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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rai mei
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1 year ago

the dough is trying to escape?

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Katri
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1 year ago

HAHAHAH :D

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Miss Cris
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1 year ago

They can be rabbit heads!

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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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1 year 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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Dian Parama Kosala
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1 year ago

Just add "from hell" to the title and its ok

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Vicky Zar
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1 year 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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1 year 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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JD
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1 year ago

There's a few bakes on this thread that resemble creatures from the deep. So you're not alone.

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Epextecation vs reality

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Adam C
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1 year ago

You need to add cookie-filter for instagram.

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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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1 year ago

You can use them in a barbecue now!

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Miss Cris
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1 year ago

It looks delicious anyway

Sk8_boy
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1 year ago

Yes

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Harold Summer
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1 year ago

Let cake cool completely for an hour or two. Apply a light, thin, first layer of icing to "crumb coat." Chill in fridge for 30 min. Then apply full layer of icing. The crumb coat keeps your cake from tearing and falling apart when completely icing the cake.

Tabitha L
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1 year ago

Looks like strawberry flavored cake-bomb. I'd eat that.

Theherplover
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1 year ago

It's a cake clump held together by frosting. Delicious

Frozengeckolover
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1 year ago

Yes. If you mess up a cake, just add more frosting. Yummy.

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Tor Rolf Strøm
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1 year ago

I don't know what that is... but I wanna eat it!

Em Wal
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1 year ago

It looks like a strawberry cake

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Karen Gavaletz
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1 year ago

It actually looks pretty yummy! Did she drop it on the floor before she frosted it?

Mary Ciulla
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1 year ago

It looks yummy, now I'm craving for this.

Kathryn Perea
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1 year ago

I would totally eat that!!! You cant go wrong with strawberry cake and icing 👏🧁😁

Haevyn
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1 year ago

Let the cake cool/put it in fridge. Then make sure u soften the icing. Either stir it, leave it on counter, whip it, etc. Or do all those lol

Id row
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1 year ago

Cake wasn't cold enough. I made that mistake once.

Christina Chambers
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1 year ago

Reminds me of the fairies in Sleeping Beauty trying to make a birthday cake without magic. Awesome try, tho!

Louise Brigance
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1 year ago

some stuff may turn out funny looking, but if you followed the ingredient list should taste fine...don't give up

Yvonne
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1 year ago

Yummy! Love the color too

Donna Reynolds
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1 year ago

Acutually, I would eat that now.

bdunbar@kcls.org
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1 year ago

Been there, done that, and yes........will be still good. Sometimes the cake isn't quite cooked enough and the frosting is a litter stiffer then we'd like it. Good ingredients will usually save you ;-)

Monty Is Fiennes
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1 year ago

Would eat.....yup...

jknbt jknbt
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1 year ago

cake disasters always taste the best & are first to go!

Linda Roy
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1 year ago

When applied correctly, icing can hide a lot of mistakes. It's still a good effort 👍

Erin
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1 year ago

I would eat that. It looks scrumptious and fruity.

KatHat
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1 year ago

Gotta let baked goods cool before icing them!!

Mark
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1 year ago (edited)

Now clearly the icing was put on afterwards, but you have to ask, why bother ;)

Frozengeckolover
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1 year ago

Because frosting is yummy!

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Shinomi Chan
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1 year ago

Looks edible

Betsy Gee
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1 year ago

still looks good; practice will help, but I'd still eat it. Even people who bake often, still have mess ups.

Richard Davis
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1 year ago

I used to work in catering and my boss (friend) had a recipe for an orange cake that would always fall apart, always. I did a lot of the baking when I worked there and everything we made was delicious and turned out right : cheese cakes, brownies...but even when I tried to make it...nope so we finally just called it Orange Fall Apart Cake and kept making it because it was delicious.

Mumof1
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1 year ago

Whatever it is, it's needs to be put back in its cage

Merlyn Emrys
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1 year ago

You gotta let it COOL before you frost it.

Judith Milner
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1 year ago

Looks like mine!

Val Izhakevich
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1 year ago

corona cake?

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
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1 year ago

Wasn't it an ice cream?

Zoey Hicks
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1 year ago

yummy

VIRGINIA Parker
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1 year ago

It was rushed you have to take your time went baking has a lot of technicians to learn. It looks moist, I don't know what kind of pan was used it's Strawberry mix and frosting.

Nul Nemo
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1 year ago

Mmm...sure looks yummy! I wouldn't send it back. :p

katboxjanitor
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1 year ago

Let it cool before frosting...?

