05 January 2007

DIY Easy-Bake Oven cake

I'm sure my household is not the only that acquired an Easy-Bake Oven over the holidays. For those of you who have fond memories of the oven, it now comes with an actual heating element inside instead of the famous lightbulb.

If you don't want to fork over the dough (couldn't resist!) for the official Easy-Bake mixes or would like to expand your repertoire beyond yellow cake, sugar cookies, and chocolate frosting, Recipezaar has over 50 fun recipes for your Easy-Bake Oven. (Note:  a couple recipes in this category have slipped in under the "easy-to-bake" rubric, but the majority are for the pretty pink oven.)

If you have cake mix at home, here's a do-it-yourself recipe:  Mix 1/4 c. cake mix--any flavor;  1 scant Tbsp. water , 3/4 Tbsp oil, 1 Tbsp egg product.  Pour into greased Easy-Bake pan and bake for 12 minutes.

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You can also break out the rest of that cake mix into individual baggies (along with all the required dry ingredients, if you are using other recipes), label them with a date and keep a backlog of pre-measured cake mixes for future dates. A good project for a six year old during the witching hour -- when a parent is getting dinner together...

My sister bought my 6-year-old one this Christmas and promptly got the pan pusher stuck in the oven several times during its maiden use. I decided to keep it at the grandparents' so my sister can enjoy using it with her this summer. I'll print off the Easy-Bake geared recipes for them to use then.

At home we're sticking with kids' cookbooks and a real oven. My daughter really enjoys using "grownup" kitchen tools even though we have children's sized tools for her!

We've been buying the small bagged Betty Crocker cookie and muffin mixes for quick baking sessions because every pouch comes with a Box Tops for Education clip 'n save worth 10 cents to her school, which isn't bad for an 80 cent mix.

No more light bulb? Where's the fun that?

There's also an EZ-Bake oven gourmet cookbook!

http://www.amazon.com/Easy-Bake-Oven-Gourmet-David-Hoffman/dp/0762414405

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