Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Peach Crisp in a Solar Oven

How do you make a peach crisp in the solar oven? Exactly the same way you do in a regular oven, except you put it outside to bake.

Mix up your normal crisp or cobbler recipe. Here's our favorite:

1 large can of peaches, undrained
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup oats
1/3 cup butter, softened
3/4 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp nutmeg

In a medium sized bowl, mix together everything except for the peaches. Pour the peaches into a lightly greased pan (we use a 9 inch round cake pan). Top with flour mixture.

For cooking in a solar oven, the pan needs to be black, or it needs to be placed inside of a black pan. We placed ours inside of a black spring form pan, and then topped it with the bottom of the next size up spring form pan. We've found this works with a number of recipes.

Then we placed our pans inside of a turkey bag. If you are using a box cooker, you wouldn't need the turkey bag. We are continuing to use a windshield shade cooker, so we needed the bag (and a cooling rack to set the pan on).

Finally, put it in the oven. The cooking time is roughly twice what it would be in an electric oven. We put ours in at 1:00 and left it until 5:30, when we were ready for dessert. That's a good deal more than twice the time, but it stayed hot that way until we wanted it.

This is one of the easier recipes to do in a solar cooker. It's a good one to try if your new to solar cooking, like us. It's handy too, because it's a nice, no mess, no fuss recipe - simple enough for younger children to handle. Just remember, the pan and the crisp will be hot when you take them out of the oven. Don't forget the potholders.

Serve with whip cream, or maybe some coffee can ice cream.

It's great to be a homeschooler!

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