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What recipe/method/ process has irked you the most? [moved from General Topics]

Candy | Oct 9, 2006 12:34 AM

I have made many difficult things, some when I was too naive to know that they were supposed to be difficult or tricky. All sorts of charcuterie and pastry but being assingned to make orange cream filled napoleans with stacks of phyllo which did not want to stick together and then having to candy cranberies as a garnish really sticks out in my mind. If the gourmet club member had said to make them using puff pastry I would have happily made my own but the real fiddly kicker was candying those cranberries which wanted to explode when coated with the caramel and of course it needed to be fairly warm or it would not coat, I tried letting it cool a bit and it did not want to adhere, no clues in the recipe. Aaarrrgh! It has been years but every time I see a cranberry recipe I remember the wilting and exploding cranberries. I finally got enough to use but in all it was a highly thankless task.

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