Monday, April 2, 2012

My Oven Details with few baking tips - Baking Essentials Part 2

I have been getting regular mails from readers and friends asking about my oven and many baking related questions. I have put it all together here and if you have any more queries do mail me.Check out the baking essentials - part 1 for more details.

After a long time postponement finally here I am with the post - I had a chance to clean the oven atleast for this post sake ;)


My Oven Details:
Brand Name : Morphy Richards
Capacity - 14 liters
Oven Type - OTG (Oven Toaster Griller)
Purchased from : Girias, Chennai
Cost : 4000 Rs when I got it 3 yrs back

Morphy Richards OTG - My Oven
The very first thought of owning a oven was only after I started blogging. I should thank Lavi for helping me choose my kind of oven. Those were the days when I was not even aware that there are different types of oven. She told the pros and cons of both microwave and OTG and after a few googling I was in for OTG.

So what is a OTG(Oven, Toaster and Griller) - As the name suggests, its a oven made specifically for baking, toasting and grilling. You cannot cook in an OTG like as in microwave.There are 2 coils at the top and bottom which heats up according to the temperature , timing, ultimately getting the baking/grlling/toasting done. These heating elements (the coils) are prone to wear-and-tear. Should you find your OTG performing poorly, Partselect may be able to help. Otherwise, perhaps a replacing your OTG is best considering you can purchase them pretty inexpensively. 

As I have noticed through the years the baking is a bit slower than the microwave but the end result is just perfect. I havent used/own a microwave so I cannot do justice on comparing both the results.

Grlling veggies

Temperature, Modes and Timing:
Temperature : The temperature in my OTG ranges from 100 to 250 deg celsius.

Modes : There are 4 different types of modes toast/pizza,bake, broil(grill) and keep warm
  • Toast/ Pizza : I use this mode for all preheatings. Other than that I occassionally use it for my bread pizza
  • Bake : This is the mode I use for all bakings ie cakes, muffins,cupcakes and cookies
  • Broil/ Grill : I use the grill mode for mostly nonveg dishes, paneer tikka, kebabs etc. But we should be very careful with this mode as the heating is high, it burns up faster so keep an eye always.
  • Keep warm : Just keeps the baked/cooked items warm till served - I havent used it much.

Timing: The timing ranges from 0-60mins. If the orginal recipe(baked in a microwave) calls for say 45mins I first keep it for 45mins then check and extend my timing to another 5-10mins as I have noticed the baking is a bit slower in OTG when compared to microwave.

OTG Readings

There is no fancy or touch buttons, its just like a fan regulator. Once the baking/preheating is done the indication is a ding sound.

I have 3 racks in my oven and I use the middle rack for all my bakes. I change it only if mentioned otherwise.



Cake cooling in wirerack
How to Preheat an oven:
For cakes : Keep the wirerack in the oven start the oven in the specified temperature(just turn the temperature knob and set the timing for 10mins. - as its the default timing for preheating my oven for any kind of recipe(as mentioned in my manual).

For cookies, muffins and cupcakes : Preheat the oven empty without any trays and after the preheating keep your muffin pans or cookie trays

When to preheat :
Most of the recipe calls to preheat even before preparing the dough / batter but I find it too early as I am very slow in any making process ;) So I preheat only at the closure of the batter/dough making process. Also the results have a difference when the batter is let to sit for more time.


Oven

I got a collecting tray(silver color), cookie tray(black color), wirerack,4 skewers and handle with my OTG. Always use the gloves while opening, closing the OTG as its piping hot.

Oven Accessories
Baking Tips:

1. Take a butter paper, cut it to the pan/tin size and lay it. Grease it with little butter / oil then pour the batter over the butter paper. (or) Grease the pan with butter at the bottom through the sides. Then sprinkle little maida on it and tap it to spread it all over. Tap off the excess and then pour the batter - I use the second method as I find it easier and mess free.

2. Once the baking is done, do not turn over immediately. Give it atleast 10-15 mins resting time - Keep the tin on a wet cloth while resting. Then turn over on a plate and give a tap on all sides. The cake will unmould beautifully.

