In my life, I’ve found that a lot of mistakes, or let’s call them odd choices, have seemed to be no-remedy horrible in immediacy but have then turned out to be altogether good in the end.
Case in point: obtaining a college degree in education, when I never intended on teaching, forced me afterwards to pursue writing with intensity, to freelance for tiny newspapers, to go back to school, to earn a master’s degree I never would’ve gone for if I hadn’t needed to.
The degree got me more opportunities than I’d have found with a bachelor’s in journalism; the opportunities, my current job; and, there you have it: in the end, an odd choice of major led me to do the very thing I love.
I’d like to think that same serendipity was at work when, baking Molly’s lemon sables last week, I confused ingredients, adding sugar, not flour, to a small bowl with baking powder, then partially adding that mixture to the butter, eggs and confectioner’s sugar.
I did realize this odd choice in time to remove most of the extra sugar, but not in time to avoid changing the entire recipe and to use up the then-1.5 cups of sugar/baking powder mix I was left with.
The sables survived, evolving into a lemony sugar cookie instead, which I brought to work the next day and saw disappear by the next night.
But the 1.5 cups of sugar/baking powder, however, I was stuck with. What does one do with a bowl of perfectly good sugar, mixed with a bit of baking powder?
I turned to Google. Did you know it will let you put in your ingredients and then show you what recipes will use them?
And that, friends, is the story of how I jiggered the following recipe, which would let me use the mixture, plus a box of peaches I already had and was happy to bake.
I call it the World’s Best Peach Cobbler as well as delicious.
About Shanna Mallon
Shanna has a Masters in Writing through Depaul University. Her mantra? Restoring order and celebrating beauty through creative content, photography and food. Shanna's work has been featured in Bon Appetit, The Kitchn, MSN.com, Everyday Health, Better Homes & Gardens, Houzz.com, Food News Journal, Food52, Zeit Magazine, Chew the World, Mom.me, Babble, Delish.com, Parade, Foodista, Entrepreneur and Ragan PR.