American expat uses Qatar’s blazing heat to bake cookies

August 18, 2010

An American expatriate used Qatar’s blazing heat to turn her car into an oven and make car-baked cookies.

“I found a good use for Qatar’s blazing desert sun,” Texan Sybil wrote in her blog (

The enterprising homemaker’s ‘culinary experiment’ was conducted in July, a month of scorching temperatures, especially on July 14 when Doha recorded, 50.4C, its highest temperature in four decades, according to Qatari daily Gulf Times.

“First, I had to preheat the ‘oven,’ so I parked the Tahoe out on the road facing the afternoon to evening sun,” Sybil wrote in her blog.

Then she mixed all the ingredients, spooned and dropped the dough onto the cookie sheets, and placed them on two cookie trays on the dashboard of the ‘preheated oven.’

“I went about my business and oh, just about three hours later… voila the cookies were ready, slightly crispy on the outside and just a little gooey on the inside. In other words, perfect. Put on a pot of coffee and enjoy,” Sybil wrote.



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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