3.While inserting fork or toothpick try checking in the center if its cooked completely or not.If suppose even after the specified time, the center of the cake isnt cooked and is slightly sticky?! dont worry just cover the top of the cake with butter paper and bake it for 3-5 mins(adjust timing according to the consistency),it will be perfect. The butter paper covering will avoid more browning on top at the same time the center will be cooked perfectly.

4.As I always mention select a pan such that the batter is close to 3/4th of it or slightly above 1/2 of it.

5. Once the cake is unmoulded allow it rest in wirerack or a plate for atleast 30mins then cut to get neat cake pieces.


Thanks Raks for the beautiful baking accessories I so so love them . So no more complaining about cookie cutters and cupcake liners, now I have a bunch of them :)

Baking Accessories

The ramekins are useful for baking and best suited as food props too. I got 2 mugs for baking but havent used them yet. Planning to try a mug cake with it first :) Thanks to Nags for the white ramekins.



Ramekins & Baking Mugs

Disclamer : The products/brand mentioned here are not meant for advertisement. This is not a paid or any kind of promotion for any product or brand. This is the oven I use and have shared my experiences here to help my readers and friends.

154 comments:

  1. very useful post thank you for posting.Can you give tips about editing pictures in photo shop too.

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  2. good post for beginners..I wonder how you cleaned the oven so clean..mine looks bit messy..lemme your secret..Thanks in advance sharmi

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  3. @Uma : Thank You, Sure will think of it in future but I am not that good in editing too, just learning each day :)

    @Prathiba : Haha It took me an hour to clean it as I havent cleaned it for along time.I used just a soft cloth dipped in water to clean it.

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  4. I use the exact same brand too, but I got it only a year back and ofcourse the prize has gone much higher. Yeah, they are slow in baking than microwave, also what I found is they are slower than the conventional oven used in US or European countries. Anyway thank you for sharing all the tips, it was very helpful.

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    1. hi mymoonah even though the baking is more slow than the microwave but nothing like a oven baked cake the taste n texture so yummy!

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    2. bake oven is deifinitely better than a microwave any day even though it is much slower than it n even though a microwave has other functions!

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  5. I turned around to look at my toaster oven which I generally use for toasting breads, and though it has a 'bake' option it's too small to put any muffin tray inside.
    Came with it's own little aluminum tray, on which i can bake a maximum of 4 decent-sized cookies I think.
    I'm amazed at how you bake sooo many things on your blog in this OTG!
    I preheat toward the end too, unless I have everything ready on hand. Otherwise I'm usually running around, ha!

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  6. Quite informative post sharmi with good & usefull pictures! nice to see my name:)

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  7. I do not have an oven but have convection M/w and in the convection mode it fucntions as an oven.

    Nice useful tips BTW :)

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  8. Useful info Sharmi. I had no idea about oven when I was in India :)

    Vardhini
    Event: Legumes
    Event: Side Dishes

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  9. Nice Post! Very informative thanx sharmi

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  10. I've been planning to invest in an OTG too for a while now.I bake exclusively in the MW convection mode otherwise.Whenever a recipe calls for baking in two pans,I am forced to refrigerate one batch.Was looking at the 28ltr model but I see the 14ltr one is big enough too!Very informative post Sharmi,kudos to you!

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  11. thank u for this informative post... was really wondering vat type of oven to go for...

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  12. Wondeful post sharmi , bookmarked. I'm planning to buy same brand 28 lts may be ... and this post is gonna be v helpful to me then :)

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  13. Thanks for the information and is very useful.

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  14. such an informative and helpful post, sharmilee.
    you are a versatile blogger and i have passed on the versatile blogger award to you. details on this post here: http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/some-link-love-and-the-versatile-blogger-award/

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  15. Very nice and detailed post sharmi,very useful tips ...

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  16. Very informative post for baking beginners like me. cute clicks of props

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  17. very useful information and tips ........ thanks sharmilee ..........

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  18. Very informative post,thanks for sharing..

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  19. Luvly post on baking....I have similar size of oven which is very lucky to me..Of course,luv the imported baking goodies...They are super cute..

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  20. that is a very informative post..

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  21. Very informative post.i somehow can never bake a decent cake in my small conventional oven, have to try with ur tips.

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  22. Nice to know about baking oven in India.

