I was flipping through a baking magazine put out by Betty Crocker. A recipe for Cinnamon Espresso Bars caught my eye, and I knew I had to make. Would this be my birthday treat?
No, of course not. It sounds delicious, and it looked really good in the magazine. But I was disappointed with the recipe.
Problem One: It didn’t rise like it did in the picture. In fact, it barely rose at all. I know it’s not the baking powder or the baking soda. Actually, I think it’s the pan the recipe called for. A 9×13 pan did seem a little big when I made it, and I spent some time making sure the batter wasn’t too thin. An 8×8 pan might be a little small, but if you pour the batter in 2 of them, it might work. Is there a pan size that’s in between? Because that size pan would probably work.
Problem Two: The glaze tasted good, but unfortunately didn’t come out as good as I expected. There was a lot of flour and some cinnamon, but very little liquid. I generally don’t make glazes, so I’m not sure about the dry ingredient to liquid ingredient ratio. But it seemed off, so I added waaaaay too much liquid, and then the glaze was all runny.
I’m disappointed, because it’s Betty Crocker, and I expected a better recipe from something with the Betty Crocker label slapped on. I’m wondering whether they tested the recipe…
I’m sure it tastes fine, but since I haven’t tried it, I can’t say for sure. But it did smell good, and the batter tasted pretty good. I just think they messed on the pan size. Maybe the amount of ingredients should be adjusted? I honestly have no idea. I think I’ll try a few other things in the magazine before I really make up my mind. It would be really silly to make a decision after 2 recipes.
Hopefully I’ll have some better luck this weekend with the baking.