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Setting the oven temperature (convection)

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! :P :D But I think you’re going to appreciate the knowledge (gyaan) I’m gonna share with you today! :D 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.



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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. :P

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! :D

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 :)

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  • RakiJain April 5, 2014, 12:37 pm

    Dear Kavitha ji,
    I have purchased new Onida blackbeauty PB 28 with 123 menus oven. I want to know for which type of bowls can use for microwave, convection and barbecue. Please let me know briefly please. I am confusing with manual. And how to prepare normal sponge cake.

    • Kavitha April 5, 2014, 2:33 pm

      1) plastic bowls that come with the oven for microwave
      2) aluminum baking pans for convection
      3) grill stand that cones with oven for bbq

  • Raja April 4, 2014, 11:46 am

    Thanks kavitha. But Aluminum can we use in microwave for banking. In manual itself they are given the instruction for metal dishes should not be use. please clarify.

    • Kavitha | Foodomania April 4, 2014, 3:50 pm

      In MICROWAVE CONVECTION, there are 2 main functions -
      1) Microwave
      2) Baking

      You cannot use Aluminum while Microwaving. You can only use
      those plastic utensils that come with the oven or buy microwave safe glass dishes.

      For baking function (or convection function) of the oven, you cannot use the plastic or glass.. You can use aluminum pans or other bakeware

  • raja April 3, 2014, 4:16 pm

    Thanks for your suggestion. I want to know for cake making what type bowls can we use. please suggest best online shopping for microwave safe bowls.

  • Raja April 1, 2014, 2:33 pm

    I have purchased new Onida Blackbeauty 28L Oven. But I enable to use it. Please let me know what type materials we can use and Cake mouled where can I get in Bangalore. Which material is suggestable for baking items.

    • Kavitha | Foodomania April 2, 2014, 11:14 am

      Hi, I suggest you read the manual that comes with the oven. They have given clear instructions. Since I don’t live in Bangalore, I don’t know where you can find baking supplies there. But a safe bet is to do a Google search.

      • Raja April 2, 2014, 5:22 pm

        Thanks for your suggestion. I want to know for cake making what type bowls can we use. please suggest best online shopping for microwave safe bowls.

  • ayushi tripathi March 29, 2014, 4:18 pm

    i have an LG oven and i don’t understand how to set temperature on it……plz help me..

    • Kavitha | Foodomania April 3, 2014, 6:26 pm

      Hi. Please follow these step by step steps to set temperature on your oven. If you still have problems, let me know!

  • swati March 20, 2014, 12:49 am

    I m so confused plz clear me is BAKING another name of CONVECTION or they are different modes in onida black beauty 28 litre, coz we dont see ny convection option in its display??

  • Manoj February 20, 2014, 10:33 pm

    Hi Kavitha…We have Onida Power Convection 21 model bought around 6 years ago…used the oven for a maximum of four or five times…and for the first time(almost after 5yrs gap) we used the convection mode today to bake a cake following some recipes in cookery website. Initially, we have cleaned the microwave by keeping a bowl of water with lemon inside and heated that for 10 min for the formation of steam on the walls of the oven. Everything is fine. But the problem is in the convection mode of the oven. As you know we have to pre-heat the oven for sometime at 180 degrees and then bake the cake at same temperature. Although we’ve sensed no heat after pre-heating the oven, we continued to bake the cake for 30 min. But the batter remained the same as the convection mode produced no heat at all. No sound of fan. Nothing. Then we tried cooking the cake with P 100 for 5 min which produced some heat and the sound has also come. So we continued for 20 more minutes which resulted in disaster!!! The cake was burnt, decayed with foul smell and our time, money, energy wasted…Why this happended??? We have tried with different temperatures later with empty oven. But there is no use. Can you throw some light on this issue???

    • Kavitha | Foodomania February 21, 2014, 10:47 am

      Hello Manoj,

      Firstly, you should have gotten your oven checked before using. An oven that hasn’t been used in so long would have resulted in some faults.

