Let’s do a time warp back to Saturday morning of the August long weekend...
It was a grey, windy, cool, fall-like day; 16 degrees and rainy. A typical 2017 summer day. Our day here began at 3am. Let me just say, at 3am I will rise but I refuse to shine. We had a full morning ahead of us and it began with yours truly putting together lemon squares and then popping them into the oven to bake.
Have you ever overbaked something?
Have you ever burnt something in the oven?
Have you ever set something on fire in your oven?
We have… now.
After a few minutes I noticed the oven wasn’t at the right temperature. Oops. So I adjusted it and by adjusted it I mean turned it up.
Here’s a fun fact!
Did you know that when you raise the oven temperature the broil element comes on? Indeedy, it does. Did you also know that if you have something on the top rack it will scorch it? Indeedy, it does. And did you know that sugar is flammable?
We do now!
Let me set the scene – settle in, I’m going to take the scenic route…
Have you ever been the first one up on a summer morning. Stepped outside with your coffee and just stared at the sky, the lake, the dew kissed grass and felt an overwhelming oneness with the universe; with nature?
It’s so serene; it's mesmerizing.
That was Bill and I, pre coffee, standing in front of the oven watching those beautiful orange flames.
“That looks like it’s on fire,” I said.
“It sure does,” Bill replied.
And still we basked in the beauty for another moment before I said; “Oh crap, that’s on fire!”
Bill grabbed the oven gloves and tossed the flaming, charred, destroyed lemon square into the sink, doused it with water and tossed it into the garbage bin.
Now, I’m sorry I don’t have a picture for this post. The phone was in the house at the time and I didn’t think to go get it because THERE WAS A FIRE IN OUR OVEN!!!
Needless to say we were wide awake after that and did manage to have lemon squares that day… although we were short a tray.
Anyhoo, as they say; one person’s burnt lemon square is another person’s lesson not to raise oven temperature with something on the top rack.
It is so a real saying.
Have a fantabulous evening!