On Monday I bought more schnitzel. Tuesday after supper I poured the oil into the pan and waited. It didn't seem to be heating up as fast so I waited longer -- too long. by the time I put the schnitzel in, it burned to a crisp within two minutes. By now, I was really frustrated! But Jacqueline had her heart set on schnitzel. So, back to Zehrs I went for a third purchase at the butcher shop. Luckily, three porkloin pieces only cost $5.97. I figured that the only thing I did wrong was the oil. So, I only waited a minute and a half for the oil to preheat. In went the schnitzel. Seven minutes later, it came out perfect!
On to the dessert. I baked 24 tart shells for 10 minutes. They came out looking just right. Then Jacqueline and I mixed the filling. I made sure I didn't add raisins because most kids don't like them. I didn't add nuts because some kids are allergic to them. I ladled the filling into the shells. Into the oven they went for 10 minutes. The recipe said bake them at 450F. I thought that was too high. So, I put them on 425F. The microwave was going at the same time. I smelled something burning and I thought it was the microwave food, but it was the butter tarts! Beep! Beep! went the smoke alarm. I removed the smoking tarts from the oven, frustrated once again. AT least they were salvageable, though, unlike the second batch of schnitzel.
The class loved the schnitzel; every piece was eaten. And Jacqueline's teacher loved the butter tarts; he said he doesn't like them underdone. So, it worked out in the end. Now, I'm ready for the next time...if there is one.
Note: For a good schnitzel recipe, visit http://www.daringgourmet.com/2014/03/12/traditional-german-pork-schnitzel/.