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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6 months ago

It's grown a tentacle

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AJu
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6 months ago

Laughed very much at the caption :D

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Bill
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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 months ago

Love it, look so cool!

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Epextecation vs reality

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rai mei
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6 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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6 months ago

You can use them in a barbecue now!

elfin
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6 months ago

As charcoal.

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chi-wei shen
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6 months ago

You've burnt 1000 calories in less than an hour.

Barbara
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6 months ago

Black is the only color you can smell (says the baker)

Annabeth Chase
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6 months ago

Pass them off as snowman buttons. Hey, they still work!

Jakub Koziorek
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6 months ago

You can tell people it's homemade oreo...

Batty
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6 months ago

That's what Oreos taste like to me, lmao

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Kitsune Chan
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6 months ago

It's coal! I mean... cool!

Alejandro Villegas
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6 months ago

I didn't know you could eat coals.

NMN
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6 months ago

Its 00:30 not 03:00 that you should set the timer for... what an extra zero does

Perfumista Perfumista
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6 months ago

I take it you did not add activated charcoal for health reasons

juan McCauley
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6 months ago

Trying to be covered inside and out.

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Lisa Tetlow
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6 months ago

Perhaps making hockey pucks is for you.

Ice cube
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6 months ago

The smoke alarm is the dinner bell.

Veni Ch
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6 months ago

They look like prehistoric cookie fossils!!

Mark Sheffield
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6 months ago

Oreo starter kit

Kim Lorton
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6 months ago

Black Plague cookies!

Michael Krog
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6 months ago

Stick to barbeque.

Jaybird3939
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6 months ago

But your future as a hockey puck maker is assured.

May Day
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6 months ago

Black money

Kate Mitchell
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6 months ago

These look like something I would do,🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂

Donna Reynolds
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6 months ago

Crispy.

Zoe Murphy
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6 months ago

Hockey pucks for sale!!!

Moose Keating
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6 months ago

Oh dear....

Rob Reeve
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3 months ago

ooh look Oreos

Micki Van Patten
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5 months ago

Hey! Crush them for a nice charcoal facial scrub!

Jim Coolidge
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5 months ago

Seriously, no offense. Ugliest cookie I’ve ever seen.

Diane Casteel
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5 months ago

smoked cookies, hmmm, that's new

Shinomi Chan
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5 months ago

Oh honey, just don't leave them in the oven for too long, I just usually (since I'm a nervous wreck) never leave the kitchen before baking/cooking is done. I get paranoid

Verena
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6 months ago

Burning calories!

Betsy Gee
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6 months ago

maybe not...cookies are tricky, and starting at lower baking times are better; you can check if they're done by inserting a toothpick; if it's still gooey, add a couple minutes, but stay close.

Cindy Snow
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6 months ago

This stuff honedtly looks like when I try to bake. Thats why God made Sweet Street...

Susan Neves
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6 months ago

Incinerated....

Mumof1
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6 months ago

Hockey pucks?

Kimberley Thomas
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6 months ago

They look like burnt if not flat Oreos.

O Jackson
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6 months ago

Burnt cookies? Eww

Ruth Ann Ryan
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6 months ago

Charcoal, the universal antidote ;)

Mic Howell
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6 months ago

So funny but I can relate

Tara Brooks
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6 months ago

How??

katboxjanitor
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6 months ago

Hint - You don't need to broil cookie dough.

Paul Hazelwood
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6 months ago

Just say they are oreos and you can get away with it

Susan Price
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6 months ago

Black licorice flavored by chance?

backatya
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6 months ago

cookies made by black people?

Katarina Kay
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6 months ago

Perhaps not...

Anna roberts
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6 months ago

Good show you were watching?

selah williams
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6 months ago

oh no

rehabisforquitters
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6 months ago

I would agree with you.

Teresa Groth
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6 months ago

You were too busy at something else weren’t you!

Laurentiu
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6 months ago

medicinal charcoal .. in the oven ?

JJM
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6 months ago

They look like ancient coins dug up from someone's garden.

Bindi Adams
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6 months ago

Charcoal discs, noice!

David Kichi
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6 months ago

Santa would be pleased you helped him baked these for those bad kids that didn't watch out for goodness sake! Lmao

Anja Schmidt
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6 months ago

first step oreo cookie, now the cream, please !! XD

Ian Bodey
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6 months ago

My mam used to say “ when there brown there done, when there black there buggered )...😂😂😂😜🤪😀🤣

Sharon-Shay Walsh
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6 months ago

Holy Cow!!

okpkpkp
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6 months ago

Licorice cookies?

Philly Bob Squires
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6 months ago

Mmmmm! Licorice Cookies! LOL

Tatjana Debus
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6 months ago

😱😱😱😜

Veda Charrow
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6 months ago

The devil’s cookies...

Jennifer Sacrison
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6 months ago

WTH?? 🤣🤣

Shelby McClain
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6 months ago

Lol damn did you cook them for an hour??

ptm45
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6 months ago

are those briquetttes? lol!

Marilyn Slater
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6 months ago

As my mother used to say, many years ago, "When it's brown, it's done; when it's black, it's buggered."

melanie bly
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6 months ago

No, that's ok, you made homemade barbaque bricketts Perfect!

Ayasophya Alturas
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6 months ago

coal flavored. delicious.

CARMEN FLORES
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6 months ago

Get a cap.add these on..and you are a .Mouseketeer

Valerie Anne
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6 months ago

Do I see a future contestant on Nailed It?

