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Old 05-15-2006, 08:00 PM   #1
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Microwaved Baking

Anyone ever try and bake in the microwave? I once saw a website that had recipes specifically for the microwave. I once bought a betty crocker microwaved brownie mix and it tasted horrible. Are there any real good microwave recipes?

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Old 05-16-2006, 10:39 AM   #2
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I've tried - with some limited success. Obviously the cake never browns - but it does cook incredibly fast. I just used an easy, plain cake recipe (see below if you don't have one), put it in a round 1.5 or 2 qt dish (like Corningware makes) with an inverted (small) juice glass in the middle (the dish had been greased with either butter, marge or spray). Cooked the cake uncovered on high for 1 minute, checked it, rotated the dish, then 1 or 2 minutes more (in small increments of 30 seconds). Obviously the length of time is critical and depends on the wattage of your oven. It is such a small amount of time that you can easily overcook.
The juice glass in the middle of the dish is becuase cakes don't seem to cook in the middle in a microwave, and I didn't have a microwave safe bundt pan.
I will get more exact time directions for you from my cookbook (which is not with me).
The cake recipe is so simple - you don't have to even use a mixer, just a spoon (it's my MILs madera cake recipe, but I don't think it's a real madeira cake recipe, just a lazy way to make a quick cake!)
Dry Ingred:
1 1/2 cups flour
1 (scant) cup sugar
2 rounded tsp baking pwder
pinch salt
Wet:
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
vanilla (2 tsp or so)
Method
Sift dry ingred together
Melt butter and milk together,
Add butter and milk to dry ingred.
Whisk the eggs quickly with a fork before adding to mix. Lastly, add vanilla.
Stir a bit with a spoon - pour into baking dish
In a 700 watt microwave this will bake in 1 minute increments - stop, check (you'll see it rise really fast), rotate the dish, even if your microwave has a turntable). Do another minute - or even 30 seconds, watching closely. You'll see when it's done rising.
In a regular oven, just bake at 350 for about 1/2 hour.
This cake is good for use in trifle or as a base for something like strawberries and whipped cream. If not overcooked, should be very moist.
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Old 05-16-2006, 12:15 PM   #3
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Microwave recipe:

Left over food--as needed
microwave safe plate--1 large

instructions: Put leftovers on plate and heat on high for 3 minutes.

That's about all I think a microwave is good for.
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Old 05-16-2006, 01:44 PM   #4
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Actually I did think of something. Famous Amos Cookies. You can pop them in the microwave for 3-5 seconds (depending on how many cookies.. I use that time for 3).. make them taste almost-homemade.
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Old 05-16-2006, 02:47 PM   #5
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Chef Jimmy, what about:

melting butter
defrosting meat
making popcorn
boiling water

Not a fan of microwave "cooking", but it's good for a few things in addition to reheating leftovers. Some folks swear by it, though.
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Old 05-16-2006, 02:52 PM   #6
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I agree with those things also, but cooking? Microwaves don't really make heat, they vibrate the moisture molicules in the food and the friction makes heat in the food. I just don't think a microwave is a good "cooking" appliance
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Old 05-16-2006, 02:53 PM   #7
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Cooking candy...puddings and pie fillings...great! But haven't found anything I would consider baked goods that I like a lot.
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Old 05-16-2006, 09:29 PM   #8
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What about oatmeal? (The instant kind. The other kind always--for me anyway--boils over the edge of the bowl.)
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Old 05-17-2006, 01:04 PM   #9
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Even the instant oatmeal does that for me. It makes such a mess in the microwave.
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Old 05-17-2006, 11:50 PM   #10
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I've tried lots of things in the microwave - only because for about a year we rented a place in Cape Town that had no stove. Obviously a stove, an oven is so much nicer - but sometimes you have to make do. Oatmeal - slow cook kind, will cook up nicely - 1/2 cup in a larger than average cereal bowl, pinch salt, cover with water, cook for 2 minutes. Yes, it will boil over if you don't check....
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