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  23. I have also a Prestige OTG. But regulator is not mentioned that which one is bake/pizza/warm etc. Thats why, my cake is always overcooked. If you have any idea then plz informe me. Your post is very useful.

    Pudding muffin looks yummy and healthy.

    Cuisine Delights
    My Monthly Event - Spotlight : "Lunchbox Ideas".

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  24. U hv mentioned in this post, "Take a butter paper, cut it to the pan/tin size and lay it.” Could you please explain this a bit more or can u post a snap with the cut butter paper in the tray because I always end up with an irregular shape cake whenever I use butter paper 

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  25. Wat a helpful and useful post..thanks for sharing.

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  26. @Chithra:Just lay the butter paper at the bottom alone. Leave the sides as just greasing is enough for the sides. Sure next time when I bake will click and update it here :)

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  27. Great post, Sharmilee... Thanks for the good tips. Very handy. And you have become an inspiration to clean my oven now! ;) Gonna do it tomorrow morning, first thing!

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  28. very informative post! i had thoght u can't bake perfect cakes in toster oven as browsing told me the heating will be uneven and chances of burning high..so i bought a convection cum micro wave when my gas oven broke down and it is too small to bake large cakes:(

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  29. Since you announced about this post, I was eagerly waiting for this to pop up in my mail. This post is one of the best posts in your blog. Very informative and detailed description. Couldn't help myslef from visiting here and commenting on this thoughtful attempt.

    I think every baker should do a post about their oven details; at least about the gadget's basic info. It would be helpful for others to know the pros and cons and thereby helpful in deciding on one according to their needs.

    Thank You so much.
    Wishes for your blog and your loved ones.

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  30. great post sharmi. thanks for it.
    im also using otg for baking but my doubt is can silicone mould products be used in this otg?
    pls tell me.

    deepajegan

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  31. @Deepajegan : Though I've not personally used silicon moulds have my friends who have them and use it in their OTG....So go ahead :)

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  32. A very well-written post. I read and liked the post and have also bookmarked you. All the best for future endeavors
    IT Company India

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  33. Thanks milee! :)
    ...for such informative post:)

    Love those colorful paper-cup molds...sad me :( we only get those plain white ones here in goa :(

    Thanks again for the lovely post and amazing recipes!

    Regards,
    Sw(sweta)

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  34. hi i am very fond of cooking.I was so happy to find your useful tip as i was confused whether
    OTG or convection.Want to buy a oven but OTG maximum temperature is 250 degree is that sufficient to bake any cake? what if the temperature required is 280 then how can i bake the cake?
    thanks

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  35. @Annu : Yes it is more than sufficient even for grilling...Actually to my knowledge we dont need to go more than 210-220 for cakes.....so it will not be a problem.

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  36. i have tried some of your baking recipes and they were simply wonderful. Thank you so much. I am confused is there a difference between a microwave and otg?

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  37. @Sleepingangel : Yes! There is lot of difference you cant do cooking in OTG only baking, grilling and toasting.

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  38. wow u reply immediately i am so glad. thank u thank u
    Annu

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  39. very informative post.....and many thanks for ur recipes and tips...

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  40. sharmilee!wounderful post.Eagerly waiting for your post on photo shop.

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  41. Thanks, sharmilee. I wanted to know where i can get ramekins from in Bangalore...maybe one of your readers can help? :)

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  42. very useful post, i am planning to buy OTG but before that can you please elaborate that how to use broil and grill mode ? on which racks and what temperature should the the things to be grilled or broiled? one more question when you bake the cake , do you keep the cake batter pan on wire rack or first on wire rack then baking sheet and then cake batter pan? please answer my questions , i would be highly obliged.
    thanks.

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  43. @Meenakshi : Broil and Grill mode are the same and there is no specific temperature/rack for this mode. It depends on each recipe....
    I keep the cake pan(which has butter paper and then the batter on it) on wirerack. Hope this helps!!

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  44. thanks a ton for replying my questions.

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  45. Thank you!!!! i bought an OTG today - morphy richards 28 and never having baked before decided to do a simple pizza (with a ready base and semi cooked toppings) as a baby step. so basically needed to do a grill but what do know, there isnt a function labelled grill!!! so here i was googling - does broil mean grill and your blog was heaven sent :)

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  46. thanks a lot for the info really useful.
    i need to know that :
    which is a better product for baking and grilling o.t.g or a convection micro wave ?

