By Janelle Bitker
Stephanie Nuccitelli took full advantage of the heat wave on Sunday. She used her car as an oven and baked a batch of chocolate chip cookies.
It sort of worked. Nuccitelli, the Sacramento-based baker behind the popular 52 Kitchen Adventures blog, put a couple trays on the dashboard at 2 p.m., when it was 102 degrees outside and 210 degrees inside her car.
"Next time I will start earlier, because a few hours later is was only 175 in the car and that slowed the cooking process down," she said.
After about five hours, the cookies were crispy on top and undercooked beneath, which is ideal for someone like Nuccitelli who enjoys a doughy cookie. On another triple-digit afternoon, she'll make some tweaks and blog about her findings.
"On a really hot day, you don't want to use the oven, so this is one way to satisfy a cookie craving," she said.
It probably smells great, too.
July 3 UPDATE: Nuccitelli went at it again with great success. Her biggest tips? Start early, use just a little bit of dough per cookie and don't line the baking sheet. Read why on her blog.
PHOTO COURTESY OF STEPHANIE NUCCITELLI