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How to correct uneven baking or browning

Are your baked goods not cooked or brown on the bottom? 

Try using a lower rack position. Shiny and insulated pans may require additional time and/or need to be closer to the bake element.  

Are your baked goods too brown on top, but undercooked on the bottom? 

Did you thoroughly preheat the oven? If bake times are less than 25 minutes, the oven should be preheated for 20 minutes. Not thoroughly preheating the oven can cause excessive top heat to the food and result in over-browning on top. 

Are your baked goods not browning the same as they did in your old oven? 

Your oven will have either a bake element visible on the floor of the oven or hidden under the oven cavity.  An unseen element means you have a Hidden Bake element. 

Ovens with a visible bake element: 

Adjust the rack closer to the element to shorten the time food takes to brown on the bottom. Lower the rack from the #3 position to the #2 position.
 

NOTE:  Shiny pans reflect heat. When using shiny pans, it may be necessary to move the pans closer to the heat source(refer to chart below).

Do you have a Hidden Bake element?  

Your oven will have either a bake element visible on the floor of the oven or hidden under the liner. The one hidden under the liner is the Hidden Bake element. 

Hidden elements offer a buffered heat. Reposition the rack closer to the bottom of the oven cavity to move the food proportionately closer to the element. Lower the rack to the #2 or #1 position.  

NOTE:  Shiny pans reflect heat. When using shiny pans, it may be necessary to move the pans closer to the heat source(refer to chart below).

Is the batter evenly distributed in the pan? 

Check to make sure batter is level in the pan.

Is the product level? 

Level the range. Refer to your Installation Instructions. 

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Has the oven door been opened while cooking? 

Frequent door opening during cooking releases oven heat and can result in longer cooking times. 

Are pie crust edges browning early? 

Use aluminum foil to cover the edge of the crust. 

Do you have the proper power supply? 

If your electric oven is supplied with a 208 volt power supply, preheating will take longer.

Once the oven is preheated, there is no difference in cooking performance.

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Are you using the proper bakeware? 

Dark, dull pans absorb heat which results in darker browning.  Shiny pans reflect heat which results in lighter browning (see chart below).

Bakeware Results Recommendations
Light colored aluminum Light golden crust Use temperature and time recommended in recipe
Dark aluminum and other bakeware with dark, dull and/or nonstick finish  Brown, crisp crusts

May need to reduce baking temperatures 25° F(15°C).

Use suggested baking time.

For pies, breads and casseroles, use temperature recommended in recipe.

 Place rack in center of oven.

Insulated cookie sheets or baking pans Little or no bottom browning

Place in the bottom third of oven.

May need to increase baking time.

Is your oven control properly calibrated? 

CLICK HERE for information on evaluating if temperature calibration is required.

Please see the oven calibration section in your Use and Care Guide for specific instructions on how to calibrate your oven. 

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CLICK HERE for a video about improving baking and browning results.

For more detailed information on baking in your oven refer to your Use and Care Guide.

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