Countertop convection ovens are ideal for baking small baked goods such as cookies, muffins, brownies and cupcakes, but users can also bake pizzas, crostini, casseroles and flat bread. In addition to baking, users may also utilize a countertop convection oven to roast meats and poultry.
Although it is possible to bake larger items such as cakes, pies and bread loaves, these items require greater care. Depending on the model, hot spots may occur in the back of the convection oven or directly under the fan, which leads to uneven baking of larger items. Taller items may also burn on top due to their close proximity to the convection fan. To solve this problem, users may cover the item with aluminum foil for the majority of the baking time. Users may also wish to turn items during baking to ensure even heat distribution.
Before baking, users should test their pans and casserole dishes to ensure they fit in the oven. They should then place the rack to the lowest position, measuring the distance so the food item sits at least 1 inch from the heating element. Countertop ovens cook faster than standard ovens, and users may need to decrease a recipe's cooking temperature by 20 to 25 degrees to avoid burning the food.