Chocolate Chip Hush Puppies
Posted by hsimpsongrossman on August 28, 2016
What can I tell you. These were one of the ugliest batch of baked goods that came from under my hands in a very long time. Possibly the ugliest.
I was looking forward to making these Chocolate Chip Hush Puppies, as I have neither baked anything new nor posted in my blog in a while. I’ve been taking this summer course, you see, which means I have had no Fridays this past summer and Fridays have always been my baking days. My plan was to prepare the baked version of these on Thursday afternoon for two reasons: so that my family can have them for breakfast on Friday and so that I can take pictures in the afternoon when there is ample natural light.
So I cleared a whole hour on Thursday afternoon, lightheartedly mixing the ingredients by hand, without even taking my mixer out. I scooped the batter into muffin tins, as I opted for the baked version, and sent them to the oven. When the timer beeped they looked the same as they had pre-baking, i.e., like shapeless lumps of unbaked batter. I left them in for an extra three minutes and then for two minutes more and took them out. They still looked like globs of dough and felt a bit dry. And they were not good looking, to say the least. I dared taste one and, surprisingly, liked it-it was still warm and I could feel the crunch of the corn meal in every bite. But I didn’t like the way they looked and couldn’t bring myself to take pictures of them.
Stubborn Mule tried one and said they were a bit over baked, but nice. The other kids walked by every few minutes and helped themselves to one and then another. They all loved them, but by that time there was no natural light left and I gave up on any pictures and, as a result, on posting these to my blog. I made the mistake of expressing my frustration in Better Half‘s presence, and he, my old time savior, immediately pulled the camera out and took a few pictures while making fun of my natural daylight principle.
As I left to school on Friday morning there were about 10 puppies left. When I came back home, four hours later, there were four. And they didn’t look so ugly anymore. They reminded me of Julie, our Pug- a bit crumple looking but so cute, and realized that they had served their purpose: celebrating Dog day. At that point I took the camera and photographed the scant surviving puppies, knowing I must write about them.
I made some of my usual changes to the original recipe: substituted whole wheat flour for the all-purpose one, Greek yogurt for the sour cream and a bit less sugar than the amount called for. And I swapped plain chocolate chips with peanut butter filled one which my friend Tammy sent me from NY.
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