This High-End Cuisinart Toaster Oven Can Do It All

If you love to cook like we do then having a toaster oven at your disposal is a necessity these days. These small ovens are not limited to just making toast but they can do just about everything that you need to cook a well rounded meal for your entire family.

One of our favorite ovens of 2017, going into 2018, is the Cuisinart TOB-260N1. It has all of the high tech bells and whistles that make it stand out from the other ovens on the market. If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to cook more homemade meals for your loved ones then this one oven you should consider. Here are just a few of the reasons that we love it.

Awesome Cooking Features

The one model that this gets compared to quite often is the Breville Smart Oven Pro. At first glance they do look similar, but there are some subtle differences that should be noted and can be found in the latest Cuisinart TOB-260N1 review. Below are some of the aspects of this toaster oven that stand out.

Ultra-Modern Design

This thing looks like it was made for the Starship Enterprise. It is made with stainless steel that gives it a contemporary look. It also has a LCD display screen to match that of the Breville ovens. Its overall stance on your countertop looks sharp and it can fit into any style of kitchen you may have.

Cooking Performance

This is a convection oven which means that it automatically offers a more efficient way to prepare your meals. It also has two different convection features which is currently unique to this model. This method of cooking circulates the air inside the oven to make sure everything inch of your food is done evenly. You do not have to worry about hot spots. This will also slightly reduce your cook times which will save you energy as well.

Cuisinart also uses its “Exact Heat” technology to further ensure even cooking. With 11 preset cook settings most of the guesswork is also taken out of the equation. You do not have to worry about making a mistake.

Roomy Size

You can roast whole chickens, bake bread, and prepare a casserole inside of this oven. It has a rather large interior for a countertop appliance and it can handle all but the largest dishes, like Thanksgiving Day turkey. You can let your standard sized oven collect dust.

Simple To Clean

A non-stick interior and stainless steel exterior lend itself to quick cleanup. Most messes, splatters, and spills can be erased with just a damp cloth. Its smaller size, compared to a full range oven, means that it should take just a couple of minutes.

Bonus Features

The TOB-260N has an interior light to let you see the progress. This may seem like an insignificant thing but you would miss it if it was left out and not all toaster ovens have this feature.

While they are not the highest quality, this oven does come with some pans and baking accessories to help you get the most out of your cooking experience.

The crumb tray is also accessible from the front. This adds to the convenience of cleaning.

Almost Perfect

It is hard to find something that checks all of the boxes perfectly and this oven does have some minor issues that could be improved upon. One of the common complaints is its wide stance. If you have limited room on your kitchen counter then you should make sure you take some measurements to make sure this will fit.

As we mentioned earlier, the pans that come with this model are not of the highest quality and you will probably want to buy some better ones. This will add to your overall cost.

Cook Better For Your Family

A new year means a chance to start over and do things that will benefit yourself and your family. Cooking at home lets you control your ingredients and you can have a profound impact on the health of everyone in your home by ensuring that they eat complete and wholesome meals. The Cuisinart TOB-260N can help you achieve these goals by offering you a convenient and quick way to make healthy meals. Stick to your plan and your efforts will be rewarded.

Cooking With Convection In The Kitchen

countertop convection oven benefits

The best way to eat healthy is to cook healthy. The convenience of fast food is quite alluring especially if most of your day is dedicated to a full time job and your family. While it may be fast, it is probably not going to be all that good for you. When you prepare your own meals in your kitchen you are in charge of the ingredients and you can include vegetables and lean meats to make something that is both delicious and healthy for your loved ones.

One great way to reduce the work involved in making home cooked dishes is to use a convection oven. This method of cooking allows you to speed up the processes without sacrificing on taste. Rather than going out and spending a couple of thousand dollars to replace your full sized oven you could instead get a more budget friendly convection toaster oven for your countertop.

While they may be a bit smaller, they are quite capable of delivering some surprisingly mouth watering results that your entire family will enjoy. Modern toaster ovens have advanced to the point where they can really take the place of your full sized oven for most of your cooking needs. Sure they can make toast, but they can also roast, bake, broil, defrost, reheat, and cook anything that you can make in a standard oven. Add in convection functionality, and you have a truly versatile kitchen appliance that can transform the way that your family eats. Recent toaster oven reviews reveal that the top ranked countertop convection ovens cost between $200 and $300, which is truly a bargain for how much they will end up helping you in the kitchen.

