Sometimes You Fail.

Thursday, June 06, 2013


Remember when I first tried to make a nut butter? It took 5 minutes for me to whip up a batch of Honey Roasted Peanut Butter that was everything a peanut butter lover could hope for. I guess you could say I've been fairly lucky with my little baking experiences. So, after reading countless blog posts about how I should stop paying $5 for almond butter and make it myself, I figured, why not?


'All you do is put the almonds in a food processor and grind, grind, grind!' they said. 'It will be so easy and SO money saving,' they said. I figured I had another winner on my hands. Apparently most bloggers failed to mention that the grinding of these almonds can take up to 20 minutes before the almonds magically become almond butter.


Sadly, I found out the 20 minute part the hard way. After 10 minutes, I just had almond chunks. My brother had closed 3 doors between him and the incessant food processor, and my cats were no were to be found.


After 15 minutes, I just had finely ground almond chunks. If I had known better, I would've stuck it out the remaining 5 minutes to get almond butter, but I'd had enough. I put my little almond chunks in a bag to top my smoothies and oatmeal with. Seriously. One can only listen to the food processor for so many minutes before going crazy.

At first I was really annoyed that my almond butter didn't work out. That lasted for about 5 minutes until my brother came in and heard my sad tale. He started laughing, I started laughing, and neither one of us could stop.


The point of this sad tale was not to discourage you from making almond butter. Oh no, I will be back and ready for that challenge with a stronger food processor and way more patience. The moral of this tale is sometimes you fail and that's okay. Usually people don't blog the failures, but I think this one was pretty hilarious. So, for now I'll stick to the homemade peanut butter, but be warned almond butter, I'm coming back with vengeance.

Have you ever had a baking failure?
Did you try again?


Now, after writing about my little fail, it's time to watch a happy video. Will Smith and his son singing the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song makes me happy, so here it is.



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  1. Oh no! But it happens :P Once I made banana bread and put waaaaaay too much vanilla extract in it, so the bread tasted like alcohol. :O

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    1. HAHA! That just made me feel so much better Courtney. I wasn't going to write a 'Fail Post', but I just had to share how funny my experience was! Alcohol bread? Hilarious!

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  2. See...this is the reason why I haven't tried making almond butter! lol. At least you can laugh about it, right? Maybe it'll work next time! :-)

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    1. If I had known it would take 20+ minutes, I would've stuck with peanut butter! It's a funny story to tell and remember now that the food processor buzzing isn't still in my ears! One day I'll try again. Not sure when that one day will come, but it'll happen :)

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  3. I love this post! I have cooking fails and always enjoying laughing at them. Life's too short, right? Also, my tip- I have an extremely old food processor that literally starts to overheat after a certain point so I've learned tricks. When I made almond butter, I added coconut oil. Also, I grinded the nuts up slowly in batches. It was hard though. I'm with you- stick with the pb :D

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    1. Aw thanks Alex! I figured it would be interesting to see that not all of my cooking projects turn out well! I never thought of adding oil. Now that I think of it, it seems to make sense! Throwing a ton of almonds into an old food processor and hoping for the best was probably a weak moment for me lol!

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  4. Oh my goodness I can so relate! I have a pair of headphones reserved for making nut butter lol.
    I gave up making my own until I get a better food processor. Love the looks of your PB though!

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    1. Sunnie you are a genius! Headphones may be the perfect addition to my baking experiment! I seriously would've never thought of using a pair!

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  5. Were the almonds roasted or raw? And you definitely need to use a powerful food processor for that!

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    1. Mine were raw! According to a tutorial I found online you need to run the almonds about 20 minutes in a super powerful processor. Woops!

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  6. Oh yum to that honey roasted PB!! I've never made almond butter, but I would have been frustrated not knowing it takes that long too! HA! I had a baking FAIL last month and tried to make some black bean cupcakes. The top caved in and I had to make an entire new batch. Then my frosting came out too thick..so I had to try that again. THEN the second batch of frosting was DISGUSTING so finally I stuck to something I knew and made a basic chocolate frosting. I was in the kitchen for HOURS! I wanted to quit, but they were for a friend so I HAD to keep baking.

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    1. I was driving home from my mini vacation, and my mom and I were laughing out loud at this comment. I guess I had a genuine lol moment! Baking and experimenting can be so much fun, but other times I'm all for quitting! Black bean cupcakes sound really interesting though! Did they ever work out? Those sound divine!

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