Look, ma, pumpkin cookies, er … bread! (And I survived!)

20 October 2008 at 4:08 pm (Crafted!) (, , )

Pumpkin-cookie wannabes

Pumpkin-cookie wannabes

Halloween is not a big thing here in Malaysia — I’m not sure anyone even takes note of it, really. But I’m happy that the Americans celebrate it, because all the pumpkin-related recipes sound so delightful. Caveat: I’m not a cooking-type person. My mum’s the default chef in the house, so I’m not usually motivated to cook anything. I’m vaguely intrigued by the whole process of making food from scratch, yes, but I’ve never really been a huge fan of slaving away in the kitchen. I did home economics back in secondary school, and I passed with flying colours for the final “big exam” (which included baking a cake), but that was pretty much it for my cooking career.

Recently, though, I came across this recipe for pumpkin cookies. It sounded so easy, I was absolutely, “Hey, I’m sure I can make that.” So I bought the ingredients, dug out my mum’s baking paraphernalia, and went to work.

Took me awhile to prepare things. I’m a wash-as-you-go type of person, so half the time was spent at the kitchen sink. I also have this tendency to wash my hands whenever anything gets on it (even flour), so I was washing my hands a lot.

Anyway, things were going rather well, I thought, till the last step. I started getting cold feet. Am I doing this right? Is the consistency supposed to be this thick? Why is my mixer smoking?

My mixer was smoking, and there was smell of burning. I turned off the switch in a panic. I let it sit for a while, pondering whether to try turning it on again or to go old-school and mix everything by hand. I decided to give it another go — and very slowly, switched it on again. It felt like every muscle in my body was waiting in anticipation, ready to switch off the thing (and run) if it exploded. It was still working, so I continued to use it, watching with hawk eyes for any further signs of smoke. There was none, thankfully.

Then I placed my cookies on a baking sheet, and stuck them in the oven. It was quite exciting watching them bake. It only took about 20 minutes for them to be ready. Nice and quick — just the way I like it.

But (and of course there’s a but), they didn’t turn out quite the way I thought they would. First off, they tasted more of cinnamon than of pumpkin. Secondly, they were sort of chewy and a little spongey. Almost bread-like. I don’t know what went wrong — I followed the recipe exactly! Okay, so I halved the sugar (I don’t like things too sweet), and I didn’t make glaze because I don’t like glaze the way I don’t like icing. But the rest I followed to the letter! So, what happened?

I may never find out. But you know, I had some fun making it. I should make only half a portion next time; no one likes to eat half-baked baked goods (ha ha).

If you want to try your hand at this, click here for the recipe. Have fun!

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