Where’s the Challenge in That?

I have a new oven.  You can set the temperature to within 5 degrees, and it stays, continuously, at that temperature, neither shooting up to 600 degrees nor dropping down to 150 degrees.  Also you can set the timer to the exact number of minutes the recipe calls for, without guessing how much english to put on the twist of the dial to achieve an accurate time.   If the cookie recipe says 8 minutes, then you click through the digital numbers til you get to 8, and walk away.

I made a loaf of bread that turned out nicely browned, top and bottom.  I made a batch of cookies, pulling sheet after sheet of perfectly done cookies out of the oven after 8 minutes at precisely 350 degrees had worked its magic.

It’s wonderful, but I’ve lost that sporting–nay, elemental–feeling of one woman pitted against an oven with a mind of its own.  Baking used to be like hunting.  Maybe you’d end up with food for the family, maybe not.  I griped and sulked when, so often, something burned at the unsuspected 600 degrees or languished in an oven that had unaccountably dropped to lukewarm, but I have to say that when something I baked turned out right, it was because I had overcome the opposition through constant vigilance and quick reactions.

No doubt I’ll soon be taking this ease of baking for granted, and maybe I’ll try harder recipes to make up for the lack of challenge at the functional level.  Right now I confess I sort of miss my old avocado green adversary.


About katiekind

Enjoying the second half of life. I have three sons who are the apples of my eye and a wonderful husband of 35 years--those are the important things. Long ago, out of the blue, I became a Christian. It was something I never planned on, but what joy it has been. I do website development and I like to read and garden and paint and I love beauty and truth.
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4 Responses to Where’s the Challenge in That?

  1. kc says:

    ha! I have one of those tricky ovens right now. usually, things come out undone – directions say to cook for 15 min? better give it 30!

  2. kara says:

    You are hilarious! Enjoy the new oven. I’m sure, over time, it will develop quirks of its own and you’ll have an adversary again :)

  3. kara says:

    I was so distracted by your oven that I forgot to wish you a happy birthday! YAY!! Happy birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day. Hey, you can probably bake yourself a cake and have it turn out just right!

  4. Leah says:

    Hurray for new ovens! I bet you’ll make up for the lack of challenge by multi-tasking website design (or something) while baking that perfect souffle’.

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