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  47. @Varsha : For baking and grilling as far as I know OTG is best
    @Lisa: That is really nice hear that this article was of help! :)

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  48. hello mam, i forgot to ask you one question before which i hope you will give reply to me that while baking cakes, buns, pizzas ,cookies while baking do you switch on both rod/ elements or only bottom rod on?
    warm regards and thanks

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  49. @Meenakshi:There in no separate switch for each rod in my oven...When I preheat and set the temperature the top and bottom rods heatsup automatically...like when top rod is on the bottom is off...and viceversa...I dont set it manually.Hope this helps!

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  50. can you make popcorn in an otg and how?

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    1. I havent tried making popcorn so not really sure

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  51. hello mam

    Which brand is the best Morphy Richards or Bajaj??

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  52. @Varsha : Not sure havent tried it so far....

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  53. Like your blog , it is good for even a begineer like me

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  54. hello Sharmilee, its a vry helpful & detailed post.. :) m planning 2 buy an OTG.. But i hv a query... "if i bake cakes & breads, can i get d same result as convection oven???" plz reply.... thnx n regards....

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  55. @Tamalika : Yes you can...actually OTG's are specifically made for baking...so it gives best results!

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  56. where will you buy cupcake liners in coimbatore

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  57. Hey hi..nice information..am also in the same state u were..confused between convection oven and OTG for baking..i already have LG microwave with grill mode..tell me which one i should go for..

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  58. @Sivasankari : If you want a oven only for baking and grilling then go in for OTG...it gives best results!

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  59. Hey: the above post was pretty good read. I am planning to buy an oven this weekend. I am not a regular cook. But looking at it as baking a lot of vegetables, bread or healthy bites that can be stored for 2-4 days. Since I can not afford cooking often and do not have time for elaborate recipes. However, I would definitely be indulging into trying out different bakes- may be tarts, muffins, cakes etc. once in week to twice in a month or so. I am vegetarian so will not be baking meat.

    Any advice on the capacity and model I should go for. Based out of Hyderabad. I am thinking of something around 20-24 ltrs. How does convection makes a difference? I do want an microwave with convection. Any suggestion soon will be appreciated.

    Cheerio!!

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  60. @Sam : Reading ur req...I fell microwave with convection will be good for you...not sure of the brand and model...heard IFB/ Samsung is good.

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  61. Very useful post. I am planning to buy an OTG. Please clarify, whether papads can be fried with help of OTG also confirm whether frozen milk can be defrost with help of OTG. Thanks/Dhashu

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  62. @Thanu : I havent tried both of them but guess papads can be done not sure on the milk....

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  63. Hi.. i bought a new otg, same brand and i tried to make chilli cheese toast.. i pre heated the oven for 10 mins.. i then changed the temp to 180 degree and toasted for 10 mins.. i noticed that the power gets turned off inbetween and turns on automatically.. is it normal?? Please let me know..

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  64. Hi.. i bought a new morphy richards otg.. i tried to make chilli cheese toast today.. i pre heated the oven @250 deg for 10 min on toast mode.. then i placed the prepared bread inside the oven and cooked it on toast mode @180 deg for 10 min.. the power indicator light was getting turned on andoff inbetween automatically.. is it normal?? Please let me know. Thanks

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  65. @Sahana : Yesyes the automatic on and off is normal dont worry....:)

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  66. Thanks Sharmilee.. i hope it wont affect while baking cakes

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  67. No no not at all...the working itself is designed like that so it will bake perfectly..no worries

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  68. Thanks Sharmilee..Noted that papad can be fried with OTG. Regarding defrosting milk, i read in one of the website. So hope that also can be done.

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  69. Very useful post...thanks for sharing...I really want an oven, this review will be very helpful :)

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  70. Hi Sharmilee,
    wonderful blog ! Thanks for sharing the tips.
    I am planning to buy an OTG soon..can u tell me how many muffins i can make in a 16 litre otg at one go ? i saw some muffin trays which were bigger than the oven size..if i need to bake 12 at a time, what shd be the minimum capacity of the OTG ...pls help

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  71. @Shince : Actually with the one I own we can bake only 6 muffins at a time....Try bigger size around 20 litres....have to check in the retails, not very sure

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  72. Hi Sharmilee, Thank you so much for your advise :) I will check it out..take care...

