Cookin’ In The Sun: Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Well, the temperatures have been beyond pathetic here in southeast Texas. We are just melting! And with all this heat, I have not been feeling very inclined to cook/bake anything that would require me to turn on the oven. And then… I got my SUN OVEN! I have been so excited to start using this baby! The first thing I decided to make in my SUN OVEN was some delicious cinnamon swirl bread. Don’t ask me why… I’m not sure I’ve ever even made cinnamon swirl bread before. But that was what I wanted to make. I didn’t even have a recipe for it, so I just kinda made one up. Well, actually I converted my easy dinner roll recipe (which can be used for cinnamon rolls) into the bread for my cinnamon bread. After making the dough and letting it rise, I rolled it out, spread on some melted butter, sprinkled on some brown sugar and cinnamon, rolled it into a loaf shape, and into the pans they went. {Side note: I used the loaf pans that I had ordered with my oven, and they’re a little larger than the pyrex ones I’m used to, so I probably should have doubled, or at least one and a halved the recipe. But that’s just hindsight talkin’.} I let the bread rise a second time while in the pans, and while that was going on, I stuck the SUN OVEN out in the sun to ‘preheat’.

If memory serves correctly, the oven only got up to about 300º F that day, but I stuck the bread in and let it bake for probably close to 1 hour. Bread doesn’t really “brown” in a solar oven, but it did actually turn slightly golden, so I went ahead and pulled it out.

It’s a little tricky (at least for me- since I’m a beginner) to tell when the bread is really done or not, but they looked good, so I let them cool a bit and then turned them out onto a wire cooling rack. And let me tell you… they smelled heavenly!

We went ahead and sliced a loaf up, slathered on a little butter, and oh. my. goodness. It was delicious. Hubby came home from work and had a slice and couldn’t believe that I had made that in the SUN OVEN. He was beyond impressed. (We’re feeling quite a bit more confident about how well we’d fare in an emergency without electricity!) 😀 I’d have to say that for my first experience using a solar oven, this was a definite win!! 🙂 And I’m already thinking of what else I can cook up- without having to heat up my kitchen! 😉
Hope you’re all stayin’ cool!

BIG NEWS! Introducing the Sun Oven!

Hey y’all! I have got some BIG NEWS for you today. I have made the decision (after giving it a lot of thought) to start becoming a distributor for some of the products I really believe in. Why? Not because I need more work to do (heaven’s sakes!!), but because I realized that by doing so, I can pass on some really great savings to you! My number one goal with this site is to help get myself and others prepared. So if I can help by getting you some great rates on some great products, then I’m happy to use this site to do so. Check out the products below, and just know that I will almost always have some sort of fabulous deal going on! It’s just my way of saying ‘Thanks for being a Food Storage & Beyond reader‘. 🙂

So without further ado, I am happy to introduce to you the GLOBAL SUN OVEN®!! This bad boy is so cool! I am so excited to start my inventory off with this product. It is a top of the line, fabulous quality, solar oven. (I’ve wanted one ever since I started my preparedness efforts and learned about solar cooking!) A solar oven is perfect not only for an emergency when you’ve got no electricity (and thereby no oven to cook in), but just for some everyday fun as well: Plan a picnic and cook your dinner at the park; Keep your A/C bills low in the summer and cook outdoors; Never worry about whether or not you’ve got enough fuel or charcoal stored up to be able to cook in an emergency; The list goes on and on!

To learn more about a SUN OVEN® and make a purchase, click on my new ‘SHOP‘ feature up in the Navigation Bar. You can also check out different cooking accessories available (which will ship FREE with the purchase of your oven- although the oven does not ship free).
The cooking accessories are designed to complement the solar oven cooking. When using a solar oven, it is best not to cook with shiny pots and pans (like stainless steel) because they reflect the heat back out of the oven, making it difficult to bring the solar oven up to higher temperatures. Dark, thin-walled pots and pans work better for allowing faster heating and cooking of the food by absorbing and keeping the heat in. So don’t forget to check those out and purchase them in conjunction with your SUN OVEN® to take advantage of their chance to ship free!

AND I am even more happy to announce that I will be offering a fabulous Introductory Price for the launch of this product on my site!! The SUN OVEN® retails for $299, but from now through the end of the year (2010) I will be offering it for $225!!
Can we say ‘Christmas Present’?! 🙂

I will start doing some video tutorials in the near future and offering recipes designed for solar oven cooking to help us all learn more and more about the solar cooking world.

And one last note: I am entirely new to the whole e-commerce world. I’ve tried to get everything set up as customer friendly as possible, as well as trying to make sure there are no kinks in the system. However, please be patient with me and please let me know if you run into any problems or have any suggestions.
Thank you for your patience and Happy Prepping!