Thursday, July 10, 2008

Toaster Oven Baking & A Meme



The other day I wanted coffee cake or a muffin for breakfast. But that would mean turning on the oven. Darn this heat. I went into the kitchen to grab a water and then it hit me! The toaster oven! Could it work?

I used a Bisquick recipe. You know the ones on the back of box. And you know what? It worked! Instead of the 20 minutes it took 45 minutes but the cake was baked perfectly and tender.

Due to the heat I may have to pass on 2-3 of the Daring Bakers challenges. It's too expensive to throw out ingredients that don't do well in high temperatures. Unless Southern California cools down to unheard of temperatures or I get central air conditioning (neither of which will happen any time soon) I may have to take a pause on baking. On the bright side, I have been researching dessert recipes that do not require the oven. I have amassed a nice collection of cool desserts.

And now for the meme. A while back Katie of Apple & Spice tagged me for a 30 question meme. So here it goes....

24 comments:

dobetter said...

Oh the heat! It's no fun baking in the summer. Still, I love bisquick as a base for coffee cake. Cute meme.

Ivy said...

Your coffee cake looks great!
And, hey! I like egg over medium too. I feel like most people don;t even know it exists. :)

Kevin said...

I would not have thought to try baking a coffeecake in a toaster oven. It looks good!

eatme_delicious said...

Great meme! And great way to indulge in baking without overheating. :)

VeggieGirl said...

Fun recipe and fun meme :0)

Stef said...

I've baked in the steamer, the crockpot, the microwave, and on the grill, but I've haven't done the toaster oven yet. Glad to hear it works! Very cool!

Magnolia Wedding Planner said...

Gigi darling ! wonderful meme dear! I adore yankee vanilla cookies candles too :-D that's great! i have tons of them at home that smell is so relaxing :-)
Have a stunning day hun!
Silvia

Katie said...

Sorry to hear you are suffering in the heat, send some my way! The cake looks lovely studded with blueberries.
Thanks for doing the meme.

Peabody said...

Too bad I don't have a toaster oven...that would be much better than firing up the oven in yucky heat.
Chubby Hubby is one of my favorites as well...chocolate covered peanut butter filled pretzels in ice cream...what is not to love!

Carmen said...

HI!
your blog it's fantastic and fantastic recipes
compliments
bye

Mevrouw Cupcake said...

That's the best toaster oven cake, I've ever seen!

Grace said...

who knew toaster ovens were so handy? i'm sorry the heat is so miserable for you--hang in there!

meanwhile, it was great to learn a little bit more about you. turns out we have a lot in common! :)

Deborah said...

The only thing I've baked in my toaster oven is a cheese sandwich. I should try this out!

Half Baked said...

Baking and heat do not mix! Nice job using the toaster oven. That coffee cake sure looks good to me!

Hannah said...

I love baking in the toaster oven! It heats up quickly and doesn't make things too hot in the kitchen. Good luck battling the weather- I hope you can make the DB challenges work!

glamah16 said...

I like your choice of properties. Chicagos weather is all over the place. A lot of storms. I hear on you baking and wasting expensive desserts.

ovenhaven said...

Sorry to hear about the heat! I look forward to lovely mouthwatering desserts from you, then :P

And baking a coffecake in a toaster oven? Genius.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I thought only southerners used bisquick... now you know my secret.

And I know all of yours:-)

abigail barnes said...

i grew up in pasadena... im surprised you are using any kind of oven! do you have a bbq? im sure there is some kind of cake you can bake out there...

Janna said...

This looks great! We just moved and I found my long lost toaster oven. It has been in a box in the garage while we rented. Hurray!
I may have to try baking in it. It's hot here in Texas!

Indigo said...

Ohh, what would I give for a bit of your heat. And a bit of that cake. Anything, really. I'm awash with envy.

kamailesfood said...

I love my toaster oven. I've baked cookies in it, but no cake yet. How do you survive in Southern CA w/o A/C? Maybe I'm spoiled, but I think I would melt.

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Kristen said...

Very innovative thinking, Gigi! Looks delicious!