Bakestarters' Tips - Oven Settings

#1 Preheating is key

 

One of the first steps in our recipe cards is always an instruction to preheat your oven. This is essential because of how ovens work in getting up to the right temperature! When an oven gets turned on, the bottom (or in some cases, top and bottom), heating elements in the oven are switched on and starts to heat the oven. It is only after a period of heating that the oven comes to the desired temperature, and the oven's heating elements will turn off and on automatically in order to maintain the desired temperature. Without preheating, it's likely that your bakes will take longer to be done and may not even bake properly!


These days, with various brands and models of ovens, each with multiple settings, it can sometimes be a little overwhelming when you are looking to bake. However, there is one particular setting that is versatile and you can find it in all (if not most) ovens.

Oven Setting
#2 Unless otherwise specified, always use the oven's top and bottom heat setting

 

When we develop and test our baking kits, unless otherwise specified, we do it with this setting because of the fact that all or most of your ovens will have this exact setting. The symbol might look a little different than this, but you should be able to tell.

What this does is that it emanates heat from both the top and bottom heating element, ensuring that your food is being cooked evenly.


#3 Use the recipe's temperature & timing as a guideline, but look out for the specified visual cues

 

Each and every oven is unique and different (even if they are the same model and brand!) – that means that we may bake something at a certain temperature, for a certain time, but yours might differ slightly. As such, it's always better to watch for visual cues to see whether your bakes are done baking. Let's take for example a Bakestarters recipe card that you get inside a baking kit.

Bakestarters Recipe Card

The visual cues to see if this particular loaf cake is done are,

  1. If the provided skewer comes out clean
  2. When the marshmallows are lightly golden brown & toasted

Combine that with other visual help (our tutorial videos), and you shouldn't have a problem with taking your bakes out of the oven!