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There are many occasions when you would like to bake but do not have an oven such as camping, on a boat or if your home only has a cook top. The stove top oven will cook items just like a regular oven and no one will know the difference.

Stove/Cook top
Heavy bottomed pan such as a Dutch oven or saucepan
Empty tuna can or similar metal item or 2-4 cups clean sand
Large baking pan, mixing bowl or Dutch oven cover
Propane torch (optional)

Prepare the item you need to bake as usual.
Set heavy bottomed pan on cook top.
Place tuna can into the heavy bottomed pan. (Sand can be used in place of the pan. The sand can be cooled and stored in between uses).
Heavy bottomed pan with small tart pan inside

Place item on top of the heavy bottomed pan. For items such as cakes, it is best to preheat the pan for 2-3 minutes before placing item inside so that baking can start immediately.
Cake batter placed in preheated pan

Cover with other pan to make a fairly tight seal.
Cake baking inside oven

Check your item to ensure it is cooking evenly. Adjust temperature as needed. If the item is scorching at the bottom, reduce the temperature.

Finished items may not brown all the way over. If you need a brown top, use a small propane torch to move back and forth over the top.
Finished item

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