Alright kids, I seriously don't know what went wrong. The picture looked so promising:
But the result was so bad:
That one little slice was the only thing eaten by a group of about 8 people. Truth be told, I didn't even want to offer it to them, but they insisted. No one ate more than a crumb, really. I am in no way knocking the recipe at all; it's from one of my favorite food blogs and I trust her entirely. I took a few liberties--none of which seemed immoderate at the time--and the result was bad. You win some, you loose some. This one lost.
If there's anything I've learned from cooking, it's simply to take failures in stride. They happen sometimes, and you just have to live with it. When dessert fails (as it has with me several times: this oh-so-appealing-in-the-picture clementine cake, the cantelope gelato--it was so good in Italy, but so bad here--and others), but whip up something else. If the vegetable ends up gross, just leave it out. Sometimes things are bad, and your guests deserve better than that.