Don't let your eyes deceive you. This is just an example of how good failure can look. Last Saturday, I woke up in a baking mood and decided to give the 'strawberry, ginger and poppy seed scones' from the The Violet Bakery Cookbook a go.
The recipe calls for crystallised ginger but I didn't have any. Feeling a bit adventurous, I decided to replace it for nectarines. Such a genius, duh! Well...the fact is I wouldn't even dare to call the result a scone. It was more of a cakey cookie, very moist but lacking the typical crispiness scones have. They are edible, for sure, but out of respect for the original recipe I won't write down mine here.
Next time, I will go for dried apricots instead of nectarines and I will also add a pinch of salt to make up for that extra spiciness that ginger naturally has.
The silver lining to this story is that it forced me to think, to reflect about the flaws and to find ways to make the recipe better. Cooking, tasting, learning and improving. That's what everything is about, right?