What Is Convection?

This feature simply means that the air inside of the oven gets circulated around the food by means of an interior fan. This action helps ensure faster cooking times and enables food to get done evenly on all sides. Perhaps the only downside of this feature is that you will have to adjust your recipe times to prevent overcooking your food, which is a nice problem to have.

Top Convection Toaster Ovens

Below are just a few of the top ranked convection ovens that are currently available. They are generally in the same price range and they are some of the most popular choices currently on the market.

Breville Smart Oven Series

For years the Breville BOV800XL Smart Oven has been the benchmark for convection toaster oven excellence. This particular model is perhaps the best selling countertop option for many reasons. It’s stylish design, LCD display screen, easy to use controls, preset functions, and its cooking performance are just some of the aspects of this small oven that owners really love. Not one to rest on their laurels, Breville has also come out with two other convection ovens that add a little more functionality and an interior light. It’s convection cooking is a huge advantage of this oven as it works exactly as advertised and makes preparing full meals for your family less of a hassle. It’s non-stick surfaces and front crumb tray also ensure that it is easy to get clean. You really cannot go wrong with a Breville when it comes to any over their small kitchen ovens.

Cuisinart TOB-260

One look at the TOB-260N and you will see that they are trying to dethrone Breville from the top of the countertop oven mountain. This is one sharp looking appliance that fits right into any modern kitchen. It ups the ante by including 2 convection settings. It has many of the design aspects of a Breville including sleek stainless steal and a LCD display. Intuitive controls let you easily choose from its long list of preset options for optimal cooking. This oven has interior heat sensors to ensure even browning. It has not been out that long, but it is already making quite a name for itself. It has enough interior room to prepare meals for your family that are sure to love. This is another excellent option for anyone looking to get a convection oven that won’t break the bank.

KitchenAid

We’ll end with another highly rated brand name small kitchen appliance maker. KitchenAid has thrown their hat in the ring with the KCO273SS (lousy name) convection toaster oven. While its name is uninspiring, its performance and options are another story. Again, this is another modern machine that offers stainless steel design and an LCD screen. It’s preset functions and convection cooking settings also live up to their hype. The price is similar to the other options above, which really makes choosing between them a difficult choice. However, you really cannot go wrong with any option.

Take back control of what you feed your family and prepare some of the healthiest meals that you can imagine in less time by getting a convection oven for your kitchen. The convenience, energy savings, and time savings make having one of these ovens on your countertop well worth the investment. There are plenty of high quality options out there that will be a fantastic addition to any type of kitchen. Take your cooking into the 21st century and put down the fast food.

Some Of Our Favorite Indulgent Pastry Recipes

For all those that love to bake we have got a few pastry recipes that might tempt your tastebuds. Perfect for parties, bake sales or just to surprise your family, there is nothing as putting a smile a someone’s face as you offer them some freshly prepared pastry dishes.

Muffin Madness

Sizzle up your everyday muffins with these great mix of flavors.

Ingredients:

470 gm Wheat flour
450 gm Sugar
1 and 1/2 tsp Baking powder
250 gm Water
130 gm Sunflower oil
1 tsp Vanilla essence
2 Zest of limes

[Raspberry Butter cream]

500 gm Icing sugar
220 gm Margarine
3 tsp Raspberry pulp
3 Almonds (sliced)
9 Raspberries (whole)

Instructions to follow:

For the cake add wheat, baking powder and sugar in a bowl. Mix the ingredients thoroughly to make a mixture of all the dry ingredients. In another bowl, mix sunflower oil, vanilla essence, zest of limes and water to make a solution of all the liquid ingredients. Next, pour the dry mixture slowly into the liquid mixture while beating continuously until a smooth and even texture is reached.

Next, take a muffin tray and grease it with butter. Divide the muffin batter into equal parts onto the tray and insert it into a pre-heated oven at 180 degree. Let the muffins bake for 10 to 15 minutes if you are using a mini muffin tray or 20 to 40 minutes if you’re using a jumbo muffin tray. Once done, insert a toothpick into the center of the muffins. If the toothpick comes out clean the muffins are done, otherwise, bake them for 5 more minutes. Let the muffins cool before applying the icing on top.

