We had guests (okay, the missionaries) over for dinner tonight. I decided to get fancy with dessert after Cody rolled his eyes when I busted out the box cake mix (I think he believes I’m getting lazy in my old age.)
In my Martha cookbook is a Caramel Banana Cake with Mascarpone Frosting.
All you foodie people are all “ooh! ahh!”
Well guess what? I’m not giving you the recipe because the cake was kind of nasty. But everything about it’s creation was perfection. Why perfection? Because this was my first fancy cake with my fancy new Frigidaire Professional Series oven.
I have cooked and baked and loved to cook and bake for years.
I have won awards for baking.
This is the first time I did some serious cooking with a high end stove.
And yes. In all honesty I could tell an enormous difference.
If you love to cook and have been cooking with your landlords entry level stove for the last ten years? Your entire kitchen life will change.
If you like to cook occasionally but don’t live or die by sauteing and roasting? You’ll notice how much easier things become.
If you have every intention of learning how to cook? Starting with a nice stove will give you amazing confidence and an edge.
If you’re my sister in law and can’t even make canned tomato soup without calling me first? Well. A new stove certainly can’t hurt, but seriously? Get help. (also? xoxo.)
So for those of you who “get” cooking? I give you reasons to spend that extra money on the professional series line. For those of you who don’t “get” cooking. Just imagine what the cake could have tasted like if it had tasted good.
First? The oven rack that appears as if from no where. (Okay, so it appears from the oven but it comes out WITH the door! Ever had to slide a peel full of dough onto your baking stone? Then you’ll know how impressive and handy this is.)
(Before anybody asks, it’s a baking stone, and I keep it in my oven all the time.)
I’ve always been a snot about oven thermometers. Mostly because I’ve always had a crappy oven that was off as much as 30 degrees in any direction. With this new oven? I just have the oven thermometer to rub in how spot on it is. No rotating cakes halfway through. Evenly baked. Even a really goopy thick cake like this banana mess.
Next? The range. I chose the gas range. Anyone who likes to cook should technically prefer cooking with gas. Even heat. REAL FIRE! Melting butter on my old range? Turn away for a second and BURN BABY BURN. This new one? Perfect browning. No burning.
Which makes caramelizing bananas even easier. Almost too easy. Not even sure if caramelizing bananas is supposed to be easy or not. But it is with this stove.
You’ll have to excuse the fact that I don’t use the m word. But the cake? Was m. The perfect texture for a cake. (Texture? SCORE. Taste? Fail. Sadly.)
The bananas (which looked an awful lot like squiggly bacon) went between the layers of the cake.
Then I smothered Mascarpone frosting all over the cake. Frosting makes everything better.
Only I wasn’t just smothering frosting. I WAS MULTITASKING! (Man cannot live on cake alone, however a PMSing woman totally can.)
Nothing burned, nothing overcooked and oh so much room for all of my biggest pots and pans.
The cake turned out just like the picture. I drizzled it with some caramel I made on the simmer burner. (Side note, five burners. The oblong oval one in the middle, a PowerPlus boil burner front right (I do wish it was on the left, it’s kind of a wonky burner (wonky meaning it’s either ON! HIGH! AND BOILING! or just kind of on and simmering, not much of a middle ground) and I use the front right burner the most and “used most” and “wonky” don’t go together.) a simmer burner right rear and two regular burners on the left.)
I must say this is one review that I would be doing in my head even if I hadn’t received these appliances (yes, for free) from Fridigaire to review.
Believe me, now that I’m a homeowner I know what it’s like to hand over a whole bunch of money for an appliance you’re responsible for (I’m looking at you fridge and dishwasher, both of you have totally proven your price, and for this? I thank you.)
I hope you can trust me when I say I take this review SEER-EE-US-LEE.
And that I owe the world (or at least my family) a pretty AND tasty cake (seriously, the kid wouldn’t even touch it.)
“I wrote this review while participating in a Test Drive Campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Frigidaire and received a Frigidaire Range/Microwave to facilitate my review.”