The sights of Fall are truly breathtaking in many parts of the country but some people take pleasure in the smells of the season more than the sights. I speak mostly about my boys, who seem to be always hungry. My youngest is starting to enter the bottomless pit/hollow leg stage. I get it – the smell of hot chili, pumpkin spice and apples fill the air. I make no apologies for adding to the aromas. The smell of apples baking along with cool air are almost better than looking at all those beautiful trees. I mean really, who wants to rake all those leaves anyway?
You might think it’s time to put up the Sun Oven and start up those camp fires, and way up North (like in Alaska) that might make sense, but for the rest of us that live in drought-ridden areas or those of us that live in areas (Texas) where the outdoor season is just getting started using the Sun Oven still beats a fire for cooking. After all it’s fuel efficient, as in it needs only the sun. There is no mess to clean-up, no ashes or charcoal to scoop. And, it’s the safest method of cooking, nothing burns except your hands if you touch the hot parts, but the food never burns. You don’t have to watch the Sun Oven every minute to make sure you have a safe environment.
Apple Souffle In The Sun Oven
1 1/2 c apples (I like honeycrisp)
5-6 pieces of bread (cubed)
1 1/4 c apple juice
1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 t nutmeg
1 T maple syrup
1 T molasses
1 t vanilla
14 oz soft tofu (you can use eggs–9 large eggs)
1/2 c raisins
Preheat the Sun Oven for about 30 minutes. In a 9×9 dark (remember, stainless steel reflects) or glass pan place apples on the bottom. Place bread on top of apples. Mix dates, juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, maple syrup, molasses, vanilla, and tofu in a high powered blender. Blend well. Pour over apple and bread. Sprinkle raisins on top. Cook covered for 3 hours or until apples are soft and tofu is firm.
The uncooked souffle going into the Sun Oven.
I use a cookie sheet to cover the souffle.
Just place it right on top. Yeah, my cookie sheet looks dirty, but I promise it’s not! We have such hard water around these parts that it’s really frustrating. I even took this pan in and scrubbed it with vinegar. I think it needs to soak for a bit. Anyway, don’t look at my hard water spots, please. What do they say? Only real friends can come over when your house is a mess… or your pans have water spots? Glad you came over!
Here is a close-up of the finished apple souffle. Now, if I can just hide it from my boys until it cools off and I have a chance to have a taste. Wish me luck!
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