Monday, July 27, 2009

Cookies - Choc Chunk Cookies

Before we got married, mil told me that she bought a set of "Space Wok" (turbo oven) so that i can bake cakes or cookies. It costed her about RM2K at that time, 4-5years ago. I didn't know how to use it or even want to take the bulky oven out from our kitchen cabinets.

After reading several cooking/baking blogs & watching AFC on Astro, we finally bought a packet of ingredients to make cookies. Before we bought it, i was making sure that i do not need to add any additional fancy ingredients or use a mixer. My kitchen does not equip with a lot of cooking equipment. We could live with a pot & non-stick frying pan, not forgetting a microwave.

After sending Khye to mil & a long nap, i started to take out the giant turbo oven from my cabinet & wiped it clean. I just need to add an egg & some veggie oil to the cookie flour. Since we do not have veggie oil, i substituted it with our newly bought Naturel Olive Oil, hoping the cookies would still taste good. I do not have any baking utensils at home, i had to borrow baking tray from mil, using knife from Secret Recipe to mix the dough. Instead of using ungreased paper, i put some margarine (no butter) before throwing chunks of cookies dough into the tray :P
choc chunk cookies dough

It says, i need to pre-heat the oven at 360F. It's a good thing there is a Converter function in my phone, from Fahrenheit to Celsius. For a first timer, i adjusted the temp & on the switch. Nothing happened. Then i turned off the switch and re-adjusted the temp. Again nothing happened. Finally, after a few rounds of testing, i only realised, i forgot to adjust the timer. Temp > power on > time. That simple! Once the power is on, the fan of the turbo oven started to swirl the air into a hot tornado-like air. The baking tray was shaking non-stop in the oven, could be due to the uneven base of the baking tray.
spacewok - turbo oven

The instruction said the cookies need to be in the oven for 8-10mins at 360F, but the cookies turned brown after 5mins. I guess the air must be pretty hot and the cookies were heated up very fast. I only need 5 trays and completed the whole baking session in an hour. I also did a quick check and the oven consumed 2 units of electricity within the 1 hour baking session. Although the color of the cookies is not exactly presentable, the taste is excellent, with a bit of burnt smell. Hubby has placed order for cornflakes cookies :P
choc chunk cookies

My next big challenge would be roasting pork belly or "siew bak". I've been searching and collecting recipes on how to roast siew bak using turbo oven. Some of the recipes looks pretty simple. Wait till i give it a try and post up the pics of the whole process yah...

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