I have been getting used to a new oven. It has been a bit of a disaster, really. I was beginning to think nothing would come out right. My baking has definitely been off.
The first cake baked in there was Miss 11’s birthday cake. It was undercooked – dense and rubbery in the middle. The cupcakes cooked the same day had their time reduced from 15 to 12 minutes as they were in danger of burning. I made some muffins, which were fine when cooked at the maximum time specified in the recipe. Then I tried a cheesecake. The recipe said to check after 45 minutes, and cover with foil for the remaining cooking time if the top was getting too brown. I checked after 40 minutes, and it’s a good thing I did.
Eventually we realised the door wasn’t shutting properly. When it latched, it wasn’t tight around the seal, so all the hot air was escaping (and superheating some of the knobs on its way out). Mr PC tightened up the door latch.
Today Miss 11, inspired by Junior Bake Off, decided to make shortbread biscuits. Look at this!
OK, she put the biscuits a bit close to each other on the tray so they had no expanding room, but they are evenly baked, and they taste perfect! Hooray!!! (and she was brave and took them out of the oven herself – a first!)