When using ovens with both fan-forced and conventional settings, it is best to use conventional when you are baking long and slow (like for cakes) and fan-forced for fast cooking at high temperatures.
What is the best oven setting for baking?
Top/Bottom heating is the most effective setting to use when you are baking or roasting on a single level. The heat is emitted evenly from above and below, making it ideal for baking cakes. Try our Lamb Rogan Josh using top and bottom heating.
For cookies, it depends on what effect you want, but many standard types do well in forced-air ovens because the fan helps ensure that the whole oven stays at a uniform temperature despite the presence of several trays.
What temperature do you bake a cake in a fan oven?
Fan ovens bake quicker because they generate a more even heat throughout the oven. As a general rule you would need to drop the temperature by 15-20 degrees, so 160c conventional would become 140 fan. The information should be in the oven handbook.
Do you have to preheat a fan oven?
Unlike an ordinary oven, your fan oven does not always need preheating. If you preheat, you risk overcooking. DO NOT preheat for any meat or poultry. DO NOT preheat for cakes or pastry.
What is the purpose of fan in oven?
The fan inside the oven allows the hot air to circulate and maintain the consistent temperature within. Efficiency of the fan in the oven makes it possible to cook food at lower temperatures. Where you would normally to be cooking at 350 degrees, you could potentially cook food at only 300 degrees in a convection oven.
How do you bake with a fan oven?
When using ovens with both fan-forced and conventional settings, it is best to use conventional when you are baking long and slow (like for cakes) and fan-forced for fast cooking at high temperatures. If using a fan-forced oven, as a general rule, drop the temperature by 20°C to imitate conventional.
What happens if I don’t preheat the oven before baking?
So yes, you can get away with not preheating the oven for some dishes; they’ll simply be cooked at a lower temperature for the first 5-15 minutes, depending on the target temperature and the strength of your oven. Therefore, it will take longer to cook than what the recipe indicates.
How long do you need to preheat a fan oven?
How long does it take to preheat an oven?
- Gas and electric ovens: 15–20 minutes.
- Electric ovens with fast preheat features: can take as little as 7–10 minutes.
- Smart ovens: this depends on the model but you can start it up before you get home. More than ideal.