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Convection Baked Ham

Traditional recipes recommend covering the ham which is already cooked with foil to prevent drying during the heating process, then removing the foil towards the end of the cooking and brushing the ham with a glaze to add a little pizazz to the ham.


If your oven features a Convection Mode (not Convection Bake or Convection Roast), it means that the heat is only generated from the Convection element surrounding the fan and will evenly heat the food from the edge to the core.  Using this mode you can safely heat the ham without any foil and cook other dishes at the same time.

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Ingredients

1 Baked ham

Preparation

Convection Method


Heat the oven to 300 degrees in the Convection Mode.  Place the ham on a rack in a shallow pan and add ½ cup of water or stock to the pan. This will prevent any sugar in the glaze from sticking to the pan and burning. Allow 10 minutes per pound to heat the ham or use the oven meat probe programmed to 130 degrees.  Estimate the cooking time and add the glaze for the last 15 minutes of cooking.


Combi Steam Method


Heat the oven to 300 degrees in the Combination Convection Steam Mode. Place the ham on a rack in a shallow pan and add ½ cup of water of stock to the pan. Allow 10 minutes per pound to heat the ham or use the oven meat probe programmed to 130 degrees. Estimate the cooking time and add any glaze for the last 15 minutes of cooking.


Convection Bake Method


The Convection Bake mode engages the top and bottom heating elements and the fan circulates the heat; however, because that direct heat will have a drying effect on the ham it is important to keep it covered until you add the glaze.


Spiral Sliced ham should always be heated in foil otherwise it will dry out.

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Almond Orange Olive Oil Cake

One of the great mysteries of the the appliance industry is that most ovens sold nowadays feature Convetion cooking modes; however, recipes rarely reference cooking with Convection.

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Larissa Taboryski

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Ingredients

Preparation

1 - cup whole raw almonds lightly toasted and cooled

¾ - cup twice-sifted cake flour

1 ½ - teaspoons baking powder

Pinch of kosher or sea salt

4 - large eggs

1 - cup sugar

1 - teaspoon vanilla extract

Finely grated zest of one small orange or Meyer lemon

⅔ - cup extra virgin olive oil

Toast the almonds in the Convection Mode 325 degrees until golden brown inside, set aside to cool completely. 


Leave the oven set at 325 or change to 350 degrees if using standard Bake Mode.


Butter the bottom and sides of a 9” round cake pan and line the bottom with a circle of parchment paper.


Place the almonds in a food processor with one third of the cake flour and process until almost as fine as sand.  


In a medium sized bowl whisk together the remaining cake flour, baking powder and salt then whisk in the ground almond mixture.


In a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip the eggs on high speed until well-blended. Add the sugar gradually then add the vanilla and orange zest. Continue whipping on high speed until the mixture triples in volume, about 3 minutes.


On low speed, add the flour mixture in three batches alternating with the olive oil and beating just until the batter is blended. 


Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until firm to the touch in the center.  Cook in the pan for 10 minutes before inverting onto a rack.


Recipe from “Wine Country Table ” author Janet Fletcher

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