The DeLonghi convection oven offers many options for cooking everyday meals and snacks for both the beginner and advanced cook. It features convection, bake, toast and broil settings, and with push-button control, this personal oven transitions from toast to bake to broil within seconds. The DeLonghi oven is convenient for cooking in small quantities; it is perfect for cooking for one to three people.
Broiling in the DeLonghi convection oven provides an easy solution for food that needs a brown, crusted top, or quick sear. Position the oven rack in the highest position and preheat the oven to broil. The timer will automatically set for one hour cooking, but you will only need to broil most items for five to ten minutes. For a healthy and quick meal, place a 113gr. piece of orange roughy on the specially-sized DeLonghi baking tray. Spray a non-stick spray onto the pan before broiling. Sprinkle the fish with a dash of garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika and kosher salt. Place the seasoned fish in the hot oven and broil for five to seven minutes. You will know the fish is cooked thoroughly when the fish flakes easily in the middle when a fork is inserted. The fish will turn from a translucent white to a solid white. All fish should be cooked to 62.8 degrees C to be safe from food-born illnesses.
When toasting in the DeLonghi convection oven, the toast setting always sets to level four. This is the hottest setting. You may want to start your toast on a lower setting and add more time, or a higher level of heat, if you want a more toasted piece of bread. The DeLonghi convection oven's toast setting is perfect for crunchy frozen waffles, crisp toast and toasted bagels. Make a quick garlic bread with a loaf of Italian bread. Slice the Italian baguette to fit the baking tray provided by DeLonghi. Lightly drizzle extra virgin olive oil onto the Italian bread. Sprinkle a light dusting of garlic powder and then about 1 tbsp of Parmesan cheese. Toast on level three and check to see if the bread is toasted. Remove from the oven when the edges are browned and the cheese on the top is slightly toasted.
Use the convection bake setting on the DeLonghi Convection oven when you want to bake with even heat distribution. Baking only provides a heating source from the top or bottom of an oven, but the convection setting circulates the heat with a fan. This provides even heat distribution, which is useful for baked goods. To use the convection baking option, press the "fan bake" button and press start. For quick and easy sugar cookies, use the following recipe and bake on the convection setting.
1/2 cup margarine (softened at room temperature) 1 cup white sugar 1 tbsp plus 1 tsp whole milk 1 medium egg 1 tsp real vanilla extract 1/2 tsp table salt 1 tsp baking powder 1-1/2 cups flour
Cream together the margarine and sugar in a bowl until fluffy and completely smooth. Add the milk, egg and vanilla. Mix the ingredients well and add salt, baking powder and flour. Combine the ingredients together until the dough is smooth and consistent. Grease your DeLonghi baking tray with oil and drop teaspoon-size drops of cookie dough onto the sheet. Bake on convection at 191 degrees C for about eight minutes. The cookies will be finished with they are slightly crisped on the edges.
The "bake" option of the DeLonghi convection oven is a perfect kitchen tool if you are only cooking for one or two people. Press the "bake" button and then hit "start" to begin the bake cycle. Try baking gourmet personal pizzas with the following recipe.
1 package pre-made pizza dough (fresh or thawed dough from the frozen section) 1/4 cup canned pizza sauce 2 tbsp sun-dried tomatoes, chopped 1/4 cup fresh mozzarella, chopped 2 tbsp goat cheese 2 tbsp. Parmesan cheese 1 tbsp of basil, chopped
Preheat your DeLonghi Convection oven to 191 degrees C. The automatic setting on bake is 176 degrees C, so raise the temperature one notch up to 190 degrees C. Make two disks about 4 inches in circumference with the fresh pizza dough. You will only need about 1/2 cup of dough for each personal pizza. Flatten the discs with a floured rolling pin and place on a greased DeLonghi baking tray. With a spoon, add tomato sauce to each dough disc. Divide the sun-dried tomatoes between each dough disc. Sprinkle the basil, Parmesan cheese and goat cheese between each disc. Finish the pizzas by evenly sprinkling on fresh mozzarella cheese. Bake these pies for 12 minutes, or until the crusts are browned and crunchy.
Cleaning the Oven
Remove the false bottom that collects the crumbs and spillovers from cooking. Either soak the tray or clean it in the dish washer. For quick cleaning, cover the tray with foil and simply remove the dirty foil when it needs changing. Replace the dirty foil with new foil and slide the tray back in place.