Let's hold all those lovely examples in mind, but also acknowledge that sometimes things aren't so successful. I have been sitting on this sad tale for a year now, all the while hoping to rescue the failure with a re-run that actually turned out to be edible.
I've decided it isn't going to happen. I'm sharing the sad tale now.
The failure in question, as this post title will have highlighted, involved cauliflower. Inspired by Chocolate Covered Katie's chocolate cauliflower cake, I thought I would make chocolate cauliflower fudge. My ingredient list included cauliflower, soaked cashews, agave, stevia, vanilla, cocoa, oats and coconut. It also included mint - fresh mint - because I thought I'd make my fudge mint flavoured.
The result actually looked pretty wonderful. I had such high hopes.
I'm sure you'll all agree that appearances can, at times, be deceiving. This was one such example. It was revolting.
My love of mint has now taken a beating that it may not recover from, and I am so wary of cauliflower that I'm surprised I can bear to have it in my kitchen at all.
(Those recent failed cauliflower crackers? Quite traumatic.)
This fudge tasted of cauliflower. No one wants that when they're expecting chocolate. It also tasted overpoweringly of mint, and somehow also of the stevia. It was all very, very wrong.
I had planned to try again, because I think there are some obvious flaws in what I did last time. First, I used half a head of cauliflower. In Katie's chocolate cake, there were 2 loosely packed cups of cauliflower florets, which would probably be closer to a quarter of a cauliflower. Second, I used 8 mint leaves. Too many! Third, I froze my fudge. I don't think cauliflower likes being frozen.
As it turns out, though, I'm not game to try again. I think some vegetables are best kept for savoury. With that said, I would love to hear from anyone else who has used cauliflower in desserts successfully. I'm sure it must be possible, just not the way I tried it!
What is your biggest recipe failure from the last year? I really think this one is mine!