Indoor Solar

When I first started this challenge, I was using my crock pot indoors often, and I thought a solar cooker would be a good way to take that cooking outside. And, for the most part, it was.

Today, however, I had to experience in reverse. You see, I had already made the batter for oat bread when I realized that it was raining. No sun for us, but I needed the bread. My oven is still stinky, so I decided to see if a crock pot could sub for a solar cooker.

I spread the batter thin on parchment lined bread pans and cooked them on high for about 1-2 hours.

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It worked well! I had to use all morning to make the three loaves, but they came out cooked and tasty.

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Rating: good. Check out the recipe here!

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Solar Pumpkin Bread

You have to give me credit for trying. After the last batch of bland banana bread (say that three times fast!), I wanted to try again to see if I could make a solar bread. I found a pumpkin bread recipe online that was originally for the crock pot, so I modified it and tried again. It worked! My kids devoured both loaves by the end of the day! It was a very moist and dense bread, and would have been great with a hot drink on a cold morning. (Not that we have those here…)

Solar Pumpkin Bread (with thanks to letsgetcrocking)

1/2 cup applesauce

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 mashed banana

1Tbsp flax plus 3 Tbsp water

15 oz can pumpkin puree

1.5 cups rice flour

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp ginger

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

 

Mix the wet ingredients together then stir in the dry ones. Bake in two greased loaf pans in the solar oven for about an hour and a half. They will be very moist when done, but should pull away from the sides of the pans. Cool on wire racks before slicing.

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Rating: Excellent! I need to make this again soon!