Post # 1
Hive, I love cooking, baking especially. Love it. But since I moved in with FH (now DH! lol) about 1.5 years ago, I have been without a working oven.
Yeah. No oven. For over a year. Our oven is a propane oven, and when I moved in the propane tank was empty and the hose that connected the tank to the oven was cracked. Super easy fix, but he always put it off claiming that he preferred paying electricity bills for the (tiny, stupid, evil) microwave oven that I used than pay to fill the propane tank.
Well, I’m happy to say that after a year of whining and cussing out inanimate objects, DH filled the tank today and I have a working oven!!! I’ve made so much already, and I just want to make MORE. Omg.
What are your favorite things to bake?! 🙂 I need ideas so I can make up for the year without a real oven!!!
Post # 3
I’m jealous! I can’t bake to save my life, but I can cook anything else.
Post # 4
Oh my gosh. More than a YEAR without an oven?! I went without one for about a month when we moved last fall and that was terrible enough!
I bake at least weekly…usually I make our sandwich bread and then either something breakfast-related like muffins, or some kind of dessert–usually cookies but I like making cakes too. Bagels are really fun to make if you’ve never tried that. I’m also on a pull-apart bread kick–there’s a whole bunch of recipes on pinterest, both sweet and savory.
Post # 5
How exciting! I just made a blackout cake last night. I was feeling like doing something more involved. It’s delicious but pretty rich. Better to make if you are having company or have some way to get rid of it all!
Post # 6
@acciotoni: Ugh, I can’t believe you went an entire year without an oven! I’d go crazy, and I don’t even bake that often!
@Hyperventilate: I feel the same way. I’m actually a pretty good cook, but baking is another story (unless it comes from a box, of course). My fiance bought a KitchenAid stand mixer for me for Christmas since I’ve been saying I really wanted one, so now I at least have a good reason to try to become a better baker!
Post # 7
oh man, I would DIE without an oven!! I’m not much of a baker of sweets, but i’m a very active cook and I use my oven constantly. My favorite thing to bake as of late is french bread- breadmaking is HARD! I’m finally perfecting the recipe after probably 20 loaves that have been “meh” because of aesthetic reasons (not taste!)
Baking is an awesome talent to have- I have a friend who is an amazing baker from cakes to cookies to cupcakes, everything she makes is perfect. I think some people are just born with it!
Post # 8
Apple pie! When I love my FI a whole awful lot, I make him apple pie.
Post # 9
@angelinthesnowxo: I’ve always wanted a stand mixer.
The thing is.. I truthfully have no idea what I’d do with it, but I want one!
I bake from a box 99% of the time. Probably about 30% of the time I end up ruining it somehow. Baking is so precise, I just tend to wing it when I cook!
Post # 10
Wow I would also go nuts without an oven… and for over a year?!?!
Between baked goods, casseroles, roasting veggies, even heating up bread slices (we don’t have a toaster) we use the oven pretty much every day. Baking bread can be a lot of work but we use a bread machine to mix the dough, then we shape it, let it rise and then bake in the regular oven.
This is my go-to recipe for soft, fluffy, yummy challah bread: http://www.hansenchristiancenter.com/2012/04/02/bread-machine-challah-bread/
If you don’t have a bread machine, just knead by hand 🙂
@bkrocks13: French bread looks so simple but it’s tricky to get it right… I have yet to make a loaf I have been happy with! Any secrets to share? 🙂
Post # 11
I generally hate baking, but I LOVE eating. So on behalf of my fellow moochers, yay!
Post # 12
@kestane: its all in the dough baby. The key to a beautiful loaf lies in being able to roll it so it has to be drier (in my experience) than “normal” loaf-pan bread dough, but not so dry that it effects the proofing. I can’t honestly give you a recipe because it depends so much on the yeast, the humidity in the room, etc…but I will say that the best luck I’ve had is when I almost think it won’t rise or stick together when I roll it because it’s too try.
Also, an egg yolk wash is integral in getting that golden color- make sure you use a really soft pastry brush to apply it or else the rise will fall! I like the silicone ones.
Honestly, baking bread is sort of not worth it these days, since a loaf of really good french bread will run me like $2 at a bakery… but its a great way to kill time, it’s a great gift, and it makes the house smell SO GOOD 🙂
Post # 13
@bellasperanza: Oh, I still cooked every day, I just had to use our (again I say: stupid, tiny, evil, POS) microwave oven. TBH, it worked just as “well” as a conventional oven, it just was 1/15th the size, so I couldn’t cook real meals easily and had to search for teeny tiny pans to fit in it. Ugh.
@Natalieh86: That makes me wish I liked chocolate!!! I think DH and BIL would love it though… might have to put it on the list!
@bkrocks13: Nice!! My grandparents bought me a fancy-pants breadmaker for the wedding so I’ve been dying to make bread all week! Unfortunately, DH bought two loaves of bread right before the wedding, and we go through bread slooooowwwlllllyyyy, so I’m cooling my heels until they’re gone. Then the breadmaking will commence!
Post # 14
@Hyperventilate: I really didn’t know what I’d do with mine either since I’m not a great baker, but becoming a great baker (or at least a decent one!) is a goal of mine so I guess I’ll figure something out.
I agree that baking is very precise, and I’m definitely not that precise when I cook. For example, tonight I made arni youvetsi (a Greek lamb dish that is oh-so-good!) and though I always check the recipe to make sure I’m not leaving anything out, baking at the right temperature, etc., I could barely remember how I made it the last time since I always change it up a bit. My fiance told me it was even better this time than last time, though, so I guess whatever changes I made worked!