If the record viewing figures of The Great British Bake-Off have taught us anything, it’s that Britain is a nation that loves baking. Millions of viewers tune in each week to see the would-be bakers get hot under the collar in their quest to become Star Baker.

For further proof, look no further than Greggs. The home of the Steak Bake is the most popular high-street dining brand in the UK according to YouGov, handily beating off the likes of McDonald’s, Subway and Wetherspoons.

There’s no denying it: us bake-loving Brits can’t get enough of our beautifully British baked goods.

Sadly, like any great love story, there can be hardships and tragedies along the way. Kitchen hiccups and mechanical mishaps can put your baking dreams on ice in an instant, particularly when it comes to a problem-oven.

Luckily, there are ways around it. It’s not always easy, but where there’s a will there’s a way!

Read on for our fool-proof guide on how to bake without an oven and earn yourself a Paul Hollywood handshake the hard way!

 

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Why bake without an oven?

If your oven is broken, the best course of action is, of course, to get it fixed as soon as possible. Life without an oven can be a real pain so it’s well worth attempting to fix it before you resort to alternatives.

It could be as simple as replacing an oven knob or fixing door hinge, so be sure to do some detective work and give your cooker a once over. You may be able to get it back up and running a lot easier than you think.

 

How to bake when oven is broken

If, despite your best efforts, you find that your oven is out well and truly of commission, baking probably seems like an impossible task. However, that’s not always the case.

While it can be difficult and is far from ideal, there are ways to bake without an oven.

From cakes and cookies to bread and brownies, you might be surprised at just what you can achieve with non-oven baking. Here are a few tops tips on how to bake without oven power.

 

Microwave

If you happen to own a microwave – which most 21st-century British homes do – there’s a veritable world of microwavable flavourables quite literally at your fingertips, particularly if your microwave has a convection mode.

The simple mug cake is the perfect example of microbake mastery and notoriously easy to boot; however, the list doesn’t stop there. In fact, you can bake a huge variety of goodies in the microwave, from bread and pizza to cake and brownies.

If you’re thinking of exploring the world of microwave baking, a silicone Bundt pan is well worth purchasing. Metal pans are obviously not suitable for microwave use, while the hole in the middle of the Bundt pan allows it to cook through to the centre.

 

Stove

An expected feature of any decent kitchen, the humble stove top is the typical partner in crime for the oven: the Bonnie to its Clyde, the Rodney to its Del Boy, the…Kevin Hart to its Dwayne Johnson? You get the idea.

Like any good double act, when one falters, the other picks up the slack. The stove is the perfect support system should your oven take a tumble; however, there is more than one way to bake using the stove top.

Here are the three most popular methods of baking with a stove.

 

Skillet

The almighty skillet is a multifaceted piece of hardware that can lend its cast-iron credentials to a variety of baked delights. Ideal for baking cookies and brownies, this method is also ideal for muffins, Welsh cakes and scones.

 

Steaming

A classic method of yesteryear, steaming is a great way to bake without an oven, most famously used for making Christmas Puddings. While this can ideally (and most easily) be achieved using a steamed pudding mould, the same effect can be created using a bowl sealed with foil via the traditional wrap and tie method.

 

Dutch Oven

One of the most versatile options for non-oven baking, the Dutch oven is essentially a cast-iron cooking pot made of heavy-duty metal. While it can be used for a variety of purposes – from stews and casseroles to curries and meat roasting – Dutch ovens are also perfect for baking bread and even capable of baking cakes.

 

Slow Cooker

Often overlooked and under-utilised, slow cookers are great outside the box kitchen appliances when it comes to baking.

While they are commonly used for casseroles, stews and the like, slow cookers are also great for baking a wide variety of breads and delicious desserts: from cakes, puddings and pies to brownies, cookies and crumbles.

Provided you line the slow cooker first or place your ingredients in a silicone pan (or a metal cake/loaf tin), baking with a slow cooker can be a breeze.

 

Pressure Cooker

Much like the slow cooker, a pressure cooker is also capable of baking a variety of dishes yet is, more often than not, criminally overlooked.

Whether you’re looking to bake bread, desserts or anything else you may fancy getting your bake on with, chances are that you can get it done in a pressure cooker. In fact, you can even use it to make cheesecake and, what’s more, it often cooks better than conventional oven methods.

Best of all, pressure cookers don’t hang about when it comes to cooking times and you could have the finished dish in your hand within 30 minutes. If you follow the instructions to the letter and do everything by the book, you could have delicious baked goodness is no time!

 

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Problems of baking without an oven

While it is clearly possible to bake without an oven, it’s by no means a long-term solution. We’re sure Mary Berry would agree that there really is no substitute for the oven when it comes to creating a baking masterpiece.

Daily cooking without an oven can be a frustrating experience that limits your culinary options. What’s more, over-reliance on pan-frying and microwaves can quickly have a negative effect on your diet and a notable impact on your waistband.

 

Get back to baking with Cooker Spare Parts

While baking without an oven can be a cool little novelty and a fun way to test your kitchen skills, it’s no replacement for the real thing.

