If your home is like ours, you will often find that the thrill of new Christmas or birthday toys can wear off in just a matter of days. Most of the time it is because the kids have moved on to the latest electronic trend. But for toys that are physically interactive, they can lay idle simply be because they don’t have anyone to play with. The principle of interactive play (aka time with Mom or Dad) also applies to classic toys like the Easy Bake Oven.
You may remember that my daughter asked for the Easy Bake Oven for Christmas. Unlike the other toys (which I can’t even remember at this point,) she asks regularly to bake with her Easy Bake Oven. We keep it in a visible location to remind us both of the yummy treats we can bake together in just a few minutes time. The only negative at this point to the toy (in my opinion,) is the high cost of the mixes. They are easy and only require the addition of water, but on a cost per ounce basis they are incredibly expensive! I hate paying just for the convenience when I know I have everything in my pantry to make the same thing. Therefore, I have been on a quest for Easy Bake Oven recipes! Ironically, good recipes THAT WORK are not ‘easy’ to find as the name of the toy implies.
If you have been in the blogosphere looking at Easy Bake Oven recipes, I urge you to use caution and keep reading. All recipes ARE NOT created equal.
As I searched for cookie and brownie recipes, I found the same 2 recipes on A LOT of sites. The problem? They didn’t work. I believe some bloggers have simply copied recipes from other sites that haven’t been tested just because it is easy to do in order to provide content. I’m sure it happens a lot, but the problem with EBO recipes is that a mishap can RUIN your oven. You can’t really clean the inside, so a recipe that runs over can result in major household drama when the whole oven has to be tossed out. It’s costly and certainly no fun.
Many of the recipes I have reviewed seem to be regular oven recipes with the ingredient quantities adjusted. My experience so far has been that you can’t simply adjust the proportion of a regular oven recipe and instantly have success. The tiny height of the EB oven requires a very flat pan which isn’t necessarily proportional to a regular pan height. The amount your batter RISES is key. Here at Clabber Girl, we are leavening experts, so we are here to help your miniature chef be successful too!
To simplify the baking process, mix the dry ingredients ahead of time and set aside in small baggies that can be opened and the liquid added. Make several batches ahead so that your little baker can bake when the mood strikes!(Click here for a free download of label stickers and instructions.)
Itty Bitty Fudgy Wudgy Bites
3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
3 Tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. cocoa powder
1/4 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
1 1/2 tsp. vegetable oil
3 tsp. water
1/8 tsp. vanilla extract
In a very small bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and cocoa. Pour in oil, water and vanilla extract. Mix with a fork until batter is smooth. Roll into a ball and flatten between hands (should be fudgy and thick.) Place batter into the EBO rectangular pan. Spread batter evenly to edges with a knife.
For fudgy brownies bake in the EBO for 13 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes.
For cakey brownies bake for 15 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes.
Divide into 9 itty bitty brownies.