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Nov 5, 2007 10:03 PM

does microwave oven bake??

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???

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    1. 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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      1. re: lscheppke

        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. 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.

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        1. re: paulj

          OK I will search under "steamed pudding" ~

          1. re: miffy

            Here's an example

            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.

            1. re: paulj

              WOW! Thank you for the expert advise paulj~!

        2. 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. 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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            1. re: danhole

              SO I would be searching under Tappan Microwave??

              1. re: miffy

                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.

                1. re: danhole

                  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