Since moving into our house, our oven has been temperamental at best. Some days it shuts off when I attempt to heat it anywhere above 350 degrees. Other days, the entire timer/clock panel shuts down entirely so I have no idea if the oven will heat at all.
We haven’t replaced the oven because at first we were just renting this house and getting landlords to replace an oven that sometimes worked didn’t seem in the cards. Then, after we bought the house everything worked for a while so we thought we were off the hook. Now, we’re talking about renovating the entire kitchen this spring, so we’re just holding on for dear life and crossing our fingers when we need to bake.
That is until this week, when we brought the Panasonic Flash Xpress Toaster Oven
into our home. This little wonder is so powerful I’ve nearly replaced my oven entirely with it! I’ll admit, at first I was just toasting waffles. But then, when my oven shut down about 4 minutes into a 20 minute roast broccoli dish, I quickly improvised by transferring my barely cooked veggies onto the toaster tray and finishing the job in the Flash Express. Guess what? The roasted broccoli was so good, that I repeated it later in the week with cauliflower as well.
Then, I tested it out with the ultimate challenge: brownies.
Sometimes, when it gets cold and all we want to do is cozy up under blankets, the kids and I just need baked goods. A few months ago, I tweaked a “back of the label” recipe to create double chocolate peanut butter brownies that have become a family favorite and will likely make it on many of our holiday tables this season. They’re the perfect treat for holiday parties.
I was curious how the toaster oven would handle a pan of brownies and let me tell you it did not disappoint. Not only did we get ooey-gooey brownies, but we got them about 6 minutes faster than we would have if I used my old tired oven. Talk about an awesome kitchen-hack.
Now, if only I could figure out a way for brownies not to add inches to my waist, I’d have my whole kitchen figured out!