Hey there–today I have a tasty post; a solar cooker experiment that turned out really well. I wanted to try something sweet, but it still had to be diet friendly and delicious. This peach cobbler filled both those requirements.
First the recipe. It’s one from the McDougall cookbook so there’s no refined sugar in it and since I had an abundance of peaches from my tree this year (that’s only happened twice since I planted fruit trees 7 years ago.) I swapped out the blueberries called for in the recipe for these luscious peaches I had on hand. Fruit is a crap shoot in Burney, California, and I won the jackpot this year.
Peach Cobbler (or blueberry, or ?)
2/3 C whole wheat pastry flour 2/3 C vanilla almond milk
1 1/2 tsp Baking powder 3 Tbs Honey
Pinch of salt (optional) 2 C sliced peaches
Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir in “milk” and honey and mix until smooth. Pour batter into a dark non stick baking pan, 9 x 13, and sprinkle fruit over the top. You can sprinkle some cinnamon on top, too, if you like. Place the pan inside a clear plastic bag, vented to let the moisture escape, and place in the solar cooker. Go do something fun. ** If you’re cooking in a regular oven preheat to 350, use an 8″ square pan, and cook for 45 minutes or until browned and bubbly.
With solar cooking there are some key points to remember:
- You must use a dark pan … this pulls in the needed heat. Shiny will deflect the heat.
- For baking, and best results, you need to keep the cooker facing the sun so this means turning the whole cooker every now and then. This is to keep the heat consistant.
- Shallow pans are best, but if the batter is right near the rim you will have to use something to keep the plastic off the top of the cobbler so it will brown –otherwise you’re going to have soggy cobbler. I used a shallow pan for my first attempt and ended up having to use a glass jar to prop the plastic up.
- It will take much longer to cook by solar than by convential means. Probably 3 to 4 times longer. The nice thing is, other than turning the cooker, you don’t have to babysit it. It won’t burn!
- Baking means venting. You will need to enclose your baking pan in a plastic bag to hold the heat in, but it will also need to be vented so moisture doesn’t build up.
- The pan will be HOT. Use mitts or a towel any time you grab a pan in the cooker and wear sunglasses so the brightness of the cooker doesn’t blind you. 😉 Only half kidding about this. I have really sun sensitive eyes and I do wear sunglasses when solar cooking.
Thanks for stopping by 2Dogs. Hugs, Shawna