Thursday, July 30, 2009

Big Frugal Failure

I like to get soft granola bars as an easy convenience snack for my toddler. It's a good item to have on hand for those last minute occasions when something pops up and there's no time to make a healthier snack, or when I need to take a snack on-the-go.

My daughter really likes the Kashi soft cereal bars, and I got the idea that I could make something similar using homemade pie crust wrapped around a homemade blueberry filling. How hard could it be, right??

I made a whole wheat pie crust and had the (not-so) bright idea to add some wheat germ plus a touch more butter than the recipe called for. I used some frozen blueberries, water & cornstarch to make a sugar-free filling.

The problem is that my pie crust was WAY too dry. It was crumbly and wouldn't roll out or fold without tearing. I tried patching the dough with water, but it was a mess.

So I wasted whole wheat pastry dough, a stick of butter and a cup of blueberries on my Oooops! recipe.

They are ugly and don't taste very good, but my husband and I will be eating them anyway so it won't be a total waste.

Still, I'm glad I tried and I'll definitely try again. But next time, I won't modify the crust recipe on the fly!

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Amy Lynne said...

I hate it when a recipe doesn't turn out! I bet you have better luck on your next try.

Mom2fur said...

Awww, it happens to all of us. But look at the bright side...if you'd never tried, how would you know it doesn't work?
I'm sure you can find tons of granola bar recipes on line that are easy. As for pie crust, don't ask me! For all I love to cook and have been doing it for almost 30 years of marriage, I can't make a pie crust!

ToyLady said...

I wonder if you could crumble up your bars and stir them into a hot cereal for breakfast or something?

I hate when something doesn't come together the way I'd planned, and I hate the waste even more!

It sounds like you've got a great start, though.

Lenetta @ Nettacow said...

Hate it when things don't turn out - but at least you tried!

Anonymous said...

Worst case, feed it to the dog, mine will eat anything.

Susan said...

LOL We don't have a dog... but I did feed it to my husband! haha

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