Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Baking Muffins in an Electric Frying Pan...

Despite only being a few years old, my oven blew up last week. Annoyed? Yes.
Anyway, it's given me an excuse to buy an new one, and the upside is that the old busted oven badly needed a clean, so at least I have been reprieved of that worst chore in the world task.

In between times, though, I have a pile of rapidly browning bananas that the kids want me to turn into choc chip banana muffins.

So, how to bake cakes and muffins without an oven? How to cook muffins or banana bread in an electric fry pan?

I remember my Granny once telling me that when she built her house in the late 1930's, before their kitchen was installed, that she baked cakes in her old Sunbeam.

So I have been experimenting with baking in my electric fry pan.

The recipe I used was this one here - a firm favourite with the kids for lunchboxes -

3 ripe bananas
2 cups Bran flakes or All Bran (or whatever cereal you're trying to use up!)
1½ cups skim milk
2 eggs
3 tablespoons light olive oil
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1½ cups self-raising flour, sifted
2 tablespoons soft brown sugar
1 cup chocolate chips

1. Take a large mixing bowl and mash up the bananas
2. Add the cereal cereal and the milk and combine and leave to one side for a few minutes
3. In the meantime, find a cooling wire rack that will fit into the electric frying pan
5. Find a muffin tin or a cake tin or a loaf tin (metal or silicone) that fits into your electric fry pan

6. Preheat your electric fry pan to it's highest temperature, with the cooling rack and baking tin in it, with the lid on.
7. In a measuring jug, beat together the eggs, the olive oil and the vanilla. Pour into the muffin mixture, and combine.
8. Add the flour, sugar and choc chips, and stir to combine - but don't over mix.

9. Spoon the muffin mix into the muffin/cake/loaf tin and put the lid on.

10. Bake for one hour.
11. Cool on a wire cooking rack.

The result? They are good! They are heavier than normal, and stickier, but this actually works well for lunchboxes I think!

This post is proudly bought to you by my broken oven and a whole load of chocolate chips.

It is also bought to you by the wonderful crew at Kitchenware Direct who are kindly sponsoring me to attend the Digital Parents Conference at the end of March. Thanks to Brad Russell of Kitchenware Direct who has also organised a great offer for me to take to the conference too!

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  1. Wow - I never thought about using an electric frypan for baking but now that I've seen your experiment, it's obvious (in an emergency!). Would hate to tackle a fruit cake hour for muffins would equal about 8 hours for my annual Xmas show-stopper!

    Thanks for sharing Lucy!
    Di x

  2. With my luck my old oven will break as soon as its cleaned and not only that I would be blamed.
    So well done you.

  3. Baking in the fry pan, wow now thats something different. I think you should hold onto that 'I have no oven we'll have to get take away or family and friends to bring us meals' for as long as you can :)

  4. Wow! Whoever would have thought it?
    My oven isn't broken, but I still think I must try that.

  5. I love this idea and I'm going to totally steal it for my classroom. I hope you don't mind!

  6. Glad I found this... I have the exact same problem, brown bananas and a oven that died last week. I remembered mum cooking cakes in a frypan and Googled it and found your blog. Thanks for the instructions

  7. My oven is not broken but I want to try this. I will go break the oven immediately!


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