I was rather anxious to replace my trusty oven of 11 years with the new Zanussi. After all, my culinary reputation was at stake! It was easy to replace but the real test was always going to be performance. I was having friends over for Sunday lunch but decided to make my Ottoleghi roast chicken with clementines, fennel and arak the day before…you know, just in case. Just short of an hour later I was looking at how the humble chicken turned into a perfect dish of golden brown lavishness. The fan distributed the heat perfectly across every ingredient. I finished it with just a few minutes under the grill that heated up in a no time at all.
Next up was my signature pavlova. It’s a delicate dessert and takes 75 minutes to bake. I like to make two and then stack both layers to make an impressive and decadent presence on the table so it is important that my oven can take two large plates at the same time and bake both with the equal perfection…and it did! I understand this is due to its multiplus function, something to do with the heat distribution technology. For me it simply means that my pavlova looks like identical twins ☺.
I have my new Zanussi now for just under a month and I have not found a single red flag. It’s a ideal for my city kitchen, it is quiet and simple to use. By that I mean it’s not overly complicated with countless unnecessary buttons, gages and electronic paraphernalia I don’t understand. It is beautiful, functional and stylish. I am most impressed with its programme function, something my old oven didn’t have. I can prep my dish, go and play tennis and set it up to cook my slow roast duck or lamb shank to be ready just in time for Strictly! Oh, and just as you think it cannot get any better, I can remove the glass doors for easy cleaning. Very pleased indeed and excellent value for money.
The clever fan position spreads the heat evenly around the oven so your food doesn't need to be turned.