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miffy Nov 5, 2007 10:03 PM

I know this is probably a very dumb question - but I don't have a conventional oven but want to bake something-- does microwave bake cookies and stuff???

  1. lscheppke Nov 5, 2007 10:49 PM

    Don't bake in the microwave. Microwave ovens heat food by exciting water molecules. Baked goods (cookes, cakes, etcl) are not water-molecule rich, rather they are rich in lipids. I tried baking a cookie in the microwave many years ago because I was too lazy to turn the oven on- it broke the plate in two, and the smell lingered in the apartment for days... Have you thought of getting a toaster oven?

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      miffy Nov 7, 2007 06:17 PM

      hmmm.. toaster oven would be an idea! I am guessing it is just a smaller version of the big oven?? - ie it does the same job? (yes, in case you are wondering... I have used toaster oven before- never baked anything in there)

    2. paulj Nov 5, 2007 11:32 PM

      Things like cakes do cook in the microwave, but they don't brown. Not too long ago I made a pretty good 'steamed' pudding (English style) in my microwave. I found instructions on the web.
      paulj

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        miffy Nov 7, 2007 06:19 PM

        OK I will search under "steamed pudding" ~

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          paulj Nov 7, 2007 06:59 PM

          Here's an example
          http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Microwave-Sponge-Pudding/Detail.aspx

          and an article by Barbara Kafka. Her 1987 Microwave Gourmet is still one of the best guides to what can and cannot be done well in a microwave.
          http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage...

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            miffy Nov 11, 2007 09:04 PM

            WOW! Thank you for the expert advise paulj~!

      2. coll Nov 6, 2007 03:35 AM

        I used to have a convection microwave that baked very nicely, I'm sorry I left it behind when I moved. If you have one of those, you're lucky.

        1. danhole Nov 6, 2007 06:09 AM

          I have a very old Tappan Microwave cookbook that has recipes for cookies, cakes, and canides in it. I tried a couple way back when, but you really need to watch them carefully. I'm sure if you google it you can find some. I use the micro for making haystacks, and chocolate covered pretzels, but use my oven for the other stuff, but if I didn't have an oven I'd be looking also!

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            miffy Nov 7, 2007 06:20 PM

            SO I would be searching under Tappan Microwave??

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              danhole Nov 8, 2007 07:58 AM

              Tappan is the brand of microwave I had. The cookbook came with it. I looked and Tappan doesn't make microwaves anymore, but if you google "Tappan Microwave Cooking Guide", you will see it on ebay, and other places. It has a lot of really good recipes, but now the cook book is considered an antique! Shows my age, huh? LOL!

              One more thing - I have a corning ware microwave browning dish. I don't know if they are still available, but when I had a very small kitchen and a tiny oven this worked well for certain dishes. This will date me also! If you google that you will see recipes for it as well.

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                miffy Nov 11, 2007 09:06 PM

                They must still have them! It sounds useful that they should not get rid of it~ I was actually looking to bake cookies first - but now I am getting so much more info

          2. digkv Nov 7, 2007 09:00 PM

            If you don't mind boxed cake mixes and jarred frosting this is a "recipe" my US history teacher taught me (the only think I learned from her.) Prepare a box of devil's food cake to package direction and pour into a microwave safe dish that can hold about 1.5x the cake mix (I use a large souffle dish). Take a regular jar of chocolate frosting and dump the stuff out on top of the prepared cake mix. Microwave high for about 10-15 minutes (it may overflow thus, put it a large dish) and then set it out at room temp for 2-3 hours. Invert it onto a serving platter and you get this cake that surrounded in a rich chocolate sauce. It's super sweet and rich but it's easy as heck and something you can make at a potluck for people you don't really care about so your reputation won't be tarnished (but it ain't that bad, it's just not chowish by any means.)

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              miffy Nov 11, 2007 09:07 PM

              thanks digkv-- I am not an cooking expert but I have done that one before- it does come out great! I love it too

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