Do you find yourself often burning what you’re trying to cook?
Turning cookies into hockey pucks?
Producing blackened char instead of tender vegetables?
Rendering chicken inedible leather?
Don’t worry! You’re not alone. Every single cook who has ever turned on an oven has burnt something. Or two or three things. We have ALL been there!
My mama used to call burnt biscuits “Ellie Mae” Biscuits. I think Ellie Mae referred to an incompetent housemaid from another lifetime. I’m not sure exactly.
I still produce Ellie Mae Biscuits from time to time, but the frequency has gone down dramatically ever since I started following a simple rule.
I always set the oven timer for 5-8 minutes less than the lowest time on the recipe. You see, ovens vary drastically in their effectiveness and heat distribution. What Betty Blogger may have baked her cookies for might turn yours into blackened bits.Love this quick cooking tip: Set your timer 5-8 minutes less than the cook time & never burn food again! … Click To Tweet
So, always aim to check your baking progress a few minutes before the prescribed time and you might find they are just about perfect.
Maybe one day we’ll all be perfect bakers, never lose track of time (because we’re binge watching Netflix), and always make perfect goodies. But for today, try this simple cooking tip to keep your next batch from being Elle Mae’s.
Whats your worst burnt food story? Did you make “Ellie Mae” biscuits when the in-laws were on the way? Was your party for 30 met by burnt cookies?