Solar Baked Apple Sauce

Baked Apple Sauce

Apples are at their peak this time of year so you may not need a lot of sugar to sweeten this sauce. Use it as a topping for oatmeal, pancakes, or ice-cream. It’s also good on its own.

Sun Baked Apple Topping

Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds baking apples, peeled, cored, and cut into chunks

2 tablespoons brown sugar (or to taste)

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

pinch salt (optional)

Preparation

Set Sun Oven out to preheat.

Spray a medium sized pot with cooking spray. Add the apples. Cover and cook in the Sun Oven until the apples are soft, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove from Sun Oven. Use a fork to coarsely mash the apples. Stir in the sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Solar Panforte with Mango

Panforte-for-Pi-Day-Solar-300x225 Panforte is a traditional delicacy of Siena, Italy. It’s very rich; a tiny piece is all you need. It keeps for weeks at room temperature and for months in the freezer. It packs a lot of energy in each portion and is ideal to take on long hikes. Most recipes call for candied citrus, but I don’t like the quality of the kind found in most supermarkets and making my own is not an option – I’d eat it all long before it ever made its way into a recipe. Diced, dried mango delivers just the right amount of sweetness and is the perfect texture for this rich cake. Sun Oven Panforte Ingredients To line the pan: 1 tablespoon cake flour 1 tablespoon plain dry bread crumbs 2 tablespoons finely ground nuts, almonds or hazelnuts For the cake: 1/2 cup cake flour 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 cup honey 1/2 cup sugar 1 cup sweetened dried mango, diced 1 cup almonds or hazelnuts, roasted and coarsely chopped* For the topping: 2 tablespoons cake flour 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon Preparation Set Sun Oven out to preheat. Spray an 8-inch springform pan with cooking spray. Line the bottom and the sides with parchment paper. Prepare the bread crumb lining: In a small bowl, combine the flour, bread crumbs, and ground nuts. Line the baking pan with the mixture and set aside. Prepare the cake: In a small bowl, combine the flower, cinnamon, coriander, cloves, and nutmeg; set aside. In a medium saucepan over low heat, combine the honey and sugar, stirring occasionally, until the mixture comes to a full boil; remove from heat. Stir in the mango and chopped nuts. Add the flour and spice mixture a stir until well blended. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Using slightly dampened hands, smooth the batter out. Prepare the topping: In a small bowl, combine the flour and cinnamon. Sift the topping over the batter in the pan. Bake the cake in the Sun Oven until it starts to bubble around the edges, about 30 minutes. Remove the pan from the Sun Oven and cool completely on a rack. Remove the sides of the pan and invert the cake onto a rack, letting the excess flour fall off. Carefully remove the parchment paper. Invert the cake again onto a cutting board. *To toast the nuts, spread them out on a baking pan in a single layer and toast them in the Sun Oven for 10 to 20 minutes. If using hazelnuts, wrap the toasted nuts in a clean kitchen towel. Let them steam for about five minutes, then rub vigorously against the countertop to remove the skins.

Sun Shine and Banana Bread

Banana Bread

Very ripe bananas are the key to good banana bread. If come baking day yours are not quite ready, put the un-peeled bananas in the Sun Oven when you set it out to preheat. It will take about half an hour to “ripen” them in the sun. Let them cool a bit before mixing them in with the other ingredients. This is also a good time to melt the butter. Put it in a glass measuring cup and set it in the Sun Oven with the bananas.

Sun Oven Banana Bread

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup whole-wheat flour

3/4 cup sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

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Solar Blueberry Cobblers

Blueberry Cobblers

Any type of canned pie filling will work here. And, if you don’t have metal mugs, ovenproof ceramic mugs or ramekins work too. I bet you could even use a different brand of baking mix.

Crazy Easy Blueberry Cobblers

Ingredients

1 can (21-ounces) blueberry pie filling

1 cup Kodiak Cakes Buttermilk and Honey Flapjack and Waffle Mix

1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar

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Solar Pumpkin Treats

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More like individual mini, crustless pies or custards than cupcakes these little treats are as easy to whip up as they are to eat.

Sun Oven Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

Ingredients

1 15 ounce can pumpkin puree

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

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Solar Baked Apples

AA Oval Roasting Pan

These baked apples are easy to prepare with ingredients you probably already have and are delicious on a cold winter’s night.

Sun Oven Baked Apples

Ingredients

4 Granny Smith apples (or other tart baking apple)

1/3 cup raisins

1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed

1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice or cinnamon

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Solar Slow Cooked Apples

Apple Cup

This lovely fall dessert is good served warm or chilled.

Sun Oven Slow Cooked Apple Stacks

(adapted for the Sun Oven from the L.A. Times)

Ingredients

1/4 cup sugar

1/8 teaspoon ground coriander

4 apples, peeled

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Solar Peach Crumble

Mugs

These inexpensive metal mugs can be found in the camping department and are a great addition to your Sun Oven.

Single Serving Sun Oven Peach Crumble

Ingredients

For the filling:

4 peaches, cut into thin wedges

1/4 cup sugar

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon cornstarch

For the topping

1/4 cup brown sugar, packed

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Solar Cheesecake

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Solar Chocolate Cake

I first heard about baking a cake with sauerkraut at Weight Watchers a few years ago but dismissed it thinking it couldn’t possibly be any good. Then my interest was piqued when I found another version of it in a cookbook called “America’s Best Lost Recipes”. Seems it wasn’t just some wacky weight loss gimmick after all.

Sun Oven Sauerkraut Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/3 cups sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

2/3 cup plus 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder, divided

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