Planning a wedding can be quite time consuming and even stressful at times, unfortunately with so many things to do one can feel overwhelmed. Wouldn’t it be lovely to just enjoy the excitement of it all! From the food to the flowers to the decorations. Whether you are food tasting, choosing a dress, or flower picking, wedding planning can be a wonderful and fun experience.
Now what is a wedding article doing on a microwave site? You may ask yourself: how can I possibly use a microwave for my wedding meals and treats? The answer is: of course you can! If it helps you out and gives you more time to do everything else you need to do, of course you can use your microwave oven to help you out. You can make many wedding treats, desserts, as well as entrees and main meals by using your microwave oven. Use your microwave to help you prepare for the bridal shower, for the bachelorette or bachelor party, for engagement parties, and even for the wedding day.
Microwave Wedding Recipes – Treats:
Here are some fun recipes you can use for Wedding Cooking:
Recipe: Chocolate Coated Coconut Balls with an Almond on Top
Serving Size: Makes 26 coconut balls.
- 1 packet (12 ounces) of milk chocolate pieces
- 4 cups of shredded coconut
- 26 natural almonds (whole)
- ¼ of a cup of vegetable shortening
- ¼ of a cup of light corn syrup
- Prepare 2 large cookie sheets by lining with wax paper.
- Set aside a large wire cooling rack. Sit over paper.
Directions for Microwave Cooking:
Step 1: Coconut Balls
- Pour shredded coconut into a large bowl and set aside for the moment.
- Using a microwave safe dish such as a microwavable glass measuring cup (1 cup is enough), pour in the light corn syrup.
- Microwave syrup on high setting until the syrup has boiled (approximately 1 minute).
- As soon as it’s boiled, pour the syrup straight over the shredded coconut in the large bowl.
- Using a wooden spoon (the back works best), work the syrup into the coconut until all of the coconut looks coated in syrup. (It can take a little while to coat thoroughly).
- Grab a measuring tablespoon to begin scooping out the coconut into 1 level tablespoon sections. (Each spoonful will make a ball each. You can either scoop out all the coconut into sections on a temporary tray to then roll into balls, or you can do it as you go: see point 7).
- Shape each tablespoon section of coconut into balls by squeezing it tightly in one hand and then roll into ball using the palms of both hands.
- Place coconut balls on wire racks, leaving about 2 inches of space between them. Leave for approximately 10 minutes to allow them to dry.
- After 10 minutes, re-roll each ball, to tighten any loose coconut and so the coconut stays firmly in place.
Step 2: Chocolate Coating with Almonds
- Move your coconut balls to your prepared cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
- Using a 1 ½ quart or 4 cup microwave safe dish, pour in the milk chocolate pieces and vegetable shortening.
- Microwave chocolate mix on high setting for approximately 1-2 minutes. Desired mixture should be easily stirred to smooth and appears glossy.
- Using a measuring tablespoon, scoop up spoonfuls of the chocolate to place over each coconut ball, using a leveled tablespoon of chocolate per ball. Move fast while mixture is hot and easily poured. Try to cover all of ball as the excess drips onto the cookie sheet.
- Grab your whole almonds and press them gently into your chocolate coated coconut balls, using 1 per ball. Move fast, while coating is soft.
- Leave to stand or place tray in the refrigerator to speed up setting.
Storing: For best results, store in a large or several airtight containers, keeping them at the one layer, in the refrigerator.
Recipe: Apple Pudding Cake
Serving Size: Makes approximately 8 servings.
- 2 ½ cups of apples (peeled & sliced) or 1 can (20 oz) of sliced apples (drained)
- 1 ¾ cups of apple juice or cider
- A separate 1/3 cup of apple juice or cider
- 1 cup of brown sugar (firmly packed)
- 1 cup of flour (all purpose).
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
- ¼ teaspoon of baking soda
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- Optional: ¼ teaspoon of salt
- Using a medium sized mixing bowl, place the flour, baking powder, baking soda and ½ a cup of the brown sugar and mix together.
- Add in the vanilla extract, vegetable oil and the separate 1/3 cup of apple juice or cider.
- Mix well together until mixture is smooth.
- Slowly add in the cinnamon and sliced apples while mixing together gently.
Directions for Microwave Cooking:
- Pour mixture into an 8 inch square glass microwave-safe baking dish and spread evenly.
- Sprinkle the remaining sugar over the mixture.
- Pour the 1 ¾ cups of apple juice or cider over the mixture slowly.
- Microwave mixture for 12 minutes on High (full-power setting) or until cake looks and tests cooked. Whilst cooking, turn dish at 3 minute intervals.
Directions for Oven Cooking:
- Pour mixture into a 9 inch square baking pan and spread evenly.
- Sprinkle the rest of the sugar over the batter.
- Slowly pour the 1 ¾ cups of apple juice or cider over the batter.
- Set oven to 350 degrees F and bake for approximately 55 minutes or until cake is cooked.
- Allow to cool slightly before serving.
- Optional: serve with whipped cream or frozen yogurt.
One of my friends, Betty, had quite the wedding experience. From what could have been an absolute disaster and disappointing affair, turned into a very unique and memorable event. And it was thanks to a few microwaves and some handy microwave wedding recipes! I asked her to write a little about it, to share her story with us:
My Wedding Disaster Turned Around With 10 Minute Recipes
My niece (older than me) had everything for her wedding absolutely perfect. From the dress to the flowers the wedding was fabulous, and one that I was slightly jealous of even though my own was fantastic. There was only one problem that would have made the entire thing an absolute disaster. The wedding reception was to take place in a local dance hall and all of the food that was catered was delivered there an hour before the wedding bells rung. During the I Do’s the dance hall had caught on fire and everything inside was burning, including chairs, tables, everything. The wedding reception looked like it wasn’t going to happen and everyone was sad as could be. A friend of the newly wed husband happened to have a large estate just outside of the city and quickly said that we could take the reception there. The only issue was food. The catering company said that it would bring us half of the food that we lost, but that wasn’t enough.
When we got to the estate a friend of mine said we can cook the remaining food, but the bride said that would take all night. The argument went on for just a few minutes until I walked in and said that we could easily use the microwave to push down the time by hours. So the bride and most of the guests went outside and put up the dance floor and a makeshift area for the band and everyone helped to make the place look great in under half an hour. While the women inside brainstormed what we needed for everyone to have a fantastic meal, and of course we simply ordered a new cake as fast as possible (generic, not the perfect cake that she picked out, but one that worked nonetheless).
We brought in three microwaves, half a van of ingredients and refreshments, tons of ice all over the place and we got to work. Within 1 hour we had prepared half of what our 3 hour goal was and we were so excited that we had already been able to make so much. The catered food was brought in just then and we started putting all of the food on the table inside the garage. This was turning out to be great because the owner also had ponies and the kids were playing with the ponies and some video games in the living room while most of the guests were outside with the music and the fidgety bride and groom awaiting dinner.
About an hour later we had literally replaced all of the food that was lost and we prepared the table. When everyone was invited in the bride and groom were the first in the door and the bride started crying and thanking everyone for turning around a complete disaster for her wedding day and how lucky she was to have us around. The microwave saves the day again with corn on the cob, potatoes, and even some seafood dishes. There were a lot more small dishes that we whipped up, but the look on her face showed that she would never forget that day, even more so since it was rather unorthodox to boot.