If you’re without your oven due to an appliance malfunction or a faulty part, the best solution for your overall baking experience is to simply get your oven repaired. It may even be a lot easier to fix than you think!

If you can get to the bottom of your oven issue and find out what’s putting your baking dreams on ice, you may be able to fix it by simply replacing the problem part with a spare from Cooker Spare Parts.

 

To ensure your cooking habits don’t go off the boil, give us a call today on 02920 452 510. Alternatively, keep your oven running hot by hitting the button below.

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Has your Stoves oven recently packed in? We know it can be a complete nightmare when your oven suddenly ceases to work but as a registered supplier of Stoves spare parts, we can help you repair your Stoves oven in no time!

Diagnose the problem

So, how do we tackle the problem? Well first, you need to know which part of your Stoves oven has broken and sometimes it's not as simple as 'the light won't turn on'. Let's walk through a simple and safe way to diagnose an unknown problem with your oven step by step:

  • Start by unplugging your oven & turning off the gas supply (we don't want any nasty surprises).
  • If your Stoves oven is freestanding, carefully move it into the centre of your kitchen so you can access all the different parts.
  • Begin to inspect the oven, paying close attention to areas that are easily missed such as, the hinges, the gasket, the heating element etc. Are there any noticeable signs of damage?

I've found the problem! Now what? 

Once you successfully locate the part in your Stoves oven that needs to be replaced, it's time to think about your options. You could:

  • Try and fix the problem yourself.
  • Organise a visit from an engineer.

Whether you want to tackle the problem yourself or call a professional to fix it, you'll find ordering the new part you need incredibly easy through Cooker Spare Parts! We sell a range of Stoves Cooker Spares including:

& much more! The best way to find the exact spare you need is to have your Stoves oven's model number ready before you browse our site. The model number is likely to be located on the back, side, or inside the door of your stoves cooker, and once you've found it we can show you all the parts that are suitable for your Stoves cooker!

To shop our entire range of Stoves spares, click the button below. If you have any problems finding the part you need to repair your Stoves oven, don't hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team who will be more than happy to help you!

Call us on 02920 452 510, our lines are open Monday-Friday, 9am-5.30pm.

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Range of Ovens

If your oven has stopped working or you have noticed a fault, then carry on reading. This blog post targets common oven problems and how they can be fixed. The majority of problems that occur among most ovens can be fixed independently and it doesn’t take too long either. I bet you’re thinking – “what oven parts do I need?” Well, think no further! Cooker Spare Parts provide a range of oven parts that help make fixing your oven that little bit easier and, a lot quicker. This post will explain the different replacements you will need if certain parts of your oven have stopped working and require replacing. 

  1. Not heating up

Firstly, if you have noticed your oven is not heating up how it should be, there’s no need to panic - this could be an easy fix.  

Gas oven:

If you have a gas oven, the issue could be down to a faulty igniter. In order to find this out, you can test one of the gas stovetops to see if it ignites. To check the temperature and turn on the gas of your oven, you more often than not press down on your dial, hear a few clicks and then the stovetops ignite. If this does not happen for you, you might want to consider replacing the igniter.

To replace the igniter, you can simply turn the oven off by disconnecting it from the main power socket. Remove your oven door so it’s easier for you to access your cooker’s igniter; remove the screws holding the igniter in place, and disconnect the wiring connection; connect your new igniter and then put everything back together – it’s as easy as that.  

If you’re still finding that your oven isn’t heating up as expected, you may have a problem with your thermostat. Your oven’s thermostat controls the amount of gas within the oven and allows the oven to reach a desired temperature (and of course, stopping it from under or over heating). If your thermostat is faulty, this can stop your gas oven from heating up correctly.

Electric oven:

If you have an electric oven, often, due to constant use, the heating elements can wear and stop working. You can often tell if an oven element is faulty if it doesn’t fully glow red/orange, or from its physical appearance. Visual indications are bulging; bright spots; or obvious cracks. If you notice any of these faults, then this is normally a sign that it’s time to replace your heating elements. Changing this only takes a short amount of time if you use the correct replacement part, and by following this step-by-step guide.

 

  1. It’s not heating to the correct temperature

It can sometimes be frustrating when your oven suddenly stops heating to the correct temperature but these appliances don’t last forever, and it is important to keep checking regularly, to make sure your oven is doing its job.

Gas oven:

If your gas oven isn’t heating up to the correct temperature, it may be because you need to change your oven thermostat. However, it could be simpler than that, and the part that could be causing you trouble could be as simple as a door seal. Heat may escape from your oven door and therefore, resulting in your food not being cooked properly.

Electric oven:

If you notice your food is coming out of the oven partly cold; or it’s not heating up at all, this is normally a sign that the temperature sensor inside your oven is broken. Before replacing your temperature sensor, make sure to check that your sensor is not touching the inside wall as this affects your ovens capability of measuring the temperature. If you find your oven is still not heating to the correct temperature, you can use an ohmmeter to test your sensor. Replacing the temperature sensor is also an easy job!

