I’m here with a short and somewhat shabby post for my Baking 101 series! Shabby because I clicked the pictures in a hurry and it is obviously.. well, shabby! But I think you’re going to appreciate the knowledge (gyaan) I’m gonna share with you today! That of setting the temperature correctly in a convection oven. It includes pre-heating too!Now, I’m not an expert baker. But I have answered over 20 emails from different people asking about the basics of baking, temperature, lining etc. Which is why I started Baking 101 in the 1st place. Please note that every oven varies. What I’m sharing is how I set the temperature in MY convection oven. If you have an OTG, that would differ. So be sure to read the manufacturer’s manual.
I own an Onida Black Beauty Microwave Convection Oven. I do my baking, cooking, and microwaving in this very oven and barring a few mishaps in the beginning, this oven has been working perfectly for me. And one of the functions on any Convection Oven is : BAKE. And this is how you go about it..
STEP 1: Switch on the Oven.
STEP 2: Turn the knob to the right and you’ll see a list of options like ‘Heat, Grill, Bake, Combi etc. Select the BAKE option and press the start / enter button once. – again, ovens vary so you have to read manufacturer’s manual to know how to select the bake option
STEP 3: When you hit enter/ start, the oven shows its default temperature. (200 C in mine). Rotate to reach the desired temperature as per the recipe.
STEP 4: Hit start / enter button once again. The default tine is shown at 0:00 . If you want to preheat the oven, then hit start/enter button again without setting the time.
STEP 5: The oven will start pre heating. There are small lines in my oven which shows when the oven reaches the set temperature. As soon as it reaches the temperature it will beep. (If you don’t stop here it will still continue to heat and that’s okay)
STEP 6: Once the oven beeps, hit the STOP button once.
STEP 7: Open the oven door. You will notice that the time is re-set at 0:00. DO not press start yet
STEP 8: Put the baking tin in.
STEP 9: At this point, set the required time you want by rotating the knob to the time. (or however you do it)
STEP 10: Close the door. And now you press the start button! Finally, you’re baking is happening! Yay!
Again, I cannot stress enough about the fact that our ovens may vary. So you will have to read the instruction manual. But this can be the basic blueprint to preheating your oven