First of all, happy new year!!! 2016 has gone by really fast and I am grateful for the past year.  I’m so excited for what 2017 has in store! One of my resolutions is to blog more often, crossing my fingers I’ll be able to do that~

Anyway, my holiday week off has been very hectic so I wasn’t able to blog as much as I want to. Apologize! But before I go back to reality tomorrow and start working again (sigh), I would like to share with you that I’ve finally tried baking using my new Steam Combination oven!

I wasn’t really confident in posting this since my photos are so low quality, but I’m so excited to share it with you and I just need to stop giving excuses to not blog. Also, have you ever tried taking photos in the midst of baking? It’s very difficult! There are so many moments where I’m just like “DAMN IT I FORGOT TO TAKE A PHOTO OF THAT” hahahahha my phone is so greasy after this baking session!

I leave the high quality photos to professional food bloggers out there hihi

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Yes that’s me and our living room’s reflection.

Say hi to my new Steam Combination Oven!!! In case it’s your first time hearing the term, Steam Combination (or combi steam, steam convection, whatever lol) oven is an oven that can use convection or steam for cooking your food. You can also set it to use both convection and steam. Whichever you prefer! I’m no professional in this and to be honest I was amazed too lol.

The oven that I got is Panasonic’s “Cubie” oven or SC100W. I won this at my company’s Christmas wishlist/raffle draw! I actually lost at my first choice (a TV) and I believe no one else wished for this oven which is my second choice so I got it! My tita self won! Hahahahhaha. I believe it was meant to be since I wished for my own oven ever since I was in High School!

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Since I am just new to the world of baking–especially steam + convection baking, I didn’t focus yet on making the cookies from scratch. I figured I should familiarize myself first on how my oven works. It’s not easy to find recipes that are made particularly for steam convection cooking; most of the time you have to do the conversion yourself (conventional to convectional). But I found few ones that help.Steam And Bake is one of my top reads, can’t wait for her cookbook!!! Pinterest also helps a lot.

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I don’t have an ice cream scooper for portioning so I have to just try my best to make the cookies symmetrical to each other.

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I baked my cookies at 170 degrees for 11 minutes minimum and put the tray on the lower rack.

On my first try, I only baked them for 8 minutes. I got really excited so I kept on taking them out of the oven even if they’re still raw!

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Assymetrical, raw cookies. First batch sucked so bad!

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Then it got better and better. 😁 My mom was waiting for each batch and also nagged me about my first one but after the second batch she kept on sneaking and getting one! Hahhahahaha

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The cookies were crispy outside but chewy inside. 😍 Personally, I like my cookies very chewy! But I don’t mind when the edges are also crispy. I also learned that cookies are soft at first. You’ll see the real texture of the cookie once it cools down. I had to learn that after breaking maybe 5 of them? lol

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Blurry photo of what the cookies looked inside. (Good job, me 😑)

Can’t wait to explore more features and bake more using this oven so I can share it with you! Hope this didn’t make you crave some 🍪. Hihi

With Choco Chip goodness,

Kristel

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