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Possible Causes for Poor Baking Results

How to Improve Baking Performance in Your KitchenAid Oven

If you are not getting the desired baking results, there are some things you can do.  For additional information on each of the topics below, please review the corresponding videos. 

  • Preheating. Preheating is necessary for good results.  For optimal performance, place food in the oven as soon after the signal as possible.  Avoid leaving the door open for an extended period of time.  Preheat times of 12 - 15 minutes to preheat oven to 350°F is normal for ovens with all racks in (+/- 5 minutes). 

  • Opening the door. Do not open the door to insert food until preheat tone sounds. Always use the oven light to check baking progress because opening the oven door allows heat to escape and the oven to cool. Only open the oven door to check results when minimum cooking time has been reached.  Frequently opening the door may extend overall cook time, impact oven temperature and create unexpected browning results. 

  • Use the correct bakeware. The bakeware material effects cooking results. Follow manufacturer's recommendations and use the bakeware size recommended in the recipe. Use the following information as a guide.

  • Airflow. Hot air must be able to circulate to cook food evenly.  Allow 2" of space / clearance around baking pan(s) and the oven walls. If multiple pans are used on one rack, do not let pans touch each other or the oven walls.  This could result in hot spots and faster cooking around the areas where they touch. 

  • Rack position.  Most baked goods will perform best if a single rack is used and positioned according to the type of baked good.

    • Top Rack: generally used for toasting or baking.

    • Center Rack: used for the majority of baked goods, cookies, layer cakes and casseroles.

    • Bottom Rack:  generally used for roasting meats.

    • Multiple Rack:  When multiple racks are required, distribute them as evenly as possible to provide good air circulation.

Want additional information? 

CLICK HERE for helpful tips for broiling

CLICK HERE to learn how to correct uneven baking or browning



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