Wednesday, April 7

This is why

I HATE MY OVEN!!
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It's a convection oven. I know, I know they are supposed to be wonderful. BUT, they are not. Or at least the one I have is not. Cakes and cookies fare the worst in my oven. They burn on top and are raw in the middle. Turning down the heat does not help the burning on top issue. I've been told numerous times that it is possible to turn off the convection setting on the oven. I've tried every setting, every knob and can't get convection off while keeping the oven on. hmph.
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Here is the latest victim - Gateau Therese from this book. At least it tasted good.

15 comments:

swissluxi said...

Being quite familiar with European ovens I am sure I could help you...next time I am in your city I will stop by for two minutes and have a look at all the knobs and co if you want me to :-)!

themaggers said...

That was like trying to bake in my friends oven in Germany. There was a lot of questimating throwing it in and just hoping for the best. They've been there nearly three years and I still don't think they know what all the symbols are for!

Leslie said...

my sister has the same problem with her supposedly wonderful convection oven

Shontelle said...

Bummer! My mum has the worst oven I have ever experienced - since it was new it has hijacked many a meal and turned it to charcoal. So much so that she is now renowned for her hockey puck dinner rolls. I feel your pain.

km said...

My mom has one. Usually if the recipe says 350...cook at 325 and for less time. Hope that helps. I always liked chocolate chip cookies from a convection oven better.

Annabel, Mikko, Marcelle and Eric said...

Don't get me started on ovens here! We're renting, so have no say in the matter, but our oven was a true pain in the !@##$@#%$...We would have to turn it on and off repeatedly to cook our pancakes (to say the least of our woes)...Luckily, it finally conked out last week and I got a new one, convection again, but in better working order...for now!
Good luck!
PS: What's that recipe, even though the cake is burned a little, it still looks delicious...Your link doesn't work!

suddenly sahm said...

oh that's so frustrating! I've thrown more cakes in the trash than you can count on both hands (but not due to convection issues.)

You have my sympathy!

Emily said...

I'm sorry dutch! took me forever to figure out how to turn on your stove top too. I bet your cake still tasted yummy, just like the coffee cake you made for me!

Monkey's Mama said...

This is what my friend told me to try in mine (but usually turn mine off unless I need to make bunches of cookies - mostly because I'm afraid of it!):

Try reducing the oven temperature by 25 degrees and the total time by 1/3.

katy said...

Thanks everybody for your sympathy!! I think I need to try consistently turning down the temp. I do it once in a while when I feel like it.

Marcelle - thanks for telling me about the dead link. I fixed it, but I'll save your clicking finger. It was from David Lebovitz's book, Sweet Life in Paris.

Julia @Mélanger said...

I had the most horrible oven in my last place. I rarely could bake anything successfully. I feel your pain.

Annabel, Mikko, Marcelle and Eric said...

Katy: Actually got the book today and I`m killing myself laughing...Some of his anecdotes on the French and living abroad are bang on! Thank you for sharing!

katy said...

Marcelle - so glad you are enjoying it. Parts of it TOTALLY resonated with me too. You need not live in Paris to sympathize with difficulties of adjusting to a new city and culture.

allthingsjuice said...

Poor thing! My oven is on a slant, so my cakes are always lopsided.

And hey, what book are you referencing in the comments? Looks like a good read...

katy said...

Hi Juice - It is this book:
David Lebovitz's book, Sweet Life in Paris. A fun, easy read.

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