|Microwave Corn Bread|
What do you do when it is past 3:30 a.m. and you can't fall asleep and you start to feel a bit hungry? Why, you start craving some cornbread, of course. Well, at least, I did! But who wants to bother with greasing baking trays and wait for 30 minutes for the cornbread to bake in the oven? Not me! Can cornbread be baked in a microwave? I searched for microwave cornbread recipes on the internet and came across several. I selected one that sounded very similar to my usual oven baked cornbread recipe which is on the back of the box of corn meal.
The recipe I selected was the 5-Minute Microwave Cornbread at Allrecipes.com. The batter was mixed in the bowl it was to be microwaved in, so minimum dishes to wash. My cornbread seemed done at 4.5 minutes (tooth pick inserted came out clean) but I let it cook for a total of 5 minutes before I took it out, just to be sure. And cut a piece:
|Piece of Microwave Cornbread|
|The Cut-into Cornbread|
Of course it doesn't have that nice brown crust of an oven baked cornbread, but while I like the crust, my daughter doesn't, so I think she'll like this microwave version, better.
With my altered taste buds, the cornbread had a very slightly bitter taste (I have been tasting sugar in baked goods as being bitter; or it might have been the baking powder I was tasting). But the cornbread was soft and quite acceptable. I'll have to make it again when daughter comes for a visit next and have her try it.
I know that gas is supposed to be a more inexpensive energy source than electricity, but surely it must cost more to heat up my big gas oven for 30 minutes than to use 5 minutes worth of electricity to run the microwave? Plus it doesn't heat up the house - a big bonus in the summer when my house gets so warm (no central air).
Have you made cornbread in the microwave, before? What other "baked" goods have you made in the microwave?
It is now, 4:56 a.m. I wonder if I should try to go to sleep and sleep in till about 11:00 a.m. (provided I fall asleep, at all), or if I should just have an early morning cup of tea and get started on my Saturday chores? Cornbread for breakfast, anyone? :D