Both ovens:

If you have changed your temperature sensor and thermostat, and your oven still doesn’t heat correctly, one common problem is that it needs to be calibrated. To check that your oven knows when and how to heat up, you must test it by using an oven thermometer. Preheat your oven to 176°C and take the temperature reading after twenty-minutes, and every twenty-minutes or so for the next two-hours - make sure you write your temperature readings down as you go along. After your final reading, add up the total temperature heating and divide this by the number of readings you took. If you’re findings are different to the average 176°C, this will indicate that you need to adjust your oven’s temperature dial. Hopefully this will fix the job!

 

  1. It doesn’t cook food evenly

Another common oven problem is that it doesn’t cook your food evenly! If you have recently cooked some meals and noticed that they are cold in some parts and boiling in others, then this tends to sign that you have either a faulty heating element and thermostat, in your electric oven or thermostat and igniter, in your gas oven.

This problem can be easily fixed. All you have to do is preheat your oven and see if your heating elements light up (electric oven) or ignite (gas oven) and check that the temperature of the oven is the same as the temperature’s sensor. If after this diagnostic test your oven still isn’t working as desired, both heating elements and thermostats should be replaced, for electric ovens or thermostat and igniter, for gas ovens.

Additionally, if you are using baking trays or other trays whilst cooking, give them a clean or replace them. As trays are reflective, if they are not clean, the heat cannot bounce off them and therefore, cook your food as well. 

 

  1. Door won’t close properly

Lastly, the easiest fix and an extremely common oven problem is that your door doesn’t close properly. If you find your oven doesn’t heat up as well as it used to it may be because your oven has a loose door. As we use our ovens daily, the hinges; catches and seals can become faulty, especially if we open and close with some force. This is probably the easiest fix and can be done in minutes. All you need to do is replace the hinges and/or door catch/pin; and your oven will be as good as new! For help replacing your oven door hinge, check out this easy to follow guide.

There are many common oven problems that you encounter, but most of them are a really easy fix! All of the products advised to change faulty parts of your cooker are from Cooker Spare Parts. If you encounter further oven problems and would like guidance or advise, don’t hesitate to contact the Cooker Spare Parts support team.

Note: before ordering any parts, make sure they are compatible with your specific oven model/type. Your model type and details can be found on your oven and we have a search bar that allows you to directly search what you are specifically looking for.

 

Trade Spares for Cooker Repair

We at Cooker Spare Parts have helped countless people to get their ovens up and running again, but did you know that we're also a leading supplier of trade spares to people who repair kitchen appliances for a living?

Because we stock such a comprehensive range of cooker parts, we've become very popular among tradespeople who constantly need to purchase new components in order to get the job done. If you need to order any parts, you can get them from the Cooker Spare Parts website as usual, but you may prefer to set up a trade account with us and enjoy a variety of additional benefits.

How to set up a trade account

Trade orders are processed via our sister site, Thermuparts. Here's how to set up a trade account for your business:

  • Go to www.thermuparts.co.uk/account/traderegister.
  • Fill in the registration form - enter your company / contact details and choose a password.
  • Click the 'Create Account' button to complete the registration process.

Once you have created a Thermuparts trade account, you will be able to place trade orders online and benefit from the excellent trade discounts that we offer on a wide range of parts. In addition to cooker spares, you can also purchase the following via the Thermuparts site:

  • Refrigerator spares
  • Washing machine spares
  • Dishwasher spares
  • Freezer spares
  • Tumble dryer spares

You will also have access to our helpful customer service team, who will always be on hand during normal working hours to answer any questions you have.

Gas Hob Ignition Keeps Clicking

There's nothing worse than preparing to make a home-cooked meal and realising a component of your cooker isn't working. If you've gone to use your gas hob and found the ignition keeps clicking rather than igniting, this can really halt your cooking process.

Unless you're a cooker expert (no need to feel ashamed, we can't all be cooker experts) you may not know why this is happening or how to fix it. Luckily, we are here to help (cooker experts have these responsibilities) and can point you in the right direction if your gas hob ignition keeps clicking

If your gas hob ignition keeps clicking the replacement part you need will most likely be a electrode.

The electrode is the part of your cooker that transfers power to light your ignition that allows you to cook your meals. If your electrode is faulty, a flame will not ignite and you will instead be met with that annoying click, click, clicking noise you are trying to fix. 

Luckily, here at Cooker Spare Parts, we have a great selection of electrode replacements that will fix the problem in no time. Before ordering your replacement part we strongly recommend making sure it is compatible with your cooker. Our website allows you to do this easily, you'll just need your cooker model and manufacturer. Once you have these you can use the filters to narrow down the results and find the part that best suits your appliance.

If you're still unsure about why your gas hob ignition keeps clicking, or need help to find a suitable replacement for your cooker we can help. Feel free to get in touch with our cooker specialists with your oven query, we are more than happy to be of assistance. Contact us today