Exactly-ish” says it all. Baking is chemistry; you have to follow the recipe to a T—-ingredients, times, procedures, everything—-or you’re just flirting with disaster. When you get good at it you know how far you can take “exactly-ish” and still end up with something good.

jo Philbin
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5 months ago

Did you open the oven before it had started to rise/become golden?

Ice cube
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5 months ago

The "ish" is where you went wrong

Sk8_boy
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5 months ago

Put water in it then its a tiny duck pond

M Dream
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5 months ago

you opened the oven. never open the oven in cakes!

Les Goodall
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5 months ago

"I followed the recipe exactlyish" hahahahahahahaha

Les Goodall
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5 months ago

"followed recipe exactlyish" hahahahahahaha

Manya Mitta
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5 months ago

hahahahahaha lol

Karen Johnston
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5 months ago

Never count on the ish to help you.

Gin
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5 months ago

Well, she did follow the recipe eXaCtLy-ISH

Riley Alexander
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5 months ago

See my above comment. 😊

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Emi Asanuma
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5 months ago

At least "IT" failed. Not your fault lol

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i am normally a good baker. i found a recipe for egg custard pie. i told my husband 2 go 2 the store to get the ingredients (only 1 person per family is allowed in the store and i cannot be trusted because i come home with a whole bunch of junk food lol). 1 of the ingredients were pie crust, i told him the pie crust are in the refrigerated section near the eggs and where the cookie dough is. he came home with pie crust from the freezer in a pie plate already....i have never seen these in my life and the pie dish was not deep. this was the outcome of using pie crust i have never made before. apparently the egg custard somehow got under the pie crusts while baking, and that big bubble in the middle is the pie crust

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Maiun
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5 months ago

Lesson 1. Make your own pie crust. Lesson 2. Pastry formula: half fat to flour. EG. 8 oz flour 4 oz fat. Lesson 3. Use butter, freeze it, grate it into the flour, cut together with a butter knife, add COLD water( 1/4 to 1/2 a cup) gradually, stirring gently until dough comes together, leave in fridge for 30 mins before rolling out (this lets the gluten in the flour relax and stops the pastry being tough) Enjoy

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rai mei
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5 months ago

ummm.. too much heat?

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Adam C
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5 months ago (edited)

But why use a 30 year old dough?

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5 months ago

This are the kind of pictures that you just keep laughing at even though you can’t figure out what exactly is so funny about them.

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read041
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5 months ago

WHY?! Do you want the cookie to taste like soap?!

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