Easy Bake from ScratchPosted: June 26, 2012 | Author: Jena | Filed under: Cut and Paste, Developmental Themes, Experimentation, Imagination, playing with our food, Recycling, Small Motor Skill, Tradition | 1 Comment »
An Easy Bake Oven is posted on the local Freecycle and I respond with, “My boys would love an easy bake oven!” I don’t know who will love the idea more, me or the boys, but I go ahead and pick it up. It has all the working pieces and is ready to go after we unscrew the back and make sure the oven has a working bulb inside. Little J and K love the screwdriver and bulb part. I have very warm and fun and sweet memories of playing with my Easy Bake Oven when I was a wee little lass.
While I unpack the box, we also find some leftover “treat” mix packets. I’m leaning WAY towards making things from scratch and am pretty sure those packets aren’t made with children’s health at heart, so I encourage the boys to make a pretend mix. They use scissors to open all the packets and mix them in a big bowl with water, flour and corn meal, while I pursue a great Easy Bake recipe online. I find a whole website dedicated to “from scratch” recipes for the Easy Bake Oven. I easily narrow it down to a simple and fast pizza recipe.
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1 dash Salt
1 teaspoon margarine
2 1/4 teaspoon milk
1 tablespoon pizza sauce
1 1/2 tablespoon mozzarella cheese; shredded
Preheat Easy-Bake Oven 15 minutes.
Stir together flour, baking powder, salt and margarine until dough looks like medium-sized crumbs. Slowly add milk while stirring. Shape dough into a ball and place into a greased pan. Use your fingers to pat the dough evenly over the bottom of the pan, then up the sides. Pour the sauce evenly over the dough, and then sprinkle with the cheese. Bake in Easy-Bake Oven 20 minutes. Remove.
Our first couple attempts are a little disastrous. The dough, sauce and cheese are too high and get scraped off when we stuff, I mean, slide the mini pie into the oven. The third and fourth try are a success. A thinner crust is highly recommended. I don’t see why you couldn’t try this recipe in a toaster oven with a small pan if you don’t have a Easy Bake.
I don’t get a chance to capture an image of the actual pizzas. Even the scraped off cheese ones are gobbled up faster than they can cool off.