For those who don’t know me very well, I am a former pastry chef with a degree from Johnson & Wales University in baking and pastry arts. In other words, I like to bake and I wasn’t going to let the RV stop me. In the first few weeks of travel in our new RV, I got right to it. My biggest concern was that the little RV oven doesn’t keep an even temperature. This is bad for baking. If you know the science of baking, ingredients need to be a certain temperature in order to do their thing in the process of baking. I put these concerns to the side and jumped right in! What did I bake, you ask? Blueberry muffins and oatmeal chocolate chip craisin cookies! Both came out delicious and perfect. I can’t wait to keep baking all my favorite recipes.
Here are a few tips for baking in your RV oven:
- Put a pizza stone or stone tile in your oven. Put it right above the heating element. This will help keep the temperature more even and prevent burning on the bottom. You can find these at many kitchen stores or big box stores like Target, Walmart, etc.
- Obviously, you’ll need small bake ware. Buy a 6 muffin tin and a small brownie pan for baking cookies, brownies and bars. You’ll only get 6 cookies on a sheet, but they come out beautifully. They sell these smaller pans in lots of stores and online. You may even already have a brownie pan that works just fine for cookies too! Amazon has many to choose from. Camping world also sells one. You can probably also find it at Walmart, Target, Homegoods, etc. or any store you usually like to buy home stuff.
- Buy an oven thermometer to know when the temperature is correct. Your oven may vary and you may need to adjust the knob to show the correct temperature inside by 25-50 degrees up or down.
- Have fun! Baking in a small kitchen can be done. It takes a little longer, but the result is just as tasty. Plus, it’s still FUN!
Here is my favorite cookie recipe. I have been making these since I was a kid with my dad. You can make them with traditional raisins or use craisins, like I do. Either way they are delicious.
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (I got about 24 small cookies from this recipe)
4 oz butter (1 stick)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 granulated sugar
Cream butter and sugar together.
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Add the egg and vanilla to the butter/sugar.Mix well.
3/4 cup AP flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
pinch of salt
Combine all the flour, baking soda, and spices. Add to the butter/sugar mixture.
1 1/2 cups oats
1/2 cup raisins or raisins
chocolate chips, if desired
Add the oats and raisins/chocolate chips. Mix together.
Put tablespoon size batter mounds on the cookie/brownie pan. Space them apart from one another only putting 6 on the pan as they will spread out a little.
Bake 10-12 minutes.
Repeat until you have baked all the cookie batter. EAT AND ENJOY!