Raspberry Butter Cream

In a blender, take the margarine and pour in sugar slowly while beating at medium speed. Then add in pulp of raspberries gradually while beating continuously until the mixture is smooth. With the help of a pasty bag decorate the muffins and top it off with sliced almonds and whole raspberries.

Mini Cheesecake

Very easy recipe to make before guests arrive.

Ingredients:

Crust

1/3 cup Graham cracker crumbs
1 tbs sugar
1 tbs Margarine (melted)

Filling

8 ounce Cream cheese (softened)
1 Egg
1/4 cup Sugar
1 and 1/2 tsp Lemon juice
1/4 tsp Vanilla extract
1/2 Lemon zest (grated)

Instructions to follow:

In a bowl, mix the crackers, margarine and sugar until properly mixed. Grease a muffin tray with butter and put one heaping tablespoon of the resulting mixture into each cup of the muffin tray (press firmly on the mixture so that it goes completely flat). Insert the tray into a pre-heated oven at 325 degrees and let it bake for 5 minutes.

While the crust cools, mix the cream cheese, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla essence until the mixture gets fluffy. When that’s done, mix in the egg slowly. Pour this mixture into the muffin tray (fill it up to 3/4th of the cups on the tray). Bake it for 25 minutes at 325 degrees. Let it cool while it’s still in the tray. Once cooled, remove from tray and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Blueberry Cheese Danish Pastry

It can be a bit of a hassle to make but the results are worth the effort.
Ingredients:

5 tsp Active dry yeast
2/3 cup Sugar
1 tsp Salt
3 Egg yolks
2 tsp Vanilla essence
2/3 cup Milk
3 and 3/4 cups Flour
1 and 1/2 cup Butter (unsalted)

Filling

8 ounces Cream cheese
1/4 cup Sugar
1 Egg yolk
1 tsp Vanilla essence
1/4 tsp Salt
2 tsp Orange zest (grated)
1 tsp Lemon zest (grated)
2 tbs Flour

Glaze

1 and 1/4 cup Confectioner’s sugar
3 tbs Lemon juice

Instructions to follow:

Dough

In a large bowl pour 1/4 cup of warm water and add sugar and yeast to it. Let it sit for 5 minutes. When it gets foamy, stir in salt, yolks, vanilla, and milk. Next, add flour to the mixture until it turns into a soft and sticky dough. Cover this dough for an hour. Make sure to keep it somewhere cool.

Butter mixture

Take the butter on a cool surface, roll it with a rolling pin until it softens. At this point add 1/2 cup of flour while blending the mixture until it’s fully combined. Take this butter mixture and cut into 6 inch squares; wrap it in a plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Proceed to take the dough and roll it into 12 inch squares. Put the butter mixture diagonally in the middle. Enclose the butter mixture using the dough like an envelope. Seal it by pinching the edges of the dough. Roll it from the center and do it in such a way that is forms an 18 by 8 inch rectangle. Fold the dough like a book and refrigerate it by wrapping it in a plastic wrapper for 1 hour before rolling it out again. Repeat this procedure twice or more to make the pastries crispier.

In a bowl mix in all the filling ingredients until it smooths and refrigerate it for an hour or more. Take the refrigerated 18 by 8 inch rolled out dough and cut it into 4 inch squares. Stretch two corners of the square (that are opposite to each other) to form flaps.

Take one heaping tablespoon of the filling and put it in the middle of the square. Top it with blueberries. Brush the flaps with egg wash and seal the filling carefully within the square by overlapping the flaps. Brush the entire pastry with egg wash.

Put the pastries on a baking sheet (3 inches apart) and bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes or until the pastries turn golden.

For the glaze, whisk in sifted confectioner’s sugar and lemon juice until thickened. Serve the danish pastry with drizzled glaze on top.

Buttercrust Dough Recipe

Want to see how to make the perfect buttercrust pastry dough? We found this video below that gives easy to follow directions and provides a great illustration of the steps involved.