Baking Tips: Getting the Best out of your Aga
Whether you have a long standing relationship with your Aga or you’re new to the Aga family, it’s always a good idea to get to know your particular oven. Despite being one of, if not the best range cookers in the world, people often struggle with baking cakes in the Aga; this is because they differ substantially from conventional gas ovens and electric ovens. So, as Aga experts, we thought that we’d share a few baking tips with you to ensure that you get the most out of your Aga.
About the Aga
The traditional Aga is always ‘on’, so to speak; therefore you do not have to worry about pre-heating the oven when baking cakes. Aga cookers generally do not have temperature dials, as they have a knob to control the temperature of all the individual ovens collectively. As the Aga works with radiant heat, it is the perfect tool for creating mouth-wateringly moist cakes and lovely loaves of bread.
Get to Know your Aga
The best way to ensure that you bake fantastic cakes and pies is to experiment with different temperatures and settings to find what is best for you. Read your Aga’s instruction manual, as this will introduce you to some basic baking tips – once you’ve mastered these, your baking will begin to flourish. Ensure that you find out about all of the functions that your oven has to offer. Another great way to learn some new tips is to go along to an Aga cookery demonstration at your local Aga shop.
If you are lucky enough to have a 3 or 4 oven Aga, you will have an oven specifically designed for baking; this is a quality oven that is equal to most commercial ovens. Use the roasting oven with the Aga plain shelf if you have a 2 oven Aga.
If you are using the roasting oven for baking cakes, then make sure that you take the time to experiment and put the shelves on different runners; this will help you to see where your cake bakes best. A great tip for ensuring that your cake, loaf or pie doesn’t burn is to place the cold Aga baking shelf on the top of it – nobody wants a burnt cake! Don’t be put off if anything does go wrong, keep trying and experimenting; you will find what works for you in the end. Start off with traditional, basic recipes such as fairy cakes and scones, then work your way up to more elaborate creations.
Keep Your Aga in Top Shape
To ensure that you always get the best out of your Aga, you need to ensure that you get it serviced regularly. An Aga is the best range cooker in the world, and that is why we specialise in Aga servicing in Exeter, so that you can keep creating the most delicious dishes and baking the most beautiful cakes – you never know; you might be on the Great British Bake Off one day!