Sometimes, extreme hot summer weather coincides with the craving for freshly baked homemade cookies. I didn't want to turn on the oven to bake though. Just the thought of having a 350 F oven in the house was enough to make me sweat. But I couldn't leave that cookie craving unsatiated, so I looked for an alternative. Can cookies be baked in a microwave oven? I tested five different times and power settings...
|Microwave used: 1200 watt Panasonic microwave|
|Flour for a small batch of cookies: whole wheat flour on left, peanut flour on right; sugar, salt, baking powder in middle|
|Dough with wheat bran stirred in|
|Cookie before "baking"|
|Cookie bottoms after baking|
|Sample 1: heated at 70% power for 1 min 30 sec. Looked well baked and dry on top, but had a burnt patch on inside.|
|Sample 2: heated at 50% power for 1 min 30 sec. Appeared light and dry on the outside with a small burnt patch inside.|
|Sample 3: Heated at 100% power for 50 seconds. Burnt marks on the outside with centre converted into charcoal. Emitted acrid burnt smell; potentially carcinogenic.|
|Sample 4: heated at 100% power for 30 seconds. Exterior looked slightly translucent, moist and soft. Inside texture resembled stale dry cake.|
|Sample 5: heated at 100% power for 35 seconds. Appeared just like the one above but slightly drier.|
I guess this will have to do for now until the weather cools a bit and I can actually face using the oven. Hope you enjoyed this sequence!