Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Paradise by the dashboard lights

I came accross this photo on the ever hilarious People of Walmart site and that got me to thinking . . . is it actually possible to bake cookies in a car?

Apparently, I'm not the only one to wonder this same thing.  It has tried and it has succeeded.  By no means does a car's internal temperature does it reach oven temperatures but it does get pretty darn hot.

One test was done by a newspaper in Springfield, Illinois.  During their experiment, the car mostly maintained a steady 175 degrees Fahrenheit temperature over a four hour period.  The result was cookies that were actually cooked and edible, although not browned and crunchy like you would get from a baking oven.

A reporter at a television station in the Austin, Texas are performed a similar experiment, but he took it further.  He was going to try to bake cookie, muffins, and biscuits. His test spanned three hours and the internal temperature of the car reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit.  His results said "the cookies looked like they were done, and the biscuits had risen to an inch. However, it was going to take a little longer for the muffins to be finished."  However, he didn't offer any taste test results.

Another newspaper in South Bend, Indiana performed the experiment with similar results.  Their experiment lasted 3 hours with the interior of the car reaching 120 degrees Fahrenheit.  They gave staffers at the paper samples and they were declared "not bad" and "good".  And, the car was left with the "unmistakable aroma of fresh-baked cookies."

Anyhoo . . . the point is this . . . it get's really really  hot in your car when it's sitting under a blazing sun. On an 80-degree day with no ventilation, the temperature in a car can rapidly reach up to 131 degrees.  Leaving a child or a pet in a car for just 10 minutes could easily result in damage to the brain and vital organs, heat stroke, dehydration, seizures, and death.   

Roast Beef over Egg Noodles

2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1 Beef Bouillon Cube in 1 C. Hot Water
1/3 C. Cooking Sherry (Red)
2 Tbsp. Soy Sauce
1 Clove Garlic, Minced
1/4 Tsp. Onion Salt
2 Tbsp. Cornstarch in 1/4 C. Water
4 C. Cooked Noodles

Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large pan.  

Add left over roast beef and stir in bouillon cube (with water), sherry, soy sauce, garlic and onion salt. 

Heat to boiling. 

Reduce heat; blend cornstarch (with water). Stir gradually into meat mixture. 

Cook, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and boils (about 1 minute). Serve over cooked noodles.

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