Did you ever imagine a convection microwave? Who can forget the Betty Crocker EZ Bake Oven of yesteryear? We poured a sort of magical mixing powder into a tiny bowl, mixed in some water, slid that baby in, and out came a gourmet cake! Well, not exactly. The Saturday morning commercials made the baked goods look like Julia Child had made them instead of a 6-year old in 1972.
Even when mom helped, it was still just powder and water heated up by a light bulb inside the “oven”. Still, the idea of quick, small meals spoiled us all, so that by the time we were teenagers, we heated up everything in an oven that was still considered a luxury in the 80’s – the microwave. Now the future is upon us and it’s time for convection microwaves!
Convection Microwaves of The Millennium
Microwaves have come a long, long way since the 80’s and 90’s — and these days, you can make almost anything in a microwave – especially if it has convection capabilities. Between KitchenAid, Whirlpool, GE and plenty more top brands, Home-Tech carries a variety of top-of-the-line microwave convection oven combos that can be installed over your oven/range, or work well on the counter top, too. And with some recent incredible rebates, the prices are right.
KitchenAid Convection Microwaves
One of our favorites is the KitchenAid 1200-Watt Convection Microwave (Model #KMHP519ESS) that not only comes in a sleek and stylish stainless steel that looks fabulous in any kitchen, it has a whole host of features to bring out your creative inner chef. There’s a broiling element, as well as patented Crispwave technology with a crisper pan that allows you to fry, grill, or try your hand at recipes that involve convection. This 1200-Watt Convection Microwave has it all – and the interior Cookshield finish makes it super easy to simply wipe down without scrubbing and harsh cleaning agents.
Easy Convection Cookies
Nostalgia got us thinking about the cookies we used to “bake” in our EZ Bake Ovens, so we wondered how chocolate chip cookies would do in convection microwaves. Judging from the reviews, they’ll come out quite well with the right recipe. Read on for one we found courtesy of Ehow.com.
By the way, did you happen to hang on to your (or your children’s) EZ Bake from the 70s? They’re now worth over $300 on e-Bay. But, we think the cookies below will taste much better in your brand new Convection Microwave from Home-Tech – enjoy!
Things You’ll Need
- 1 cup butter-flavored shortening
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 cups milk chocolate chips
- Cookie sheets
- Cookie cutters
- Wax paper
- Preheat the convection microwaves oven to 350 degrees F. Use butter or shortening to grease cookie sheets. Combine the brown sugar, white sugar and shortening, then beat in one egg at a time. Add the vanilla and mix thoroughly.
- Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl. Mix the powder well, so that there are no clumps. Stir the dry mixture into the liquid mixture, and mix it until all of powders have dissolved and there are no lumps. Add the chocolate chips, folding them into the dough.
- Use a tablespoon-sized spoon to make rounded balls of dough. Drop them onto the cookie sheet about one inch apart from each other. Fill additional cookie sheets with the cookies until the dough is gone, and place them on any of the racks in the oven, as the heat in the convection oven will bake them all equally.
- Bake the cookies in the convection microwave oven for 8 to 10 minutes, until they are a golden-brown color. Allow the cookies to cool completely before serving.