In this go-go, high-intensity, succeed-at-all costs world, mistakes can be frowned upon. Mistakes are bad, right? The stigma of failures is something to be avoided, right?
Sometimes, mistakes can be our best friend.
They were a mistake.
Yes, its true.
The iconic French dessert, Tart Tatin, was the result of a nun stumbling, and dumping the apple pie she was serving her Mother Superior. Clearly a savvy thinker, she quickly scooped up the pastry and plopped it onto a platter and served it. If she were alive today, she'd be making a 6-figure salary as a Marketing Executive.
This week, I made a mistake at work. Prepping a recipe for "Molasses Wafers", panning and baking them, I thought I had a winner. Once I opened the oven doors, I realized all I had was a mess.
Instead of shrieking and dumping the huge steaming pancake into the nearest compost bin, I calmly set the hot sheet tray on my bench and glared at it.
"You do know," I said, "you're not going to beat me." As if the molten contents of the pan would have anything to say.
I continued to stare at the wreckage, mentally assessing which ingredient adjustments would work best to combat the direction in which the current batch wished to go. I made sure to note the changes, and would love for you to give this delicious, comforting dessert a try!
Mistakes are part of life. Difficulty, tragedy, and upheaval are woven into the fabric of our collective human experience. What may seem trivial to one, is gut-wrenching to another. We're all in this together as brothers and sisters of this beautiful, miraculous ship we call Earth. Comfort each other, no matter the mistake, stumble or adversity. You'd be surprised how much power a little brownie has to offer.
4 sticks butter, melted and cooled
1 1/2 T. ginger
3 c. white sugar
3/4- 1 c. molasses
6 eggs, beaten
7 c. flour (gluten-free Cup 4 Cup can be substituted)
1 tsp salt
2 T. Baking soda
1 T. cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350. Mix together the butter, ginger, sugar, molasses and eggs. Mix well. Add the flour, salt, soda and cinnamon. You will probably need an electric mixer for this. Spray a medium sized sheet pan with pan spray and spread until flat. You may need to use your hands for this, the dough will be stiff and sticky. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until golden and set. Enjoy!