Lej Sherst
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1 year ago

tasty anyhow - looks like a trifle - break it up a bit, put in a bowl - just add some sliced strawberries, whipped cream, etc.

Teresa Groth
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1 year ago

Funny and looks very tasty!

EtherealSponge
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1 year ago

If this happens, you can just crumble the cake completely, mix in a bit of frosting, roll them into 1 inch/2-3cm balls, freeze them for 1-2 hours until firm, melt some chocolate in a double boiler and make yourself some cake pops. A good form of resurrection to cakes that look like they fell from an airplane.

Leesa DeAndrea
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1 year ago

I'd eat it.

Orenda Anyone
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1 year ago

That is why I dont bake. Nope!

Sharon-Shay Walsh
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1 year ago

She frosted it right out of the oven. I've made that mistake before, but still looks yummy

Rã. R. Field
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1 year ago

Blush”, the colour of sophistication, therefore a Great Taste!

Bored Silly
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1 year ago

Looks yummy but I suspect she did not wait for the cake to cook enough before frosting it.

Caroline Sinclair
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1 year ago

LOL!!

melanie bly
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1 year ago

Now, now. Practice practice! I would eat it,still looks yummy.

Garth Robinson
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1 year ago

Don't worry, it'll look worse by the time I finish with it, yum!

Kathy Shann
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1 year ago

Lol

Katherine Lake
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1 year ago

You have to let it cool before frosting.

Elizabeth Roethle Crawford
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1 year ago

I would eat that yummy

Dutch VanZandt
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1 year ago

Inside out?

Kacey Close
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1 year ago

I mean, it's still cake.

Starlee87
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1 year ago

Mmm strawberry cake

CHUA YEE HWEE
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1 year ago

ummmm,is it strwberry?still looks yum!

Daniel Payne
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1 year ago

Oh bless we all have to learn some where Well i like it

Joyce Deering
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1 year ago

Oh hell yes. I'd still eat that. Just grab a big ole spoon and a nice cold glass of milk. Or a blindfold.

Patty Leaton
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1 year ago

drop it still looks the same

Johanne Trudeau
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1 year ago

It looks good... Strawberry, I'm guessing...

Monika Lachova
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1 year ago

I can totally relate to this one :D

Brenda Owens
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1 year ago

But what does it taste like?

Kathleen Lacy
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1 year ago

Looks yummy to me !

Sarah Malicoat
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1 year ago

I bet it still tastes delicious. Also, if Tommy were my husband that would be the last piece he was ever offered. Baking takes practice, good for her for giving it a shot.

Kathy Brown
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1 year ago

It looks delicious. yummy.

Dawn Everly
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1 year ago

but in Nailed it, they all use buttercream to fix their...oopsies

Ms.GB
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1 year ago

Line the cake pan with wax paper and wait until it cools to put frosting on.

Linda HS
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1 year ago

Why?

Karmadillo
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1 year ago

Just mix the cake and icing together, roll into balls. Stab sticks into the balls. Place in fridge and leave to set. Melt some chocolate. Dip balls into chocolate and voila cake pops

rai mei
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1 year ago

what flavor is it?

Dilly Millandry
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1 year ago

It isn't chocolate - so for me it's a waste of ingredients. Only chocolate cake is worth it.

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Rissie
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1 year 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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1 year 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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Karen Johnston
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1 year ago

You can store yeast in the freezer. I've got some that's at least 2 years old and still works fine.

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Deborah Brett
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1 year ago

Try chilling the assembled cookies before baking them, and reduce the leavening?

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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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1 year ago

It actually doesn't look too bad

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Miss Cris
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1 year ago

They're cute!

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rai mei
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1 year ago

baking..exactly what?

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A bit too much of baking soda

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Mark
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1 year 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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1 year 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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rai mei
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1 year ago

your doggo looks sad :(

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

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Mark
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1 year ago

Googly eyes would have helped along with a derpy smile.

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Collin Lyle
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1 year ago

Baking is science, lol

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I tried to make pretzels and they went MUTANT 

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devi L.
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1 year ago

This looks good

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Miss Cris
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1 year ago

Oven in a too low temperature

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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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1 year 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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1 year ago

ummm.. too much heat?

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Adam C
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1 year ago (edited)

But why use a 30 year old dough?

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Adam C
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1 year ago

Look ok.

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Miss Cris
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1 year ago

This actually loks nice

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