Not so easy bake ovens

So, my nemesis has found me: math.

To bake in Italy is to convert temperatures. And not just from Fahrenheit to Celsius but also to the crazy 1-10 numbering system on our oven. Tiring of me shouting from the kitchen, “Paul, what’s the oven number for 350?”, he found me a handy chart, which is enclosed for your pleasure below. I’m sure that Paul hoped I would print out the chart and keep it in the kitchen but I think it’s more fun to include here.

Anyway, back to the confusing appliance known as my new stove. There’s also a mysterious fan; could be a convection oven, or just a fan. Only time and several batches of brownies will tell.

Degrees Fahrenheit

Degrees Celsius

Gas Mark

Description

225

110

1/4

Very slow

250

120/130

1/2

Very slow

275

140

1

Slow

300

150

2

Slow

325

160/170

3

Moderate

350

180

4

Moderate

375

190

5

Moderately hot

400

200

6

Moderately hot

425

220

7

Hot

450

230

8

Hot

475

240

9

Very hot
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