Unlike traditional electric ovens, convection toaster ovens provide an "even heat" which helps prevent undercooked or overcooked spots in cakes, cookies and other baked goods, while using less electricity. And while traditional toaster ovens allow you to cook toast or bagels or reheat many food items, convection toaster ovens provide you more control over heating temperatures. To prepare quality baked goods, simply follow the recipe and make minor adjustments to temperature and cooking times, as necessary.
Purchase a convection toaster oven recommended for baking. Convection toaster ovens have internal fans that circulate hot air to evenly heat and cook food.
Follow baking recipes as usual. Set convection toaster oven 25 degrees lower than what the recipe indicates, however, to prevent overcooking. Convection ovens are smaller than tradition ovens and heat up faster.
Use shiny aluminum baking sheets if making cookies, cupcakes or cakes to prevent excessive browning on the bottom. Shiny baking sheets reflect heat, which helps reduce browning. Use dull aluminum baking trays for breads, pies or pastries to enhance browning, as dull-colored trays absorb heat.
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Remove baked goods after the recommended cooking time indicated in the recipe. Allow items to cool before removing from baking sheets or trays.
Experiment with your convection toaster oven to learn more about the types of baked goods you can create. Write down changes in temperature and cook times next to recipes so you can remember these changes the next time.
Convection toaster ovens are best for baking, roasting and cooking. Traditional toaster ovens are typically smaller and provide limited heating options such as low, medium and high.
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