Tuesday, December 29, 2009
I have heard so much good about How To Be a Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson. It's got gorgeous photos, Nigella is gorgeous and witty, and the recipes look delicious.
But. . .alas. The first recipe I tried out of the book was Christmas Morning Muffins (we're observing 12 days of Christmas around here, ok?). I followed the recipe carefully, only subbing 1/2 c. whole wheat pastry flour for some of the white flour and cutting the sugar back slightly.
But. . .yuck. They tasted like baking powder (THREE teaspoons!); they were hard and dry (probably the melted butter instead of oil that quick breads usually use); and despite what Nigella says, they are not loaded with dried cranberries at all. In fact, my toddler had a merry time dissecting his muffin to find the cranberries (I read the comics during this time).
My family ate them for breakfast anyway - I was the only irritated one. But I will try more recipes from Nigella; bagels are up next, I think.