Mike Rodrick
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6 months ago

Road apples!

Laura Primus
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6 months ago

Ummmmm......what were they?

Jaye Miller
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6 months ago

What were they supposed to be?

Dorothy Cloud
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6 months ago

Whoa! must have left the house while baking!

Gregg Bender
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6 months ago

I didn't know you made charcoal briquettes in the oven...

Dan Abramsky
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6 months ago

...i actually like mine a little burnt .... a little...

Lana Jig-maker
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6 months ago

Cajun cookies.

Joanne Hudson
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6 months ago

Well, they didn't spread all over.

Edie Hart
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6 months ago

I've heard that charcoal is an antidote to poison.

Wesley Montoya
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6 months ago

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pebs
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6 months ago

Perhaps.

Lauren Michlin
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6 months ago

They honestly look like the cookie parts of an oreo

Elizabeth Roethle Crawford
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6 months ago

Now you just drop that in the bbq add a bit of lighter fluid and cook your burgers

Heather Menard
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6 months ago

not while drinking wine lmao

Tiffany Meyer
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6 months ago

Goth cookies!

Aria
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6 months ago

It looks like huge heaps of charcoal powder

Lana Herauf
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6 months ago

great to save for bad kids stockings at Christmas!

Kjorn
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6 months ago

old roman coins?

Lennyn Arndt
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6 months ago

Seems a little...crispy. Well, I suppose if thats how people like them...

CincyReds
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6 months ago

Do you not have a timer?

Kelly Purcell
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6 months ago

I don't think I've ever seen any thing that perfectly burnt lol😭

Kitsune Chan
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6 months ago

It's coal! I mean, cool!

Joyce Deering
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6 months ago

* tossing Heidi an oven timer*

Patty Leaton
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6 months ago

black chocolate cookies

Phil DeBlanc
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6 months ago

I'm sure they'll be fine. Just scrape off the burnt part.

Johanne Trudeau
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6 months ago

Clearly this batch doesn't look like it, but try again it's not that difficult...

dancebe4thestorm
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6 months ago

add toothpaste and you have oreos

Carolyne Samm
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6 months ago

Hockey pucks. U go girl!

Donna McMahon
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6 months ago

You discovered the secret to charcoal! 🤝🤝🤝😲

Jeff Diamond
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6 months ago

Those cookies are so metal.

Lululoohoo
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6 months ago

Lol how long were these in the oven??!

Anna-Marie Buchner
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6 months ago

what were they supposed to be LOL

The Emerald Triangle
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6 months ago

Omg Santa must hate hitting your house at Christmas Eve.

Jonathan Armstrong
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6 months ago

Charecoal for the grill

Some Dude
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6 months ago

perhaps...

d bradley
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6 months ago

oh! i love asphalt chip cookies

Sue_Doe
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6 months ago

Save these for Christmas.

Trevor Berg
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6 months ago

Should help if anyone gets alcohol poisoning over the holidays

KCN
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6 months ago

Setting a timer might help....?

Karen Gavaletz
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6 months ago

Great if someone needs a stomach pumped.....

ispeak catanese
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6 months ago

You made yourself a set of coasters!

bdunbar@kcls.org
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6 months ago

So are they licorice cookies ???? Or interesting colored chocolate somethings??? ;-)

Steve Barker
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6 months ago

Licorice cookies?

Eva
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6 months ago

Oreos! Yummy!

CrunChewy McSandybutt
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6 months ago

Did she take a nap after putting them in the oven?

A Lazy Spider
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6 months ago

Hockey pucks!

savannah burrows
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6 months ago

I did this when I fell asleep baking once.... that's all it took for me to be banned from baking

desert29rat
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6 months ago

Are they licorice cookies?

Linda HS
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6 months ago

So this is how Oreo cookies are made!

Karen Dyer
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6 months ago

bake at 12 mins. usually not at 30 mins

Hermione Granger
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6 months ago

At least yours kept their shape!

Draco Malfoy
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6 months ago

lol

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Sawdust
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6 months ago

Quadruple Chocolate?

KLo
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6 months ago

Purple corn tortillas

Molly Block
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6 months ago

Damn. No words. Just damn.

Jackie Day
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6 months ago

🤣🤣🤣

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Lyop
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6 months ago

And that, my people, is a more expensive way of making activated charcoal!

Would You Like A Jelly Baby
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6 months ago

Goth cookies?

elia 84631
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6 months ago

Reminds me of old SpongeBob episode when Mr krabs cooked at Krusty Krab and the food turned burnt even the soda

rai mei
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6 months ago

did you put licorice?

Id row
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6 months ago

You can't leave them in the oven at 500 for 3 hours.

Susan Gee
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6 months ago

There is an off button on your oven. (Helpful hint.)

Lett uce
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6 months ago

Just throw at people if you see any outside your window, then they might learn to stay home!

Frozengeckolover
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6 months ago

Maybe set a timer next time?

weatherwitch
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6 months ago

What were they? 😂

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Miss Cris
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6 months ago

It looks delicious anyway

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Rissie
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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 months ago

It actually doesn't look too bad

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Nawal Wali
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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 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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6 months ago

Googly eyes would have helped along with a derpy smile.

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Collin Lyle
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6 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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6 months ago

Yummy. Pretzel rolls!!

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Miss Cris
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6 months 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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6 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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6 months ago

ummm.. too much heat?

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Adam C
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6 months ago (edited)

But why use a 30 year old dough?

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Oaklynn Emberly
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6 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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6 months ago

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

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