Chocolate Cupcakes. Making special treats with your coffee maker is fun and easy and even better if it’s chocolate. You can bake 4 mini cupcakes at a time with your coffee cake maker.
I only make mini cupcakes, as larger ones won’t cook all the way thru. Use any recipe or your favorite Chocolate Cake Mix. If you don’t want chocolate use any flavor you like.
I only use water when using a mix to make cupcakes with my coffee maker, it makes a lighter cupcake than using eggs and oil. I’m not sure why, it might have to do with baking at such a low temperature. (Anyway it’s all about experimenting, so try what ever you want.) Besides it makes it real easy to just add water, you don’t need to have anything else on hand. Since you’re not using eggs, you can eat the batter raw, it makes a great frosting if you have any left over.
You can make 4 mini cupcakes at a time with your coffee maker. But you’ll need to build a mini oven.
Mini Oven 1 metal bowl, (three cup size will works nicely).
Cupcake Holders 4 metal cupcake holders.
A few things I’ve tried.
Mini Oven Cupcake Holders
Pre-warm your oven place your metal bow upside down on top of the burner and let it warm for about 5 minutes.
Bake Your Cupcakes (4 at a time)
Frost or leave un-frosted, but remember if you make your cupcakes with out eggs you can use some of the batter to frost them. And who doesn’t love to eat the batter and lick the spoon.
Split Pea and Ham Soup (Cooked in the Pot)
Cook time, app. 4 hours. The same as a slow cooker.
I love pea soup and whenever I buy a ham I always get the biggest one I can find so I can make split pea soup.
Making pea soup in the coffee maker is much like making it in the slow cooler.
Since I wanted to use the bone for flavor I had to break it up so it would fit into the pot. I couldn’t cook it with the peas so I cooked it by it self with 4 cups of water for about 2 hours, then I used the broth to cook the peas in.
4 cups broth (you will be making this from the bone, include any juice you have from the ham unless it it is very sweet from the glaze)
2 cups split peas (one 16 oz bag)
1/4 tsp minced onions, dry
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 cup carrots
1 lb ham cut into chunks (you may only be able to get 1/2 of it in the pot)
insulate the pot
Never put a hot pot on a cold surface, put it on a pot holder or a towel
Never use a metal spoon in your coffee pot. Always use a wooden or plastic spoon, the glass is delicate and you don’t want to break it.
cook the bone
cook and stir (cook app. 4 hours, the same time as a slow cooker)
This is only 1/2 of the ham, so the whole ham might not fit.
Cook time, app. 4 hours. The same as a slow cooker.
Caution: Never put a hot pot on a cold surface, if you need to put it down not on the burner, put it on a hot pad or a towel.
We are just getting started here. As most of you know Michaeleen Doucleff over at the food blog on npr.org/blogs/thesalt wrote an article about our facebook page, it was posted on Nov 18, 2013 Titled: Coffee Maker Cooking: Brew UP Your Next Dinner. The facebook page went VIRAL overnight, so we have been busy re-posting and updating it.
Since we’ve been and getting tons of likes and exposure we decided to finally start a Blog in order to better answer questions and share more information. It’s something we’ve been thinking about it for a long time, but we just got busy with other projects. We will still be at facebook, supporting the blog and answering questions. But we can post so much more information here where it will be easy to access. I hope to have a lot of things posted in the next couple of days. So we hope you will stick around for the journey.
You can find the article here. http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/11/15/245442083/coffee-maker-cooking-brew-up-your-next-dinner?utm_content=socialflow&utm_campaign=nprfacebook&utm_source=npr&utm_medium=facebook.
If you haven’t read it go and do it, some of the comments are so funny. There are some really great stories over there too, so go and check them out. And again, Thank You to Michaeleen.
The idea of Cooking With Your Coffee Maker started with one of our nephews complaining that the he preferred MRE’s to the food in the mess hall in Afghanistan.
Since a coffee maker was the one appliance that all the soldiers have, I began to wonder if the water from a coffee maker would get hot enough to make instant oatmeal. You see I don’t own a coffee maker because we are not coffee drinkers in my house, so I went out and bought my first coffee maker.
Cooking with the coffee maker became a fun and weird science experiment. Trying different containers and taking their temperatures to see how hot the water would get and to see if I could raise it became an obsession with me. I tried a metal camp cup first it would hold 2 cups of something, would not break and was easy to wash. I wanted to try using something other than the pot to avoid have to clean it, besides you could cook and eat out of the cup. Well the metal cup worked great. It not only held the temperature but also increased it. Instant oatmeal made with boiling water somehow just does not seem to be quite done, it still needs a little cooking, usually in a micro. But if you leave that same cup of oatmeal on the warming plate of your coffee maker for a few minutes it comes out just right. Next I tried ramen and mac & cheese, these also worked out well. Now I was getting the hang of how to cook with my new favorite kitchen appliance. The secret is using a lid to hold in the temperature and raise it even more. If you want to fry or bake you will need a sierra cup, and don’t forget the lid.
I wanted to come up with some recipes, tips and hints to send to Ty (that’s my nephew) so we could send him some food he could cook for a break from bad chow and MRE’s. As the experiments progressed I realized I was writing a book. I printed up a down and dirty copy to send to my nephew and posted a few pictures on face book.
So see, you can really cook with your coffee maker. After I had made mini cakes, pizzas, hamburgers, hard boiled eggs and breakfast burritos with sausage, scrambled eggs and cheese, soup from scratch with raw meat and cooked a corned beef, I knew there wasn’t much I couldn’t make with mine.