What is the difference between 'Bake' and 'Roast?'

by Dorie Shapiro

In the June Oven, there are cook settings that set roasting and baking apart. We designed these cook modes to give you the best results as the two cooking methods require different heating element settings.

Roasting requires a higher temperature (50% heat from the bottom and 75% from both top) to create a browned, flavorful "crust" on the outside of the food being cooked. This is a great cooking method for foods that already have a solid structure before the cooking process begins, such as meat and vegetables,

Baking occurs at lower oven temperatures (90% heat from the bottom, 40% heat from the outer heating elements and 30% heat from the inner heating elements). In most cases baking involves foods that lack structure early on and become solid during the cooking process, such as cakes and muffins.