Bakestarters' Tips - Oven Settings

The Oven's Your Best Friend

And sometimes our best friends get upset when they aren't feeling right. Here are some oven tips when working with your #bakestarters kits (skip to the bottom for a summary):

Each and every oven is different – that means that we might bake something at a certain temperature, for a certain time, but that might not work out for you. 

#1: “Use the temperature and timing on the recipe card as a guideline, but look out for the specified visual cues (example: bake till top is golden brown).”


That said, it's still important to get the temperature right. The temperature knob on most home-ovens can be inaccurate (actual temperature in the oven differs from the set temperature), because of a variety of factors. Here's how you can understand your oven better:

#THE OVEN THERMOMETER

Find out the actual temperature in your oven against the oven's temperature knob: Place an oven thermometer on the centre rack in the oven, and set your oven to 180°C. Once the oven has fully preheated and the temperature on the thermometer stays constant (about 15-25 minutes), calculate the difference between the temperature on the oven scale and the temperature knob of the oven. Adjust accordingly. 

 Example: 180°C (set temperature) – 170°C (actual thermometer temperature) = 10°C [Your oven temperature is 10°C less than the set temperature (on the knob). In future bakes, your oven knob should be set 10°C higher than the specified temperature in the recipe card.]

#2
: "Know how you should set your temperature for future baking sessions."

Now that you know the temperature settings for your own oven, it's time to look at the oven settings. There are multiple settings for the heating elements in an oven, but unless specified, our recipes all use top and bottom heating, and the convection setting is switched OFF.

#3
: " Unless otherwise specified, always use both top and bottom heat."

Some ovens have the option to bake with a convection setting, in which it uses a fan and exhaust system to spread the heat around. This makes things cook faster, and so affects the temperature you should set your oven at.
#4: "Lower the oven temperature by 5°C and check on your bake earlier when using a convection setting."


This is the setting we use for all our baking kits, unless otherwise specified. The oven heats using its top and bottom heating elements. It can be found in most, if not all ovens, and it's suitable for baking most things.
#5: The temperature and time taken stated in our recipe cards are based on this setting. 
IN SUMMARY

#1  Use the temperature and timing on the recipe card as a guideline, but look out for the specified visual cues (for e.g. Bake till top is golden brown).
#2
Know how you should set the temperature for future baking sessions.
#3
Unless otherwise specified, always use both top and bottom heat.
#4
Lower the oven temperature by 5°C and check on your bake earlier when using a convection setting.
#5
The temperature and time taken stated in our recipe cards are based on a non-convection setting.