Tuesday, October 9, 2012

new series: recipe showdown

There is nothing worse than a bad recipe.  Not only is it an overall disappointment, but also a waste of time and ingredients.
Thousands of people claim to have the "best ever banana bread recipe" or the "best blueberry muffins ever"... but which is really the best? 
Is it the one on All Recipes with thousands of five-star ratings?  Is it the one derived by a famous Food Network Star?  Is it the one clipped from the back of an old church cookbook? Is it the one your next door neighbor made up?
I am setting out to find out which are the best of the best.

Here is how it's going to work:
  1. I am going to pick three highly-rated recipes.
  2. I am going to bake a half-batch of each recipe. 
  3. I am going to do a blind taste test on my mom, my dad, my friends, and anyone else who looks like they want to try a baked good. 
  4. I am going to take detailed notes during each taste test. 
  5. (Hopefully) the results will come to a common consensus.
  6. I will do a blog post including: links to the recipes that I tried, notes on each of the recipes, photographs and the full recipe for the overall winner. 
And now for the twist...
You can challenge me to a "recipe showdown." Let's say that I claim to have made the best coffee cake in town, but you know that your grandma's recipe is far better.
  1. E-mail me your recipe
  2. I will make it alongside the previous "winner" and we will see which ranks supreme in the taste tests.
It's kind of like Bobby Flay's Show.

I hope this new series will help you all narrow down the recipes that are really worth your time. The first showdown is going to be chocolate chip cookies.  I am putting America's Test Kitchen's Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies against Jacques Torres's Secret Chocolate Chip Cookies.
May the best cookie win.

With love,
Erica


18 comments:

  1. I absolutely love this creative new series! Can't wait to see which chocolate-chip cookie wins... I haven't yet given either recipe you mentioned a try.

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    1. Thank you so much! I am in the process of writing the post -- it will be up very soon!

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  2. This is such a *great* idea, and I'm so excited that you're doing it! The thought had occurred to me to try something similar--high-anticipation flops really are the worst. Would you consider tag-teaming to get some more perspectives, come up with recipe lists, or tackle more recipes? (I've always wanted to kick-start a best-test project, but the project went the same way as, I assume, Winnie-the-Pooh does during wintertime...hibernation.) If not, though, no worries!

    What sweet treat are you planning on starting with?

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    1. Thank you so much! I would love to! I am starting with two of the most famous chocolate chip cookie recipes out there: Jacques Torres Secret Chocolate Chip Cookie and Americas Test Kitchen's recipes. It would be so cool if you could make them both as well and see if we come to the same consensus!

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    1. Thank you for the support! I am so excited about my new project!

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  4. This sounds like fun ^_^! Can't wait to hear the results.

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    1. Thank you for the support! I am so excited about my new project!

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  5. I am looking forward to your first test results!!!!! How about testing bread puddings? Or cinnamon rolls? The possibilities are endless. What a great and fun concept....I will be following each day, for sure :)

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    1. good idea! cinnamon rolls are next on the agenda!

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  6. The suspense! I wish I was on the taste testing panel.

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    1. Thank you Edgar! The post will (should) be done by tomorrow! It would be awesome if you could try the recipes out as well and give me your thoughts and feedback -- I am trying to make this experiment as scientific as possible! I can use all the data I can get!

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  7. Brilliant idea Erica! It's always a tricky to choose a recipe, especially if five of them say they are the "best".

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    1. Thank you so much! I have two more "recipe showdowns" that I am currently working on!

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  8. Didn't get a chance to turn on the oven at all, but beware--I may be randomly jumping in during some future round of this! ;) (and for some reason, the comments won't let me reply directly to your comment. boo.)

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    1. Aw that's strange, I will look into that, but I would love for you to jump in! The more the merrier!

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  9. I just wanted to let you know that I love your blog, its so cute and you have some great creative and delicious recipes! I'm a high school baker too and I'm trying to start my own blog. We'll see how it goes!

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    1. Thank you so much! I love to meet other highschoolers who are interested in baking. If you would like, feel free to shoot me an email anytime :)

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