On a hot summer day, can you bake on the dashboard of your car? Yes, you can!!
With the car doors and windows shut, and the summer sun shining, the car can act like an oven. During a particularly hot afternoon while I was travelling in Texas I thought I'd give this idea a try. I've experimented with cooking in cars before with the car-b-que, cooking savory dinner on the engine manifold and muffler, and now I've successfully made tasty desserts on the hot dashboard!
Making dashboard cookies is actually very easy, needing only to cook the egg in the cookie dough mix to be safe to eat. According to eggsafety.org:
It is important to cook eggs thoroughly to destroy bacteria... For eggs, the white will coagulate (set) between 144 and 149° F, the yolk between 149 and 158° F, and whole egg between 144 and 158° F.
With temperatures reaching 107°F (41°C) outside, I knew the dashboard of my rental car would be hotter, and be perfect to make freshly baked goodies while I was seeking shelter somewhere there was air conditioning (and possibly a frosty beverage).
Step 1: Supplies
- summer heat like the fire of a thousand suns (or, Texas in summer)
- non-stick cookie sheets
- parchment paper
- packaged cookie dough