The Multi Purpose Baking Stone
I don’t know about you but I have quite a few single or dual purpose kitchen gadgets that sit around collecting dust most of the time. Since I don’t want to get rid of them I’ve been trying to think of other ways to use them.
For example we bought a baking stone for bread. Shortly after that we discovered a dutch oven bread recipe that we prefer more… Pizza is an obvious alternative and we make that about once every couple weeks. Cookies on the other hand are made about once a week here.
Neither J. or I had made cookies on a baking stone before and we struck out in trying to find any recipes. The Pampered Chef baking stone comes with a recipe book but our baking stone did not. After doing a little searching online it seemed like we could treat the baking stone like a baking sheet but we were hesitant. After all a baking stone is going to conduct heat a lot differently than a metal sheet.
But it worked! We followed this recipe almost to the letter. The only thing we changed was the baking time. It took about 5-7 minutes longer per batch. If you try to remove them before they are done you will find it almost impossible. You will also want to let the baking stone cool off a bit in between batches and possibly reduce the time for the second batch as the stone will be warmer than it was with the first batch. The cookies came out amazing! I prefer cakey cookies to chewy ones and these had a crisper outside but a nice cakey/chewy inside that I don’t think you could duplicate on a metal sheet.
What do you use your baking stone for?