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  73. Hi can you please let me know if preheating should be done in bake mode or toast mode. Thanks

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  74. @Sahana : Preheating in toast/pizza mode as per the manual

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  75. Hi Sharmilee,u have a really nice blog,specially this post is very helpful.I have an Anex toaster oven and it is somewhat similar to yours except that it doesnot have any mode function.It has a temperature knob ranging upto 250 degree,time knob upto 60 mins,and a knob for manually turning on top grill,bottom grill or both.I baked for the 1st time in my life,it was a simple brownie recipe from a tv program which required 20-25 mins time at 180 degrees.I put butter paper on the baking pan,greased it,put it in the oven,and turned on the bottom grill,but my mixture did not rise,it started boiling as if it was burning.I then turned off bottom grill and turned on top grill,but still the mixture was runny, burnt,bubbly and boiling,i had to throw it.I am very disappointed with my effort.Can u plz reply to my post and tell me what went wrong,and give me a simple recipe of any cake or pizza to start baking with in my OTG.Plz also tell me for how long do i need to turn on top grill,and also bottom grill and in which order.I am totally confused and don't know how to bake in it.I shall be really really thankful to u for some help and advice

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  76. @Sunshine : Actually my oven does the heating up of the coil automatically..the top and bottom coil turns on and off alternatively...am really not sure of how to do it manually in ur case...But what I can suggest you is check the 'both coil mode' whether it heats up the coil alternatively if yes try in that mode and see....Hope this helps!

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  77. Thanks a lot for ur prompt reply and helpful suggestions...i will definitely try doing that,and this time i will try some easy recipe from ur blog so that if i have any problems,i will be able to rectify and solve them with ur help:)

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  78. I recently purchased Bajaj OTG. Tried making few cakes with 180 degree, 50 min and both coils on. (Done pre-heat at 200 degree, 10 min and both coils on prior to start baking the cake mix). However, cake top/bottom is not turning brown in colour, but it is bit crisp on top/bottom. Moreover, while eating, inside it is cooked but smells as if uncooked. Please advise what has to be done to avoid this. Thanks. Dhashna

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  79. @Thanu : I am not really sure as mine doesnt come with manual coil heating up....the coils heat up automtically...guess its the manual you have to check.

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  80. Just googled to find an oven for my blog my kitchen. came across this post. Thanks a ton. Going for the same model as its expert suggesion. Your blog is amazing and hats off to ur clicks. Thanks

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  81. hey Sharmilee,

    thanks for this post, it does help but i am facing a weird issue with my oven.

    I own a bajaj otg 22 litres, its 2 years old. Now most of the recipes i have tried suggest a 180 degree for 3-35 mins for cake baking........but in my oven it starts burning after 10-15 mins, even if the inside is still raw. I have to keep checking and lower the temperature and sometimes keep it on heater to prevent the crust from burning.

    is this the oven's fault or m i doing something wrong ?

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    1. Not really sure of your issue may be fault in the heating coils...sorry cudnt help u in this regard

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  82. Hi
    I am having a cooking range it is with a gas oven. does the preheating time and baking time change. Do you have any idea? Please reply

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    1. I am not sure as I am new to gas oven....

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  83. hi Sharmilee! I just purchased Morphy Richards OTG 28 RSS which is only 3 days old and I haven't started baking yet. However, during test runs, I find that the bottom heating element is not glowing redhot at any temperature or modes. Is your oven's bottom element and both elements turn redhot while baking? What about other modes? Do you think my oven is malfunctioning? Anyways thanks for painstaking effort for making this beautiful blog with photos!

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    1. Congrats on ur new oven!! Reg heating of coils: Both coils heat up alternatively while baking...so dont worry if both coils dont heat up simultaneously, the working of OTG is like that the top and bottom coil heats up alternatively according to the temperature the food needs.Hope this helps!

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  85. OK I will see and tell you by this saturday. Thanks! :)

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  86. Yes there was a malfunction with the bottom heating element! It was repaired by a technician today.

