When Team Tea were extended an invite to spend the day at NEFF playing with their Slide and Hide door ovens I was the lucky duck that got to go. Like an overly excitable child in a sweet shop I was in my nerdy element learning about the technical side to baking.
NEFF have the monopoly on the slide and hide oven door market. They are the only company in the world to have oven doors that are supposed to disappear. You may or may not recognise these from a….popular TV show, and this event was our opportunity to learn why they are ovens of choice for that popular TV show.
The most impressive thing about these ovens is the fact that you can cook with the door open AND IT DOESN’T EFFECT THE COOKING. Normally you open the door the heat escapes quicker than a bloke from a PMT discussion, but these ovens have an air circulation system that drags the hot air in a cycle away from the door. Not that it’s advised of course (BUT apparently they’ve cooked a Yorkshire pudding with the door open. Pure. Innovation.)
The circulation of this thing means that if you were to go all Come Dine with Me you could cook your fish course, your main course (which would probably be beef wellington seeing as your on CDWM) AND your fudge cake at the same time without your fish tasting fudgey (or your cake having a fishy tinge). Neither ideal.
The other impressive thing is the lights in the oven (I realise that being excited about an oven is difficult…but stick with me). These things are lit up like a Christmas Tree. The lights aren’t just from the top but they are in the oven door too, meaning you can see your food on every level rather than squinting into darkness. Very exciting for a devoted baker.
Oh, and they are so damned clean and shiny that their third feature is VERY impressive….honest:
These things are impressive. Not just a sliding door, my friend. But I have a few tips for people who may or may not be planning on using these on a…….popular TV show:
1. Prove your bread in the oven. You can do that with these. They have a setting for that, and it works. I’VE SEEN IT.
2. You don’t need to figure out the timing for things. It figures that out for you. There are settings where you can select what your cooking and it tells you how long it needs to be on for (don’t expect it to be able to decipher the difference between chocolate cake and a Victoria sponge though.)
3. Soon you won’t need to clean it yourself. The NEFF engineers have figured out how to make them do this without them having a hissy fit and smashing.
4. Soon they will steam. That’s right you will be able to get ovens that steam so that elusive crust on your baguettes will no longer be a pipe dream but a reality. Doesn’t get better than that does it?!
Oh, and there is no such thing as a Proving draw….it’s a warming draw, y’know for your plates and shizz.
A big thank you to NEFF to for inviting us along to play with the ovens, and thanks for feeding me for the day…..even if I did have to make it myself!
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