      As you said, your oven produced no heat when you tried to “preheat”. I’m no oven-expert, but I do think there must be something wrong with the heating system. The P100 in which you tried to cook the cake is actually the microwave function. And in the microwave setting, cakes get “cooked” in as short as 5-10 minutes… which is why your cakes got burned… Try microwaving something for a long time.. it will definitely burn.

      I suggest you either get a new oven or get this one repaired. Also, I prefer using OTG for baking most of the times because I feel it gives better results than a microwave. An OTG these days cost less than Rs. 3000.. Hope this helps.

  • monalisha goswami February 18, 2014, 8:43 pm

    M using onida blackbeauty microwave but m still confuse with the fact pre-heat. i want to know for how many min. we have to heat the oven and in which degree..please help me.

    • Kavitha | Foodomania February 19, 2014, 3:57 pm

      Hi.. This tutorial is pretty elaborate on how to pre-heat your convection oven. Please take a print of this & follow the steps exactly and you should be able to preheat. As for which degree, that totally depends on the recipe you are following, so I cannot help you there! In a microwave convection, you’ll hear a “BEEP” when the oven is preheated to the degree you have set. You don’t have to heat it for “X” minutes..

  • Bharathi December 6, 2013, 12:57 pm

    Hi can we bake a custard in double boiling method in onida black beautv. Kindly reply.

    • Kavitha | Foodomania December 6, 2013, 9:32 pm

      Hi Bharati.. I’m not sure as I’ve never done it. If you shared the recipe with me, I might be able to help you out

  • Salma November 24, 2013, 11:52 am

    hi, i have he same oven. but everytime I try baking a cake the top of the cake forms a dark coloured biscuit like crust . i tried varying the temperatures and the times many times only to get dissapointed everytime. either the cake doesnt cook well inside or it forms a dark crust. Please enlighten me on this

  • simi May 4, 2013, 4:35 pm

    even i have the same microwave. many times i have tried baking. most of times my cake rises and then sinks. which lead to a disastrous cake. please suggest me a good cake recipe with all baking steps

    • Kavitha | Foodomania May 4, 2013, 11:01 pm

      Hi,

      There are many reasons as to why cakes sink after baking. Some of them are – cake hasn’t fully cooked through, oven too hot so it cooks the outside quickly leaving the insides undercooked, etc. (Just do a google search for more reasons)

      My best guess (assuming you’re following the recipe exactly) is to cover your baking dish with an aluminum foil before baking.

      Try my “CAKES” section – http://foodomania.com/category/category/cake-cookie-brownie-recipes/
      I have tons of cakes & brownie recipes without eggs that work well every single time for me. Also, I have step by step pictures so it’ll be easy for you to follow :)

  • Jyoti February 27, 2013, 6:03 pm

    I have this oven kya aap hamein is microwave me cake ka method bata de pls

  • thashmeera February 16, 2013, 11:53 pm

    Hi kavitha…. I am using onida black beauty P23 MW oven, I hav been repeatedly asking abt d convection mode, still din get it.. Evn nt here.. Again lemme repeat, is it C1 (cook/heat+bake)….. To get the desired brown effect. Am confused coz C1 doesn show not nly bake, but it showz cook/heat
    too…. So is it fine to bake cake here… Plz reply.

    • Kavitha | Foodomania February 17, 2013, 11:31 am

      The post is pretty clear. Please read every step clearly.

      You don’t have to use the Combinations at all for baking. When you rotate to your right, why are you going to combination? Rotate upto BAKE option, click enter, set the temperature & click the start button.

      For the time being, forget C1, C2 etc..

  • meena September 18, 2012, 11:16 pm

    this is for me kavi and thanks for detailed instruction and if u r still login just ans me one question

    shud we stop after first beep or second beep

    and in ur pic it shows one red line so how many red lines shud be there

    pls do ans when and if u do get online

    as i think i m goofing there only

    thanks

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