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  87. Hi, this is a very useful post. I am planning to buy an otg, as I'm staying alone, I wanted to buy a small otg 6-9 lit. Types... Just wanted to understand if that's ok, or are the functionalities also reduced in the smaller otgs. The maximum time limit is also 15 min.Please suggest...

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  88. I am really not sure of the functionalities of the smaller otgs....you can check out the retail store and then decide

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  89. hello Sharmilee, i'm planning to buy an OTG. I'm confused as to what capacity would be suitable for me. Would you know what capacity I would require to bake 2 cakes at the same time, maybe on 2 racks. Would 28 ltrs be sufficient for this?

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    1. I guess yes as its the biggest size....But I havent tried baking in 2 racks simultaneously so not really sure

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  90. Hello Sharmilee... plz tell me which kind of utensils are appropriate in Morphy richards otg:
    Silicon, aluminium, steel or glass...

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  91. I have used aluminium,nonstick bakewares and few borosil glasswares in OTG....Silicon will work too

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  92. Hello Sharmilee,

    Thanks for this post ,it was such an useful one for baking newbies like me.Eventhough your oven is 14l it looks much bigger and in a few pics when i saw the numbers, cookie tray can hold it's almost same as mine which is a 45l :)Am in middle east and i don't know how the manufactures are measuring the capacity.I think it depends on the inner space.Could you just measure your cookie tray for me so that i could compare it with mine .I tried making puffs and bun and both burnt a lil bit at bottom.In my oven i have to select the coils manually and the user manual says for baking, it's the bottom coil.Do you have any suggestions in this to get a better result in baking without getting burnt in the bottom? For browning the top i manually turn the upper coil towards last of baking.Thanks for your valuable time and patience
    Ris

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    1. I will surely measure my cookie tray and update it here....Not really sure I have made buns but didnt face any issues like you say...And my coil operates automatically so the top and bottom coil switches on alternatively....as per the timing and temperature I guess....

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  93. Hello Sharmilee,informative article on OTG.I have a Panasonic MW27 ltrs,Convection mode,so far good with baking following your blog and other bakers.I recently bought a non-stick cupcake pan just about 12/4[!]with 6 cup holders.To my surprise i find the tray rubbing the walls and coil in the back wall while on turntable!I am seriously thinking of buying the same OTG like yours and continue my baking trials.Guide please.Thank you so much for the blog.

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    1. I havent used any other oven other than OTG...from my 3+ yrs of using it I can say I am totally satisfied with it.

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  94. hi sharmilee,
    hats off to ur blog.very intersting and very informative.i have a power-pac otg in which there r only 2 functional buttons.one is for temperature setting.and the other is for to choose among the sides to be toasted.ie the top or bottom or both the sides have to be toasted.can i still bake the cake in it and expect good results.eagerly awaiting for ur reply.thx.
    Uma.

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    1. I am not really sure but guess if its a oven with convection mode then you can bake!

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  95. hello sharmi,
    Since I am a beginner with baking, I got a doubt if i could use glass utensils in my Morphy Richards OTG. I tried googling, but I was unsuccessful in getting an appropriate answer.
    thanks in advance.

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    1. Yes you can use ovenproof glassware check out borosil products

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  96. Hi, must say your posts are very informative. I am planning to buy a prestige otg. Please advice on it. I have noticed the prestige otg has coil only on the top. Does that make a big difference while baking???

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  97. Hi, I find your tips to be very useful.
    1. I have an OTG with only 2 racks. In either of the racks, the cake does not get baked evenly. So I usually take the cake out and place it on the other rack before the timing ends. Is that fine?
    2. Also, can margarine be substituted for cooking oil?

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    1. 1.I am really not sure as each oven is different...I usually keep in middle for cakes and cookies...please check ur manual for more info
      2.I use only butter / oil havent used margarine at all so not sure

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  98. Hi,
    Very useful tips. It gives a idea about the oven for all beginners.Thanks a lot..

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  99. Hi Sharmilee,
    Wonderful blogs - great recipes! Thanks so much, you make cooking so easy! I already have a few baking pans. Will a 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" diameter pan fit into a 14 ltre morphy richards otg. What is the maximum size of pans that fit in your otg?
    Thanks so much for all the time and effort!

