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Glenwilmar

Micro Wave baking

I have been making a sourdough wholemeal loaf for some time now in a conventional oven. The 9 inch square tin must be too big as it has too much crust before it is baked in the centre. I have been tipping it out of the tin when partly baked and finishing the bake in the micro-wave oven so that the centre bakes without burning the outside.  This is because you cannot use a tin in a microwave oven. 

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Mini Oven

It could be that the oven is too hot, try turning down the oven just a little bit more after the first 10 minutes or cover the top of the loaf loosely with foil at the half way mark to protect the top and let it bake longer.  

It could also be that moving the shelf lower, down one notch in the oven, closer to the lower heating coils might help the loaf bake through.  I try to put the top edge of my pan in the very middle of the oven.  If the 9" pan is a shallow one, imagine the eventual top of the loaf about an inch above center.  

Double check the settings & manual to make sure the oven is baking and not grilling.  

I don't think the square size is too big, I often bake in frying pans with the handles removed.

See if any of these suggestions help.  

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Glenwilmar

Thank you.  I  will certainly try your suggestions.