We all have those little recipe fails – the cakes that sink in the middle and sauces that split, and I’m guessing most of us don’t blog about those little mishaps! But, how many times DO you test your recipes before you put them up on your blog and how many times SHOULD you test them?
I was recently chatting with someone who told me that they would never use a recipe from a blog as it is very unlikely to work out! After I’d picked up my jaw from the ground, I questioned her a little further. She feels that recipes from books will have been tested several times by several different people and tweaked until they are certain that they will work every time. She said bloggers will just make it once and write it up whether it works well or not. An interesting view!
I don’t know about you, but I have tried several recipes from books that haven’t worked out at all. In fact there is one rather well known baking book that I don’t rate at all because pretty much every recipe I have tried so far has been a flop!
But, perhaps she has a point. I have written a book myself and the recipes in there were tested several times by myself and others, and far more than some of the recipes on my personal blog. But on the flip side, I would never blog something that hadn’t worked for me and I didn’t feel would work out just as well for others. Recipe blogging can be a minefield because everyone’s oven is different, people use different ingredients, some people’s scales are more accurate than others, and so on…
There are many bloggers who have gone on to write books after their blogs have become very successful. Surely this is an indicator that the recipes UK food bloggers are coming up with are good quality and can be trusted?
So, how often do you test your recipes? Do you feel confident if someone follows your recipe that it will turn out well? And are recipes from books more likely to work than blog recipes?