Putting “Tasty” to the Test
Tasty videos are ubiquitous. They grace everyone’s Facebook news feeds and are simultaneously relaxing, satisfying and addictive to watch. Buzzfeed introduced its Tasty line of cooking videos in July 2015, and its success has been stratospheric ever since. In just over two years, it has become one of the largest content providers on the Internet, and its monthly viewership is in the billions. Riverdale students are certainly well represented in these staggering numbers, as many members of the community enjoy watching these videos.
I decided to put Tasty to the test to see if their recipes yielded tasty results. I enjoy watching dessert videos most, so I selected two Thanksgiving dessert recipes to make. I made mini pecan tarts and apple pie bread pudding because they both looked good and seemed fairly simple to make. I am a novice baker, so easy was important and quick was a bonus.
The first recipe that I used was for the mini pecan tarts. I noticed three major discrepancies between the video and the ingredient list, which could have spelled disaster. I realized what they were and adjusted the recipe accordingly, hoping that I made the corrections accurately. Overall, the tarts came out fairly well, and everyone in my household was happy to indulge in them, so I would say that it was a success.
½ cup sugar, 1 stick of unsalted butter divided into 2 ½ tbsp and 5 ½ tbsp portions,
¾ chopped pecans, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 3 oz cream cheese, 1 cup all purpose flour,
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Use a hand mixer to fully blend 2 ½ tbsp unsalted butter with ½ cup sugar
Mix in ¾ cup chopped pecans and 1 tsp vanilla
Use mixer to blend cream cheese and 5 ½ tbsp. butter
Add flour and continue mixing
Use hands to knead the dough and divide the dough into 18 pieces
Roll pieces into individual balls and then press and shape into a mini muffin pan
Fill tarts with filling and bake for 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes.
The second recipe that I used was for the apple pie bread pudding. The recipe and the ingredient list were identical, so I had no concerns about errors. This one came out especially well and is definitely worth making again, but the key to the success of this recipe was the scoop of vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce that gets added to the pie before eating. I am happy that I put Tasty to the test, but I realize that I prefer watching the videos to actually making the recipes. I think that I will take a hiatus from cooking, but will definitely continue watching.
3 eggs, ½ cup milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tbsp cinnamon, 3 granny smith apples, peeled & chopped, 1 cup brown sugar, 3 tbsp cornstarch
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Cut the bread into ½ inch cubes. In a large bowl, mix together eggs, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon
Add the bread to the above mixture and fully coat it
Spread the bread mixture into a 9 inch round pan
Combine the apples, brown sugar, and cornstarch until the apples are fully coated
Spread the apples on top of the bread mixture and bake for 40 minutes
Let cool, slice, and then serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce.
Check out the videos on Tasty and happy baking!