I’ve written before about my inability to Pinterest – yes it’s a verb!
I bloody love that app, it’s so addictive- any vague thing I have an idea about, I can instantly obtain a far better one with the swipe of a finger. I don’t even have to try and be creative I just tap away and steal someone else’s idea. Fucking fabulous right? Trouble is I’m shit at it. Really shit. I do not have the talent, the patience or the utensils required to create anything remotely close to the gorgeous images I see on my screen. However, I will not be beaten. Pinterest will not beat me. I can tweet, I can instagram, I can fucking facebook my ass off and I will Pinterest if it kills me.
So I have set myself a challenge, to attempt one or two Pinterest Ideas each month. You need to keep an eye on these posts because one of two things are going happen. Either I am going to create fantastic dinners, cakes and crafts, which you will marvel at and be falling over yourself to get home and try. Or I am going to fuck this up so bad, there will be fires and hissy fits that will make you piss yourself laughing. Either way, you as the reader win. Me (and my poor family) will probably not win, we will probably get food poisoning and a divorce but hey life’s all about the experiences right?
To ease me in gently I’m going to go with cooking rather than crafting to start. Whilst I am quite good at cooking dinners, stews, curries, stir frys etc I am not very good when it comes to sweets and desserts. I just don’t seem to have the patience.
So drum roll please….. here’s my first challenge.
Lemon-Cream Cheese Crescent Ring
I’ve picked this because, well I’d like to eat it. It looks yummy right?
1 package (3 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ Crescent Recipe Creations™ refrigerated seamless dough sheet or 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 to 3 teaspoons milk
You can find the original recipe here.
And so, here begins the first problem…
The site says ‘see here for full instructions’ – I click the link and its broken, sends me to some weird info site.
But I will not be beaten, I will not be deterred! They’ve given me the method in the pictures pretty much – right? Just slap that cream cheese all over, roll it up and cut it up a bit. Job done.
How long does it go in the oven for? Who the fuck knows – lets find out!
I also assume this is an American recipe because I’ve never heard of Pillsbury canned dough – I’m subbing it for supermarket Puff Pastry, that’s the same right?
The ingredients by the way I got from Aldi and it all cost me £2.67, and of course I didn’t use most of the sugars so its probably more like £2 cost to make.
Cut into eight pieces, I think its more in the original picture? The mixture started to drip out all over the place at this point so I had to be quick. I made it too runny – too much lemon juice I think, I didn’t measure out a table spoon like it says I just squeezed half a lemon a few times into the jug.
I then arranged the pieces in a greased cake tin (pop out bottom one). I don’t know if that was the right idea but its what I had so on we went. Then the tricky oven issue, I went with Gas Mark 6 on the top shelf. It was in there for half of an hour, maybe because I made the pieces a bit too thick?
It was a bit of a bitch to get out of the pan, probably should have used grease proof paper instead of being lazy! Waited for another half hour for it to cool, by this time it was gone 8 oclock and I was also trying to cook dinner at the same time. So I just hurriedly chucked some icing all over it and TAA-DAA!!
To quote my husband (who returned home late from work) “what the fuck is that?”
Doesn’t look too appetising does it? Its ok you can be honest, I’ll be ok. My presentation is not my strong point! Remember its supposed to turn out like this – haha!
But I have to say it tasted very nice, really nice in fact. All that was missing was some cold custard and it would have been perfect.
Ok so how did I stack up against pinterest?
Time To Complete: 1.5 hours (not continuous cooking – mostly just waiting around)
Stress Level: 0 – no big issues, pretty straight forward even without instructions
I think Pinterest wins this one, but not by much. Although mine looks quite crappy I am pleased with my efforts. Not a bad start.