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My oven is broken-- what can I "bake" for a work luncheon?

i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Apr 29, 2009 01:29 PM

Hi everyone!
My oven is not working (hopefully will be fixed soon, but not before the party!) and I'm looking to take on the challenge of making dessert without it. What treat can I make without the use of an oven for a work party honoring someone special? No Jello or anything like that.
Any ideas would be much appreciated. :) If I can't figure it out, I'll buy something, but I thought I'd see if anyone had any ideas!

ETA: Stovetop is working.

  1. Full tummy Apr 30, 2009 01:36 AM

    Trifle!!! All you need is some ladyfingers, whipping cream, canned custard (or make your own), some berries, and a few other simple ingredients. It will look and taste divine!!!

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      AngelSanctuary Apr 29, 2009 10:01 PM

      ...you mentioning Jello just gave me a craving (._.')

      Um...tiramisu? A lot of people I know seems to be very impressed with them...and they take very little work to make.

      1. i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Apr 29, 2009 06:24 PM

        Wow, so many great ideas! I love the chocolate dipped strawberry idea,, and the cream pie idea, and the pudding idea. It's a potluck type thing for about 20. I am definitely going to go with one of these ideas-- I will post back with what I end up doing! Thanks! I love Chowhound! :)

        1. TIRGL Apr 29, 2009 06:01 PM

          I was visiting my mother once and her oven was broken. I made cakes and pies for her in a little electric toaster oven. You don't need a big oven.

          1. k
            karykat Apr 29, 2009 05:36 PM

            panna cotta -- depending on how many people you have to serve.

            (Not sure what you mean by "no jello." A panna cotta does use unflavored gelatin.)

            Can serve with fruit or a nice sauce.

            1. g
              gourmet wife Apr 29, 2009 04:09 PM

              Banana bread in the rice cooker is very popular right now. I've tasted it when one of my friends made it and it was very moist. If she didn't say anything, I would of never guessed it was made in the rice cooker.

              1. purple goddess Apr 29, 2009 03:59 PM

                toblerone marshmellow dip with fruit spears.

                chai and ginger cheesecake.

                If tou have a non-stick deep dish pan, you could make a sweet "pizza"

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                1. re: purple goddess
                  i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Apr 29, 2009 06:26 PM

                  How do you make the toblerone marshmallow dip? That sounds sinfully good.

                2. Boccone Dolce Apr 29, 2009 03:50 PM

                  Do you have a crock pot? I've heard stories of people baking cakes in crock pots... Never tried it.
                  I think you need ipsidex's ice cream-n-pop-tart recipe. That seems pretty special!!

                  p.s.
                  I'd go for my microwave peanut brittle- dipped in melted chocolate. People will dance around you throwing rose petals when you give them this stuff...

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                  1. re: Boccone Dolce
                    i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Apr 29, 2009 06:25 PM

                    Recipe please for that brittle? Sounds delicious!!! :)

                    1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream
                      Boccone Dolce May 5, 2009 03:46 AM

                      Sorry I'm late to reply (insert lame excuse here) I hope I didn't miss the party!

                      Ok here we go-Get everything ready before hand because the recipe goes FAST!

                      Microwave Peanut Brittle
                      1 C Sugar
                      1/2 C Corn Syrup
                      1.5 C roasted peanuts (you can actually use any type of nut)
                      1 tsp Butter
                      1 tsp Vanilla
                      2 T Baking Soda

                      1. Combine sugar and corn syrup in a 2 quart glass bowl and microwave on high 4 minutes. Stir in peanuts and microwave on high 3 1/2 minutes more, then stir in butter and vanilla and microwave for 1 1/2 minutes.
                      2. Stir in baking soda until light and foamy. Pour onto cookie sheet and spread thin. Cool completely and break into pieces and serve.

                      Tips:

                      Put a Silpat (or spritz Pam on a sheet of foil) on a cookie sheet
                      Get a big glass measuring cup (the handle makes things easier) and a few silicone spatula's for mixing/spreading.

                      Mix the sugar and corn syrup REALLY WELL before the cooking.
                      Things will bubble and get really foamy and weird, just trust.

                      You kinda have to go by your microwave strength but I have a brand new one and that timing is about right for mine. If it gets too brown it will still taste good but it might be a weird texture.

                      Be SURE and press out the brittle after you pour it out. Work REALLY fast because it's sticky

                      For Chocolate Covered Brittle:
                      Once it cools, break into hunks, dip into melted chocolate and let harden on parchment paper
                      I've done macadamia nut brittle w/white chocolate, etc.

                  2. b
                    bear Apr 29, 2009 03:49 PM

                    For how many?

                    1. folprivate Apr 29, 2009 03:42 PM

                      Rice Pudding

                      1. ipsedixit Apr 29, 2009 03:00 PM

                        No-bake Cheesecake.

                        http://www.nobakecheesecakerecipe.com...

                        1. s
                          sknuk Apr 29, 2009 02:46 PM

                          Fudge
                          any type of candy (if your stove top still works)
                          I like the idea of chocolate dipped strawberries, you could even dip them and then add nuts or candies on top of them, make them a little more decadent
                          Tiramisu
                          You could make a fruit or dessert trifle

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                            nemo Apr 29, 2009 02:43 PM

                            A sweet crepe torte? Layered crepes with fillings ranging from Nutella to apricot jam to seedless raspberry jam to dulce de leche to lemon curd to...

                            Really tall ones are impressive, but I'd make several of shorter stacks, each with a different filling, so slicing isn't so intimidating. Powdered sugar on top, fresh berries around, maybe a fruit sauce on the side in a boat with a ladle. Lemon curd and blueberry sauce = perfect match.

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                              milklady Apr 29, 2009 02:41 PM

                              Pudding from scratch
                              Homemade ice cream if you have an ice cream maker
                              A trifle (made with a purchased angel food or pound cake)

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                              1. re: milklady
                                Sally599 Apr 29, 2009 02:43 PM

                                No-bake cookies ;)

                              2. Jen76 Apr 29, 2009 02:20 PM

                                Mousse
                                Chocolate dipped strawberries
                                A creme pie with a ready-made graham crust

                                1. todao Apr 29, 2009 01:37 PM

                                  Plum Duff with Rum Sauce
                                  Any variety of steamed puddings:
                                  http://www.cooks.com/rec/search/0,1-0...

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