Saturday, February 1, 2020

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

REVIEW: Breville Smart Oven Air

I had a member of our private Facebook group, Mrs. Plant Community, ask me questions about the Breville Smart Oven Air, and I realized what a helpful blog post this would make! I've owned mine now since June 8 of 2017, so I think I am qualified to offer you an honest review of it. 😀

First, let me tell you all of the PROS:
  • Multiple settings makes this an all-in-one appliance--allowing you to own less appliances. For example, you don't have to own a separate dehydrator, toaster oven, or air fryer because the Breville Smart Oven Air contains all of these features in one. All together, it's probably less expensive than buying high-quality versions of each of these appliances.
  • The air-fryer basket is large! I was never able to air-fry as many items in a traditional air-fryer at once as I am able in the Breville Smart Oven Air.  I love to air-fry tofu, tempeh, potatoes, and more in this oven. Learn which temperatures to use for certain items, and you will love this more than a standard air dryer.
  • It produces less heat in the kitchen and warms up way faster than a traditional oven. I ONLY use my oven if I am cooking a super large batch of something or need to use a pan that won't fit in the Breville Smart Oven Air. A 13x9 pan fits in this appliance!
  • Preheating is fast! I can't stand how long it takes my traditional Whirlpool oven to get to temperature. The Breville Smart Oven Air preheats super quickly!
  • It has a really nice crumb tray. The tray slides out easily for duping the crumbs. It should be cleaned often, though. I would imagine if you cooked with oil that oil drips might stick to this aluminum tray.
  • You can cook with or without convection. The Breville Smart Oven Air has the ability to cook traditionally--without any convection (air flow pushing the heat around), with convection, and with SUPER CONVECTION (air-fry mode). 
  • It has a ROOMY interior! I have baked brownies in a 13x9 pan in the Breville Smart Oven Air, as well as toasted 6 big slices of Dave's Killer Bread at once. 
  • Dehydrating herbs is fast and easy! I will mention my criticisms of the dehydrator feature in the CONS below, but I have to say that dehydrating herbs (cilantro, parsley, dill, etc.) is SUPER FAST in the Breville Smart Oven Air. I just lay out the herbs on the air-fryer tray, set the appliance to the dehydrator setting at 115 degrees, and they come out dried but still green and beautiful. NOTE: Always make sure herbs are FULLY DRY before storing them or they will develop mold.
  • Lots of removable racks! There are three metal racks AND and air-fryer tray--all of which can be moved around or removed. 
  • Reheating is fast and easy! When you have leftovers and want to reheat them in an oven versus the microwave to retain texture, the Breville Smart Oven Air is fast and doesn't dry out the food. I like to reheat pizza and leftover casserole slices in it because I can get the edges crispy again--which is the way I like them.

and now, the CONS:
  • The dehydrator is not as good as using an Excalibur dehydrator, but I wasn't expecting it to be. If you want to dehydrate occasionally, this feature is fine. It isn't going to dehydrate trays and trays of fruit in the time an Excalibur would, but for small, single-try jobs, it's fine. It still takes a long time like any dehydrator, but eventually, you get the same result. I like it best for dehydrating herbs (see above bullet point under PROS) because it works fast.
  • The outer surface spots up easily. Even when you wipe down the outer surface of the Breville Smart Oven Air often, it does leave some spotting and marking. Be careful to read the directions for WHAT to clean it with and how often, so yours doesn't end up looking like mine. Also, it is virtually impossible to get the glass perfectly clean if you have any baked-on mess occur.
  • Even though it's big, it's still not a full-size oven. So, you have to keep your eye on foods you are baking so they don't burn or get too dry quickly. Also, you may need to experiment with which rack to place items on for best cooking results.
  • Quite a bit of counter space is taken up with this large appliance. If you hardly have any counter space, this might not be the appliance for you. The product dimensions are: 21.4 x 17.2 x 12.8 inches, so take that into consideration. If your kitchen is not a tiny one, it should be fine. This could also be the perfect replacement for an oven in an RV or Tiny House.

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

No-Bake Cookies [gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan]

1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/2 cup maple syrup or bee-free honee
1/8 t salt
3 T cocoa powder
1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
1 cup organic corn flakes
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips (optional)

In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the peanut butter, maple syrup/honee, salt, and cocoa powder, stirring constantly until combined well. Keep cooking and stirring until small bubbles begin to form along the edges. Turn off heat and add in oats and cornflakes; stir well to combine. Drop mixture by spoonfuls onto a pan covered with wax or parchment paper. If desired, melt chocolate chips in microwave at 70% for 1-3 minutes or until melted. Stir well, then drizzle over cookies. Place cookies in the refrigerator to chill for 1-3 hours. Store in the refrigerator or freezer in an airtight container.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Homemade Oil-Free Pizza Dough

Makes one 13-inch round pizza or one 12x17 rectangle

1 ½ cups King Arthur unbleached bread flour
¾ cup King Arthur white whole wheat flour
½ t salt
½ t active dry yeast
3 T aquafaba (liquid from a can of chickpeas)
1 cup warm water
1 t maple syrup or coconut sugar

Preheat oven to the lowest setting (usually 175 degrees F) then TURN OVEN OFF as soon as it hits temperature.

In a standing mixer (preferably with a stainless steel bowl), mix together the flours, salt, and yeast.
Add in the liquid ingredients and mix until all of the dough pulls away from the sides and forms a ball. This should happen in about 30-45 seconds after mixing. If it is still too sticky (and won’t release on its own from the sides of the bowl), add 1 T of either flour. If it is too dry (not sticky), add 1 T of water. Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel and place in the TURNED OFF oven for 1 ½ hours. The dough will not gain a significant amount of rise during this time. Don’t panic.
Degass the dough by punching it down a couple of times. Place the bowl (covered with a towel) with the dough back into the TURNED OFF oven for a second rise (another 1 ½ hours). Since there is not a lot of yeast in this dough, it is not going to rise like bread dough would.

Preheat your oven as high as it will go (usually 550 degrees F).
Choose your baking sheet and liberally sprinkle flour on it. Dampen your hands with water. Pick up the ball of dough and flatten it into a disc with your hands as you rotate the dough. Position the dough so it is resting on the back of your hands and slightly pull your hands out as you rotate the dough. When you get to the point of where you think the dough might tear, place it on the baking sheet and pull it into formation so it’s about 13 inches in diameter. Do not crimp the edges of the dough; It will create an edge for you during baking.

Add sauce and toppings (pre-cooked or roasted toppings helps tremendously). Bake for 15-20 minutes until the crust turns golden brown with some darker spots. Rotate the pizza 180 degrees after about 7 minutes. Allow pizza to cool about 10 minutes before serving.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Creamy Coco-Banana-Peanut Butter Oats

1/2 cup organic old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup water
1 frozen banana, chopped
1 T cacao powder
1 T natural peanut butter (no added oil, salt, or sugar)
1 T ground flaxseeds
Molasses to drizzle on top (optional)

Mix everything (except molasses) together in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat for about 5.minutes. add a little more water if desired. Top with a drizzle of organic unsulphered molasses and a splash of plant-based milk if you desire.