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    1. I think no...the pan I have are very small not very sure about the size. It holds only a 6 muffin pan

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  100. hi sharmi, I just bought a new Morphy Richards 40 Ltr OTG and am new to baking.. you have been talking about the cakes baking automatically.. My otg has provided an option for manual setting as well.. So should I set it for top and bottom manually or will it take it up automatically

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    1. This sounds new to me as mine doesnt have a manual setting for rods heating up...Please refer to my reply to @Meenakshi's comment here...

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  101. hi
    i am gayathri,, my sister suggested me this website. its very very useful... i have my 18ltrs otg by morphy richards.. i have misplaced my cooking tray..i brought a silver tray from niligiris.. can i bake the cookies in that tray by placing it above the metal rod tray,,thanks in advance

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    1. Yes you can use the black tray that comes with the oven itself...You can place a butter paper on that and then place the cookies...thats how I bake cookies.You can use aluminum tray too...

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  102. hi sharmi...i have purchased an 23ltr otg and i am new at baking !! Do the heating elements turn red when baking ? please help me out...

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    1. yes the rods do turn red while baking...

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  103. hi sharmin i have a question ?i have a singer otg oven when i keep the nob on bake mode only the lower coil turns red and in which my cake comes good.but recently i bought anew otg oven thats morphy richard brand i want to know that when we keep the nob on bake mode do both the coils turns red the lower coil turn more red then the upper one i am confused pls help {when we keep the nob on bake mode which coil should turn red }

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    1. Oh I am not really sure....Usually the coils heat up alternatively and mine is automatic...Please check my reply to @Meenakshi's comment for more details..

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  104. Hi Sharmin....Thanku for posting such wonderful recipes..!!!
    I was planning to purchase an oven..my main purpose of oven will be baking..
    Should i go with Morphy Richards OTG or u'd like to suggest any other option..??

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    1. If your main purpose is only baking then go in for OTG...Brand you can check out at the retail...but as far as I've used morphy richards is good.

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  105. hi, jus wntd to clarify ,,,can we use silicon cake moulds for baking in OTG.

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    1. Though I havent personally used it I have heard from friends that silicon moulds are safe to use in OTG too...

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  106. hello i want to buy an oven i am confused about microwave , convection and OTG which 1 will help in fast cooking what i should choose please tell me..... and suggest me a good model between 10000.....Thanks in advance...:-)

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    1. It actually depends on your need...If you want to both cook and bake go in for a microwave oven....just for baking purpose then OTG is best

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  107. Hie Sharmi,

    Even i have joined your bandwagon...Just left my job after working for 9 yrs in the same org...jus to be wid my lil one. even am really passionate abt baking (am a novice though)...came across ur website n felt Eureka!!!! i have found it......

    Jus wantd a few clarifications...u kno wat yestrday only i bot a new 52 litres Morphy OTG...and am all excited abt baking in it ......in the above post u have said for Cakes: u need to keep the wire rack and preheat & for for cookies & cupcakes u need to preheat the oven empty.....jus wanted to kno i need not keep the wire rack and pre-heat for cup cakes?? Also incase i wish to bake 2 cakes at a time i mean 2 pans can i do so.....in that case can i keep the wire rack in the middle and 1 pan on it and the baking tray at the bottom and the second pan on it? Can i do so??

    Please advice

    Sushmitha

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    1. Good to know about that Sushmitha! Congrats on your new oven too!
      Reg preheating I have tried both ways but I recommend to keep the wirerack while preheating and once preheating is done just place the muffin tray on the wirerack and start baking. I always use the middle rack....but havent tried baking 2 pans at the same time as mine is a small oven.Hope this clarifies

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  108. Hello Sharmilee,
    I am Kirti and i am looking for an Otg... Seen that you have recommended Morphy Richards, but i think they have stopped making 14 ltr capacity otgs. We are a vegetarian family and do not require the rotisserie models (18 ltrs). The other lesser capacity model that they have is the 9 ltr one... Can you guide me pls as to how should i go about choosing the same?

