This Hotel Bakes Chocolate Chip Cookies Right on the Beach


Relaxing on a sunny beach in Puerto Rico really isn’t complete without an ice-cold cocktail in hand. But what about fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies? For guests at the Dorado Beach, a Ritz Carlton Reserve hotel about 45 minutes from San Juan, Puerto Rico, that’s very much a reality. Except, the cookies aren’t baked in a kitchen oven and then shuttled to chaise lounges; they’re baked outside, courtesy of a solar oven set in the sand, right next to those loungers. Sara Welsh, the manager who spearheads the resort’s Ambassadors of the Environment initiative, filled us in on how the whole thing works.

The solar oven, a purchase from Sun Ovens International, heats up to between 300 and 400 degrees. According to Welsh, “It concentrates all the light and energy from the sun.” The inside is painted black and the contraption has a glass lid to keep the heat inside. The outside is metal, “like what people use for tanning,” she explains. “The metal helps focus those rays in the center.”

To channel those sun rays, Welsh aims the center toward the sun. “It’s sort of like a sundial in that way,” she says. “We have to keep an eye on it to make sure it’s focused as much on the sun as possible. You don’t really have a choice about what temperature you want it to be.”

The Sun Oven pre-heating for cookie baking. Photo: Adam Goldberg/@alifewortheating

Cookies Like Tanning, Too
Like any oven, it needs to pre-heat. Welsh usually positions it in direct sunlight about 30 minutes before she wants to put the batter in. Once she’s ready to get those cookies going, it takes another 30 minutes to bake. Unless it’s on a rare, overcast day; in that case, Welsh may seek …read more

Source:: Bon Appetit