Category Archives: Alternative cooking devices

Cinnamon bun day!

Every year on October 4th we Swedes celebrate Cinnamon Bun Day. As you will see, in this special cinnamon bun post, I have baked many different types these last couple of years. 

Time

That depends on the device you use and if you bake from scratch. But at least a couple of hours.

Ingredients

  • 1 package of instant dough. Or google another recipe if you’d like to bake from scratch.
  • Lots of butter
  • Lots of sugar
  • Lots of cinnamon
  • Pearl sugar

Instructions

The preparations for all of the different sorts are the same. Just read the instant dough package when preparing the dough.

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I prefer to buy those packages of instant dough because I think it’s boring to make a dough from scratch and it takes forever.

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This is the heart of cinnamon buns. Cinnamon, sugar and butter.

 

The oven baked ones:

Most people now bake the buns in their oven and I’ve tried that as well. I burned them.

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Oven baked ones.

It sure is boring to oven bake cinnamon buns so here’s some other, more fun, types.

 

The sandwich grill baked ones:

Place the buns into the sandwich grill. Press.

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Butter up before.

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Tadaa! Baking time: Just a couple of minutes. A great way to bake the buns!

 

The coffee maker baked ones:

I’ve baked three different types of cinnamon buns with my coffee maker…

1. The pizza sized model.

Shape it like a small pizza in size of the coffee maker heater. Place it onto the buttered coffee maker heater.

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This is Zappa’s favorite. Baking time: 30 minutes.

2. The praline sized model.

Shape the like a small sized cinnamon bun. Place them onto the buttered coffee maker heater.

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Cute, huh? Baking time: 20 minutes.

3. And of course the normal sized model.

Shape the like a normal sized cinnamon bun. Place them onto the buttered coffee maker heater.

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Iggy was in charge of baking this one. Baking time: 30 minutes.

Now to my favorite way of baking cinnamon buns…

 

The hair cruncher baked ones:

I don’t know the English name of this device… Hair cruncher? Hair waffler? Place the bun between the waffled shaped arms. Press.

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Baking time: A couple of minutes.

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I just love the shape of them!

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Do I even have to explain how lovely your hair will smell the next time you will waffle your hair? Way better than after making this recipe

Which one is your favorite?

Photo: Dan Sörensen.

How to waffle your steak to perfection

Well since it’s the International (?) Waffle Day, here’s another blog post that’s totally suitable for this day. A recipe of a minute steak that’s fried with a hair waffle iron and served with coffee maker cooked pasta. Yummie!cooking with your coffee maker

Time

  • Only about half an hour!

Ingredients

  • Minute steak
  • Fresh pasta
  • Crème fraîche preferably with some flavor (I used honey and goat cheese flavored)
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1 red onion
  • Cucumber
  • Butter
  • Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions

Grease the minute steak and chop the onion and the bell pepper. Add pasta and a dash of oil in the coffee maker carafe, pour water into the brewer and a pinch of salt in the filter thingy. Start your coffee maker and plug in your hair waffle iron.

Let the pasta cook for about ten to fifteen minutes. Drain and add butter, crème fraîche, bell pepper and onion into the carafe and mix this together. Season and heat it some more on the coffee maker whilst cooking your minute steak.

Place the minute steak between the two waffle iron arms. Press firmly. Proceed until the whole steak is cooked and got a nice color. Season with salt and pepper. It’s super smart to cook with your hair waffler like this because you can choose to have your steak well done on some parts and raw on some parts.

Turn of your coffee maker and unplug your hair waffler.

Serve the pasta hash with the perfectly waffled minute steak and with some sliced cucumber.cooking with your coffee maker

Pour water into the brewer.
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“Teh meat smells purrfect!”

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Now that’s a nice and juicy armpit vagina!

Photo: Dan Sörensen.

Lucia saffron bun special!

Tonight is a big night in Sweden. It’s the “Lussevaka”! Probably 95% of the swedes sits up all night, eating these saffron buns, drinking glögg (mulled wine) and waiting for the Lucia parade to enter and sing the same songs all over again – year after year in really high pitched scary voices. And everybody is like “OOOOooh, that was so beauuuutiful!” afterwards. But, no, it’s not! It sounds horrible. I’m not fond of this tradition at all, I get a bit freaked out from the Lucia parades. OK maybe when kids do it (I guess it could be fun for some of the kids, it sure wasn’t fun for me growing up though), but when adults do it that just gives me the creeps. Adults, you should know better.

My first anxiety attacks started very early in school, maybe in first grade or so, when we had to “perform” in these stupid Lucia parades. I thought it was super awkward, didn’t like the songs (mimed them all when the teachers told me that I couldn’t just stand there and that I had to sing) and we had to read weird poems about baby Jesus, elfs and stuff like “The midwinter night is cold and intense. The stars are shimmering and glittering.” And it was always someone in the Lucia parade that fainted (haha, I just read this article – it says that FIFTEEN children in that parade fainted). I don’t now why I hated it so much already in those early years, but the feeling has stuck with me all these years.

I could go on and on about this, but let’s talk about how to bake different Lucia saffron bun stuff on the coffee maker AND/OR a hair curler instead.

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This Lucia saffron swirl comes with a cat hair. Can you see it?