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    1. You can choose a bigger one so that you can bake a bigger cake...I think 9 ltrs is too small

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  109. Hi Sharmilee,
    I came across your blog today and found out to be very interesting and informational too. Here is my question. I currently have a basic solo microwave oven which i use pretty much for reheating food or coffee. I would love to own a oven on which I can do a lot more stuff like very importantly roasting, grilling meat and making barbeque. I dont do much of baking cakes or cookies as such. But I would love to grill a turkey for a Thanks giving dinner. Which one is the ideal?. the Microwave convection model or the OTG ones. I was thinking I should go with the OTG as I also already have a basic microwave oven at home. If I have to pick up a OTG, should I have to be bothered about the watts or any other technical specifications that I need to check. Thank you for patiently reading my question :-)

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    1. OTG is good for grilling and baking....I havent used microwave oven at all so cant judge between the 2....But personally if you ask me....I can say OTG works great for grilling esp nonveg dishes.Reg specifiactions, check the oven size alone and that you can decide on ur family requirements....

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  110. I have bajaj 10litre otg, but i have timing option and temperature selector in that model, can i bake cake in that otg, because i do not have the option to choose bake,toast grill. Is that fine? I understand that 10 liter is very small, but my concern is with out having the selector[bake,toast grill] can i bake cake in that?

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    1. OTG is meant for baking but not sure about the mode selector in your oven..Please check your manual before you start baking which is a safe option

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  111. hello Sharmilee,

    I want try baking through ur recipes. since it'll be my 1st time can you pls suggest OTG or Oven which is better to buy and also let me know the specifications so that its easier for me to buy one. appreciate your prompt reply.

    Regards
    Smitha

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    1. Hi Smitha, I have been using only OTG since I've started to bake so not sure about microwave baking.....So it will not be justified for me to compare between the 2...hope you understand!

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  112. Dear Sharmi,

    I own a new Steamwave oven from Sharp. It's a microwave with steam and grill option. In the microwave option, only Watts is available, no temp. settings. So, how much time should i select as to match your temperature settings? It's also has fan enabled during microwave. so, i think, it's very fast in cooking. So, how to set the temp?

    Any ideas.. kindly share. Also, in the available grill option, how to do a grilled veg. sandwich?

    Waiting for your help..

    Thanks and Regards,

    S. Sriumadevi Srinivasan

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    1. I own an OTG and the working is different to that of microwave....I havent used microwave at all so sorry couldnt help u in this regard, ur manual is the best place to check or google out mentioning ur model name

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  113. I own morphy richards otg 45 rc ss..has 4 knobs..i bake cake placing on lower wrack(has 4 wracks) at convention on baking mode..but cake gets burnt from below n uncooked from top..plz sgst

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  114. I usually place in middle rack....try changing the rack

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  115. I bought otg 40 RC-SS.I dont know if this size is ok.as most people are saying they have opted for 18lts or even smaller.does the size of otg has any effect on the size of the cake one bakes.this model has convection mode also where fan gets switched on. What purpose can I use it for

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    1. No the size doesnt affect the cake....Its the cake tin size and the batter quantity for that cake tin matters the most.....I am not sure Ruchi as mine is an OTG I am not sure of the modes

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  116. Hi Sharmilee,
    Great blog and this is super useful post.
    I also have a Morphy Richard OTG-18 Ltr. While baking , I use the middle rack , but conused about the mode to select and timing accordingly. Do u use BAke mode(only the down coil heats up) or Toast Mode(both up and down coil heats up) ? . I tried with both and kept for some 25 mins for muffin and 15 for Cookie, but somehow they burn at bottom and are not cooked well from top..
    What am i ding wrong here

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    1. I use toast mode for preheating and use bake mode for baking.Bake mode is the one you should use for baking cakes/cookies....In my oven the coils heat up automatically.

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  117. Hi, today only I hv gone through your blogs.. they are very informative and recipes look yummy... already noted down many of your cake and cookies recipe.
    Actually I am planning to buy an OTG and confused about the size. Can you please help me out... I just wanted to know how big the size of the pan of a 14 or 16 ltr OTG???? Is it possible to place two cakes at a time. What is the exact size of the cake a 14 or 16 ltr OTG can make??? Please help...!!!!

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    1. Reg the size : I have a 12 ltr OTG and it is small but suffice for my family bakes but I can keep only one cake tin at a time.....So the size purely depends on your needs

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