Whether you are an expert baker or just starting to learn the skills, you might know already that baking can get tricky. What’s even more tricky is that you don’t which steps in a recipe have to strictly followed and which ones you can play a bit.
If you have read recipe indicating where to specifically place the food in the baking racks inside the oven, this has a very good reason why. For one, because different parts of the oven have different heat-force. One heat source is at the top of the oven and the other comes from the bottom. When the oven has come to the desired temperature, the heat from the bottom maintains the temperature of the oven. The bottom oven rack is perfect for the baked goods that you want to brown intensely on the bottom like crust pizzas and breads. While the top rack is great for items that go with a crusty brown top on such as pies.
Just like in the baking racks you use to cool your baked goodies, the middle oven rack is the best place for cooking cookies, cakes, and brownies. In case you’re baking more than one pan of something, ensure that you rotate the baked goods between different racks. For instance, when you are baking two pans of cookies at once, swap the center pan to the bottom pan halfway through your cooking. The main point here is that you’re not married to the rack where you started out. Moving around will give you an even baked item. Just keep in mind what you want to achieve in the finished product and set your mind to it.
Now that you know where the heat comes from in your oven, you would be guided where to start baking and where to end. And of course, don’t forget to cool your baked goodies in baking racks for a complete finish.