I recently got a great little toaster oven, a WaringPro WTO450 and I like it a lot. However, I recently tried baking a small sourdough loaf in it at the maximum temperature, which by actual measurement is about 425 degrees F. Disappointingly, the top of the loaf was quite burnt. I'm sure this was due to the direct exposure to the top heating element.
Would I be opening a Pandora's box by trying to disable the top element? I don't know if the element simply plugs in or if I would have errant wires to deal with if I disconnected it. Any toaster-oven experts here? I do have a big energy inefficient oven I can use and the top element does not come on when baking. If disabling the toaster oven's top element is not in the cards, I'm prepared to abandon the idea.
The toaster-oven works great with biscuits where a crispy crust is not desired, but I had to crank the thermostat way down and increase the baking time.