We have been renovating for a few months already... and I did manage to bake a few little batches of muffins and scones in a teensy toaster oven. You can see why it needed to be on for a long time.... it could only bake a few at a time.
My neighbour gave it to me several years ago to bake my polymer clay dolls and heads... but, hey...it has come in handy all of a sudden to actually bake food things! Cuz I reeeellly miss baking.
But, then... I burned it out. Yep. It struggled through two batches of muffins...at a full 400F .... and then... smelled very strange and .. well, it just quit. Awww.... poor little guy! I felt guilty for forcing him to perform beyond his capacity. After all he was old and very tiny...and well, I felt guilty.
However, I missed him right away and had to replace him. Had to go shopping. I looked at several places and settled on a Black & Decker... the same brand. They do say they are the top in toaster ovens. I looked at various brands and prices and this one fits the bill perfectly. Only $49 on sale too...down from $79... such a deal.
The elements are covered with protectors too. I like that. Only one other had that ...and it was a $200 toaster oven... forget it. I will most likely only use it 'til we move back into the newly renovated house with my new kitchen and oven.... and then... it won't be in use much. Although, I do have to say...these little ovens do the best job I've ever seen on cookies. The bottoms are so uniform and just perfectly baked.
The other day I did strawberry lemony muffins.... and the next day....a blueberry lemon batch.... YUM>.... I'm giving it a good test run.
... and....it can fit 9 small/medium muffins. I found some foil reusable pans for a bargain too. It was a good shopping day. They only really hold 6..but, cut one in half to get in 3 more. Fits perfectly.
The centre row gets slightly browner than the rest even if I turn them...but, that's fine. "Somebunny" loves the browner ones!