Motivational Monday – Getting back my baking groove

It’s been months since I mentioned about getting a new oven. Well the oven that sits in my kitchen is really just a microwave convection oven and many would  agree that it’s baking function is really  inadequate if you’re serious about baking. Honestly, I have no qualms about it’s ability as an oven when I bought it and it did serve me well for the past 5-6 years. But over time, it’s heating ability had lost steam and it’s now reduced to just a regular microwave oven.

In fact, I did give it another chance when I tried it with this grilled fish recipe. But I was left disappointed  and had to fall back on my Happy Call Pan. Not wanting to put up with more frustration in the kitchen, I started my search for my new oven.

And who better to ask for recommendation than my friends who are avid bakers. Wanna make a guess what they all voted for?

The Rowenta was most people’s first choice and Tefal came in close behind.

The main reason why they recommend Rowenta is because unlike most brands where the ovens are made in China, Rowenta’s ovens are from France.  I’m no snob but since I’m already planning to get an oven might as well make it a worthwhile investment. Plus a friend told me that Rowentas are most widely used in most baking classes that she’s attended, so there!

Among the available models, I picked the Rowenta Gourmet Precision Electric Oven (model OC 7891). This model comes with the most features and the main selling point that had Alexis sold, was the steam function which promises to deliver softer cakes as it is able to retain moisture. Of course cakes was not on his mind and he was looking forward to me cooking with the oven.

In addition, it also comes with a cocotte as shown in the picture,  which is a glass casserole which you can grill or steam your food in.

This model also has a fan function which allows the heat to be evenly distributed which means biscuits and cakes will be evenly browned and reduce crackings on the surfaces of cakes .

Oh and have I mentioned it’s white and looks absolutely stunning in my kitchen now.

I think I’m back to my baking groove again!

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Comments: 26

  1. San September 3, 2012 at 10:18 am Reply

    Awesome looking oven!

  2. Dominique@Dominique's Desk September 3, 2012 at 10:20 am Reply

    Great to see that you have your new oven in your kitchen. Can’t wait to see what new bakes comes out of it.

    • Susan September 3, 2012 at 12:18 pm Reply

      We’re baking cupcakes for Sophie’e teachers for Teacher’s Day! Can’t wait for Friday to pick up some tips from you!

  3. Madeline September 3, 2012 at 11:52 am Reply

    Glad u’re back on your groove! Hope to taste one of your creations one day 🙂

  4. Stephanie September 3, 2012 at 12:38 pm Reply

    How great to have a new oven! Happy baking!

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  6. Jayne September 3, 2012 at 12:40 pm Reply

    Baking is addictive! Glad you are back at it and it definitely helps that you have a great new oven! ;p

  7. Summer September 3, 2012 at 12:49 pm Reply

    Nice to see a new oven! I can’t wait to try mine when I get back to sg too! It’s been sitting there for a year already!~ Good luck with the cupcakes!

  8. Ai Sakura September 3, 2012 at 12:51 pm Reply

    Looks like a real beauty in white 🙂 nice!

  9. Gigi September 3, 2012 at 1:48 pm Reply

    Daddy pays and Mummy bakes, good deal 🙂 Nice addition to the kitchen, happy baking!

    • Susan September 3, 2012 at 2:35 pm Reply

      Haha what made you think that Daddy paid for it? There’s a reason why I’m still working, to finance my own hobbies 🙂

      • Gigi September 3, 2012 at 2:45 pm Reply

        Haha oops, then I must say daddy’s quite involved in the oven purchase because at least he pays attention to the selling point! Mine doesn’t care much, an oven is an oven!

  10. Lee Lee September 3, 2012 at 9:01 pm Reply

    Happy baking. It can be a great to distress. I Do that some times too.

    • Susan September 4, 2012 at 8:26 pm Reply

      Thanks Lee Lee. I cook to de-stress. Looks like baking can be a great way to de-stress too but that is if I don’t end up eating what I baked and end up putting on weight 😛

  11. Ashleen Moreen September 5, 2012 at 7:08 am Reply

    I miss baking cupcakes for my nephews.
    When I was in Colorado, I used to make pirate cupcakes for my little boys and we do that every weekend!

    • Susan September 5, 2012 at 5:38 pm Reply

      Pirate cupcakes? Wow that sounds like fun. Is it decorated with fondant?

  12. […] her teacher. So over the weekends, we baked cupcakes to mark our inaugural bake using the brand new oven that I got. We thought that it would be nice to also add a handmade gift, so we made a flower for […]

  13. Jasmine - Gift Wrapsody September 5, 2012 at 6:42 pm Reply

    Hi Susan, wow, with a steaming function. Sounds wonderful! Can’t wait to see all the baked goodies that come out of your kitchen 🙂

    • Susan September 5, 2012 at 11:43 pm Reply

      More baking to come:) Watch this space!

  14. Rachel September 7, 2012 at 12:31 am Reply

    What a nifty new oven u got, it can even steam food. Good to see that u have already started putting it to good use this week with the lovely cupcakes. Looking forward to more of your baking adventures on your blog!

  15. Evelyn September 26, 2012 at 1:42 am Reply

    Not that I have a baking groove, but I have a Moulinex portable oven that drives me nuts because it doesn’t heat up enough. Have been thinking of getting a better oven; is the Rowenta expensive?

    • Susan September 26, 2012 at 2:46 pm Reply

      The Rowenta tends to be more pricy as they are made in France. The basic model starts at around $500. But I’ve come across some forums that mentioned they had a sale prior to CNY and the discounts were good. So if you wait, why not?

  16. Scharlie Lim October 28, 2012 at 12:44 am Reply

    The Rowenta Demonstrator will be doing cooking Demo at Court Clementi till end of Oct
    on OC 7891 with some steaming dishes.

    1st to 15 Nov Demo at Court, NEX Upper Serangoon

    16 th to 30th Nov Court Clementi

    Those whom want to know more about the oven can look up for him at these two places.

    For your info and up-date

  17. […] reminded me that I’m still an individual with my own passion and dreams. So I got back to baking with my new oven… but still not as often as I hoped. And thanks to the blogging moms from […]

  18. Mil January 4, 2017 at 10:52 am Reply

    Hello! How is your Rowenta oc7891 performance so far, 4 years later? Would you still recommend it? And what do you think of the steaming function? Is it worth to spend S$100 more than the oc7868?
    Happy New Year!
    Thanks 🙂

    • Susan January 22, 2017 at 9:34 pm Reply

      It’s actually a very good oven but I realised I’m really not a baker so it’s been sitting on my shelf for the longest time.

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