Eating Easy-Bake Oven brownies and New York hot dog cart soft pretzels are largely the same experience: The excitement from your sky-high anticipation falls sharply with the first overly doughy bite. But one brave BuzzFeed staffer, Sarah Burton, decided to try cooking for a week with the classic 80s toy, driven by more than just nostalgia.
As Burton found out while perusing Amazon, you can now cook pizza in your Easy-Bake Oven. Makers of the toy also replaced the light bulb with an LED light, which--theoretically--should allow new versions of the miniature oven to reach temperatures of 375 degrees F. With high hopes for the changes, she launched into three days of meals made with Easy-Bake packages including pretzels, chocolate chip cookies, and the eye-catching pizza. The products of her efforts varied wildly.
Here's how the not-so-delicious treats turned out:
Here’s what the pizza bird bites looked like...Posted by BuzzFeed on Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Here’s what the pizza bird bites looked like...
I cooked with an Easy-Bake Oven for a week and here's what happened // http://bzfd.it/1IOsfnOPosted by BuzzFeed Food on Monday, September 7, 2015
I cooked with an Easy-Bake Oven for a week and here's what happened // http://bzfd.it/1IOsfnO
Although the packaged meals received sub-par ratings from Burton, the recipes she tried from a dietitian turned out surprisingly well--even if they looked a bit different for their abnormal preparation. Her final attempt with a dietitian-crafted recipe for skinny sweet potato tarts actually took well to the toy oven treatment. Check out the full details of her experience and steal some of the diet expert-approved recipes (like skinny Cajun meatballs and the tasty-looking tarts)--but maybe make them in your regular oven.
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