Time

It depends on what kind of saffron bun you are baking, and how many – but about 3 hours

Ingredients

(For many saffron buns)

  • ½ pt yeast for sweet doughs
  • 100 g butter
  • 3 dl milk
  • 1 ½ dl sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 12 dl flour
  • 1 packet saffron (maybe a bit more if you can afford it)
  • Raisins
  • Butter

Instructions

Start the coffee maker. Put the butter in the can and melt it. Then add the milk and wait until it become lukewarm. Crumble the yeast and stir. Add sugar, saffron, salt and egg and pour everything into a large bowl. Turn off the coffeemaker.

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Mix the flour into the bowl, a little at a time, and knead (?! this is a difficult recipe for me to translate;) ) until the dough is nice and smooth. Set the dough to prove for 45 minutes under a kitchen towel.

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Leave the dough to prove in a warm place.

Now I have two different ways of cooking these saffron breads – on the hair curler (Lucia saffron swirls) or on the coffee maker (Lucia saffron discs) of course. See instructions below.

Lucia saffron swirls (Lussesnurror)

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Form the dough like a sausage and flatten it. Swirl the flat dough sausage around the curling iron and leave it until it’s baked properly. I guess the time factor depends a lot on what hair curler you use. I have an old, almost useless hair curler so I had to leave it for about 50 minutes.

Serve the Lucia saffron swirl together with mulled wine.

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Multitaskingbaking!

Lucia saffron discs (Lusseplattor)

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Shape the dough into discs that are the same size as the coffee maker plate. Press the raisins in the saffron discs, if desired. Leave the saffron discs to prove for another half an hour under a towel.

Start the coffee maker and click a small piece of butter on the plate. When it is melted place a saffron disc on the plate and cook it for 15-20 minutes on each side, or until it got a nice golden color (do not forget it, then it becomes black). Repeat until you don’t want to spend more time on this shit and bake the remaining dough in the oven instead. Turn off the coffeemaker.

Serve the Lucia saffron discs with absolutely nothing else than mulled wine.

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Proving of the Lucia saffron discs.

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Baking of the Lucia saffron discs.

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A newly sterilized Lucia saffron cat cat.

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Another cat balancing a Lucia saffron cat on its head. Focused or what?

Photo: Dan Sörensen.

 

I rest my case…

Alternative cooking devices

You probably know by now that the coffee maker is an excellent little machine to cook food with. I’ve also tried some other appliances just for fun. One of the first one was the toaster. It was many, many years ago I heard that it works just fine to roast fish sticks in a toaster, haven’t you heard that as well? Well it doesn’t work just fine. Of all the thingies I’ve cooked with, the toaster is by far the worst one. When me and Dan first were dating I borrowed his toaster when he was away somewhere. I wanted to try an experiment… Which kitchenware cooks fish sticks best of a toaster and a coffee maker?

Clear winner:The coffee maker.

The fish sticks fell into the toaster, you can’t clean a toaster, everything after fish stick toaster cooking will smell like fish sticks. Eventually the toaster will start to smoke heavily and you’ll have to throw it away. I still owe Dan a toaster.

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This is how the fish sticks looked like after toaster cooking. Rest of them fell into the toaster.

Nuff said about the worthless toaster. Let’s go on to the next alternative cooking supply – the iron.

I got invited to a Swedish TV-show and they wanted me to do a whole easter buffet in live TV. I tried to tell them that it takes a really long time to cook in a coffee maker so they said i could use 10 different coffee makers and a couple of irons. Crazy! I turned the invitation down (and they got furious!!) but I got curious about the iron cooking. Was at my parents’ place at the time and since they had forbidden me from cooking in their washing machine I figured that it was OK that I borrowed their iron (they were at work).

I’ll show you more from the recipe in another post, but the preparations looked something like this.

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Wanted to put oil in the water thingy so you could spray the burger with it, but since it wasn’t my iron I didn’t do it.

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Looks yummie, doesn’t it?! It wasn’t. (the bread was old). But it worked!

Next one – the dishwasher.
Before I started to cook in my coffee maker I tried to cook salmon in foil in the dishwasher and it came out perfect! Put the salmon (or other fish) in foil, maybe together with vegetables and onion, season and add some olive oil and then put it in the dishwasher. When the dish is clean the fish is ready. Also made another recipe not so long ago with minced meat. Will show you that as well in another post later on.
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Freshly out from the dishwasher

And you can bake for example cinnamon buns in a bread roaster…
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These were super delicious. Recipe another time… ;)

I tried to use a vacuum cleaner once, but more as an accessory to the coffee maker:
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Sous vide cooking with coffee maker and vacuum cleaner!

And now we continue with all the different hair devices.
The hair dryer (also accessory):
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Chili roasted pecans. Great recipe that I will show you more about in later post.

The hair curler:

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Baked a couple of different kinds of breads with the hair curler. This is the “Lussesnurra”. This is a Swedish (I think) christmas bread.

And we also have the hair straightener:
 
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Great for baking breads.

And my favorite hair device – the hair waffler:

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I like this picture because my arm pit looks like a girl’s vagina.

I think that’s all the alternative cooking devices for now (and you’ll get all of these recipes in later posts. ). As you can see I’ve cooked with lots of stuff. But none of the above are as good and versatile as this little fellow… The coffee maker!
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Which one would you like to try? I would really like to cook in a washing machine…

Photo: Dan Sörensen.