Rollin’ Along, with CVap Ovens and Rich’s.
Many folks know that CVap® ovens are great for proteins, starches, and veggies. But did you know they’re also great for baking? We tested a few Rich’s products to see how they’d do after being proofed in a CVap Holding Cabinet, then baked in a CVap oven. We wanted to test in both an RTV Retherm Oven and a CHV Cook and Hold Oven.
Two different types of Rich’s cinnamon rolls were tested: a 2.25-oz cinnamon roll, and a 5-oz. roll. We pulled them from the freezer the night before, covered in plastic wrap, and allowed to retard in the refrigerator. They slacked on the counter for about an hour before placing in a CVap Holding Cabinet to proof. The cabinet was set to 100°F vapor, 103°F air. That gave us about an 85% relative humidity (recommended by the product directions).
In the same cabinet we proofed some petite 6-oz. white bread dough. We prepped these little rolls using a lame (pronounced lahm), which is basically a razor blade with a wooden handle, to score (or dock) the loaves. This serves a purpose. It allows the dough to expand in the oven without tearing the crust, and allows moisture and gas to escape. It’s pretty cool, especially when you do a lot of bread and you wanna differentiate between products. We popped these into the proofer with the cinnamon rolls. Per the instructions, we waited for them to expand to the point that at eye level, the loaves had risen about an inch and a half above the lip.
Honestly, the cinnamon rolls probably over-proofed a bit, they were a little on the large side. We pulled them from the holding cabinet and placed them in the ovens. Both the RTV Retherm Oven and the CHV Cook and Hold Oven were set to 200°F Vapor Temp, 350°F Air Temp.The bread loaves soon followed.
After about 14 minutes, the cinnamon rolls were ready to pull from the RTV oven, and the bread roll tray was turned and put back in the oven for another five minutes. The products in the CHV oven were turned and went a few more minutes. Total time was about 20 minutes in the CHV.
The rolls from the RTV, being over-proofed to begin with, nearly tripled in size. They were nonetheless gorgeous and smelled wonderful. The CHV oven rolls looked great too.
To top them off, we made a classic glaze, with about 1-1/2 cups of confectioner’s sugar, a half teaspoon of vanilla, and a tablespoon of half & half. Experiment with the mixture to get the proper consistency, thick but not too thick, and runny but not too runny. You want it to stay on the roll. Rolls should be warm, not hot, so that the glaze will ooze into the grooves on the rolls.
The petite rolls were removed from the ovens at 22 minutes. They came out golden brown and lovely.
Our baking day showed that whether you’re aiming for speed (retherm oven) or finesse (cook and hold oven), CVap ovens are excellent for baking.
Added bonus: while we were busy baking these beautiful buns, we decided to try something a little different and use the bread dough to make some fresh hot pretzels. Check out that blog.
- Rich’s 2.25-oz cinnamon rolls (sku# 03439)
- Rich’s 5-oz cinnamon rolls (sku# 01646)
- Rich’s petite 6-oz white bread dough (sku# 08651)
Remove products from the freezer the night before, cover in plastic wrap, and allow to retard in the refrigerator. Slack on the counter for about an hour before placing in a CVap cabinet to proof.
Proof in CVap Holding Cabinet or Oven set at 100°F Vapor, 103°F Air until sufficiently risen.
Preheat CVap oven (cook & hold or retherm) to 200°F Vapor Temp, 350°F Air Temp.
RTV Cook Time
Cinnamon Rolls – 14 Minutes
Petite Rolls – 20 Minutes
CHV Bake Time
Cinnamon Rolls – 20 Minutes
Petite Rolls – 22 Minutes
Finish cinnamon rolls with glaze mixture.
- 1-1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon half & half.
Experiment with the mixture to get the proper consistency. Drizzle onto the rolls. Rolls should be warm, not hot, so that the glaze will ooze into the grooves on the rolls.