Learning how to use your oven correctly is more than half the battle in making perfect baked items. Here are some tips for ensuring your oven is set and heated properly.
So many finicky details make the difference in baking. The position of the rack in the oven is almost as important as the baking temperature! And pan rotation is important for even baking too. Too many recipes don’t even mentionrack position or pan rotation. Go figure.
Here are my rules for racks and rotation (for non-convection gas ovens) when recipes don’t otherwise specify:
To bake cake(s) on one rack: Position the rack in the lower third (just below center) of the oven. If baking more than one pan on the rack, rotate the pans from the front to the back a little over halfway through the baking time. Exception: I bake a single thin sheet of cake for a jellyroll, in the center of the oven.
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