Finally after much consideration and thoughts, I had finally decided to buy a bench top electric oven instead of the build in type. Previously I am using the Panasonic microwave with convection baking mode to bake my cupcakes, cookies and cakes. However, the quantity I can bake at a time is not as much and it will take a few rounds to finish baking. I find that it is quite time consuming. Thus with my interest in baking, I had decided to buy a bigger capacity oven so that I bake more in a shorter period of time. Especially during festive season like Christmas and Chinese new year.
So the question is : Bench top oven or build in oven?
Initially we thought of the build in oven. Frog and I had looked through the kitchen to see which are the possible space / area for the oven. We had go around to source for the build in oven and checked with the staff on how to re ‘renovate’ the cabinet space for the build in oven.
Advice from the staff:
1. Get a carpenter to do up the space for the build in oven ( Re renovate – involves knocking down of existing cabinets etc)
2. Go to ikea to buy the ‘box’ to contain the build in oven. Ikea do sell this kind of ‘box’ that fits most build in oven.
We had checked on the price for the carpenter and it cost about $200 or more for the carpentry work. The ‘box’ from Ikea cost about $160 or more depends on the laminate that you choose. Option 2 was out due to space constrain in the kitchen.
After much thinking and planning, frog and I thought that it will be quite troublesome to re renovate the kitchen and not to add on more cost to our pockets. A build in oven ranges from $700 plus and more Thus the idea of getting build in oven was out. So next question which brand of bench top oven is better? Any additional space to place the oven? Another round of sourcing the bench top oven , reading up online for bench top oven review an space allocation for the oven. I am so glad that frog go through all the sourcing and planning with me.It makes the buying process fun! 2 brains is better than 1.
After looking through reviews and shopping around, we had decided to buy Rowenta OC7868 38L Electric Oven. So far, it is the only bench top oven with internal fan for even distribution of heat. This is a plus point as temperature of the oven is a very important factor for baking. I had bought the oven from Tampines Mega Courts. Courts sales person told us that there will be a Rowenta promoter station at their outlet and he will answer any queries on the oven. Not only that, we can call him in advance to tell him what cake / cookies we are interested to learn and he will buy the ingredients and give a demonstration on how to bake. The promoter is on leave when we went to purchase the oven. I will definitely call and ask him to show us how to bake butter cake.
Rowenta OC7868 Bench Top Electric Oven
I had started to bake cookies and cakes using the new Rowenta OC7868 oven. Stay tune for oven review.
Counting down to weekend! Cheers!