Easy Bake takes over the world

I recently had the pleasure of rekindling an old love affair…. with easy bake oven.

We gave one away as a gift, with a couple amazing looking cake and cookie mixes. (red velvet cake!!) Things sure have changed since my easy bake days…. for some reasons I only recall toasting pumpkin seeds in mine….

Sammy and I decided to get our own oven right away, so we could start creating fantastic culinary delights in mere minutes for everyone at home. We looked at the mixes next…. and made a solid choice of cheese pizza snacks and chocolate whoopee pies. BONUS, the oven also came with chocolate chip cookie mix.

Last night, we took out the easy bake and made magic happen.

This was better than christmas
This was better than Christmas
sweeeeet

sweeeeet

So we got right to baking. First up, mini cheese pizza bites. The box has little envelope of powder for everything, dough, marinara sauce, cheese sauce, even an egg glaze?! Just add water and stir, we all fought over who got to stir first.

itty bitty pizza dough
itty bitty pizza dough
then add the sauce..
then add the sauce..
squirt on some ?real? cheese...

squirt on some ?real? cheese…

it was crappy. but THEY loved it.

it was crappy. but THEY loved it.

We finished last night with chocolate chip cookie. Bites. Because finished, they are the size of a piece of cookie crisp cereal.

mix it up Jenna!

mix it up Jenna!

ready to bake!

ready to bake!

it's amazing!!

it’s amazing!!

pretty damn tasty!

pretty damn tasty!

We save the challenge for today. Chocolate whoopee pies. It seemed pretty simple, until you have to mess with the dough. I could not take pictures because I had chocolate dough all over my hands. Sticky doesn’t even begin to cover it. I used flour, it was still impossible to get a perfect round ball on that baking sheet. No 8 year old could ever do this alone.

The box. Notice how individual results may vary....

The box. Notice how individual results may vary….

tag team mixing

tag team mixing

adding the filling-after washing my hands!

adding the filling-after washing my hands!

our finished pies. Yummmm :)

our finished pies. Yummmm 🙂

This is way too fun for just kids. It still feels like magic!! Why don’t more therapists incorporate the use of easy bake oven when working with clients? You can’t possibly feel like there is no point in living once you’ve discovered the possibilities….

Guys…Product Details Our next challenge.

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We love a good muffin

banana chips

I just so happened to have some bananas that were able to make it past that just ripe stage. Only 2 of them though… and so when I decided to make muffins, I quickly found most recipes calling for 3 of them. Yes…I could have halved it I suppose, but did I really want the trouble of halving my egg, and measuring out sugar into cups and extra tablespoons?

No, I like to keep things really simple around here.

I knew I wanted chocolate chips in my muffins. And I knew I only had 2 bananas. That was my requirement.

This is what I found: Banana-Chocolate Chip muffins. The recipe looks like it originally came from Bon Appetit, March 1999.

I did alter the recipe, so I can’t tell you exactly what they would have tasted like had I followed it perfectly…. but mine were so kick-ass, I am not going to try them any other way. Here is what I did different:

Instead of 2/3 cup sugar, I used 1/3 white and 1/3 cup brown sugar.

I added a healthy dash of vanilla extract. Somewhere between 1-2tsp.

I used SALTED butter. We don’t buy unsalted butter in this house.

Oh. I liked them. ALL the kids liked them, immensely. So much so, that the dozen muffins I made last night were all gone today when I got home from work, except for one. And that muffin has already been spoken for by the 5 year old who is expecting it in his lunch tomorrow.

Hello. I'm delicious.

Hello. I’m delicious.

You might think this muffin looks a little wonky with his one little chocolate chip sticking out of the side of his head. This might have been how he lasted longer than the other muffins…but never fear, he is choc full of chocolaty goodness inside, and he won’t last much longer. Good try wonky muffin.