Hot air rises, so the top of the oven is actually consistently hotter, while the bottom of the oven will heat in bursts to maintain the overall temperature. The bottom oven rack is great for crust breads and pizzas… baked goods that you want to intensely brown on the bottom.
What is the best oven setting for baking bread?
What’s the best oven setting for your home oven? Preheat a baking stone using the bottom heat only setting on the oven for 30-60 minutes at 240C (460F). Then drop the temperature to 220C (430F) when the bread goes into the oven.
Should both elements be on while baking bread?
If you have an oven that has a feature that you can bake using top, or bottom, or both elements, I would still only use the bottom one, because normally, in baking, a top element will cause the food to brown too quickly, and then the top would burn by the time the inside of the bread (or cake) would not be done.
For baking, heat needs to come from the bottom of the cooking space, not the top, though many people swear by fan-assisted baking (aka a convection oven), which makes the heat come evenly from all sides, including top and bottom. You need to adjust baking times if you have a fan-assisted oven.
At what temperature do I bake bread?
So what temperature is the best temperature to bake bread at? For standard bread the best baking temperature is 220-230C (435-450F). Often midway through the bake the heat is turned down to 200-210C (390-410F). Bread that contains lots of sugar or fat needs a cooler oven to stop it burning.
Should the top element come on during baking?
Generally, the BAKE setting uses only the lower element and is the setting to use for recipes requiring a cold start in the oven. The PREHEAT setting, if available, turns on both elements. The oven then switches to BAKE and maintains temperature with only the lower element. Hope this helps.
What is a top oven used for?
An extra cooking space
When you are cooking things at different temperatures, and for different times, they are invaluable. Firstly, you can use the top oven for cooking different dishes. But you can also use the top oven as a warming oven. You can keep certain parts of the meal warm as you’re dishing up.
How many minutes do you bake bread?
Bake the bread for 20 to 25 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and a loaf sounds hollow to the touch when you tap it on the bottom. The interior temperature of the bread should register at least 190°F on a digital thermometer.
Can you bake on both racks in the oven?
Using Both Racks
When baking cakes and cookies, for example, you can certainly bake two pans at once. For cakes, if the pans are small enough that there is at least an inch of air space between the pans and the oven walls and in between the pans, you can bake them on the same rack.