I decided to make what we call “German Pancakes”–I’m not sure what they’re actually called–on a whim last night for dinner but wound up with an utter failure. The recipe is super simple, combine 6 eggs, 1 cup milk, 1 cup flour and mix until it looks a bit like batter:
Then bake at about 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes in a greased 13×9 pan. Since I used a smaller 11×7 pan that fits in the sun oven, I used 4 eggs, 2/3 cup milk, and 2/3 cup flour. And because I wasn’t too worried about getting the temperature up to 400 degrees (I’ve never had it that high) I went ahead and put the mixture in at about 225 degrees expecting that it would warm up eventually:
Unfortunately, the sun wasn’t cooperating the first 20 minutes and hid behind some clouds. Again, I did nothing but adjusted the angle of the sun oven to follow the sun’s movement and actually forgot about it until nearly an hour later! I was worried that I had overcooked it because of that but, regrettably, it still wasn’t cooked. It’s supposed to have risen and be puffy and NOT flat like cornbread:
In fact, it was still gooey in the middle. I tried a bite but spit it out. I even offered to let others try but nobody accepted. Heck, I’m not sure the dog would eat this!
As much as I would like to always show you successes in my personal prepping sometimes the failures are just as important. In this case, I think I need to pay more attention to the sky (are there any clouds?) and maybe let the sun oven heat up more when the foods I cook really need a higher temperature in order to cook correctly.