Banana Choc Chip Ring Cake (baked in the Omnia Oven)

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I’ve Got an Omnia Oven!

It’s an oven that sits on the hob and it looks like a cross between a lidded saucepan and a bundt cake tin.

When I ‘moved in’ to the Thundertruck I had to concede that I wouldn’t be able to have an oven, there just wasn’t room for one.

Recently I became aware of the Omnia stove top oven – it’s a compact Swedish version of an Israeli Wonder Pot– and I was very excited to find it for sale at the Adventure Overland Show last weekend.

It weighs less the 500g, is about the same size as my wok and comes in a tidy storage bag. I am in love!

It can apparently cook anything that can be cooked in a regular oven, so long as it fits in the circular ring pan – so whole roast chicken and pizza are off the menu. (Chicken never was, I’m a veggie!)

The circular food pan sits on a steel base plate that distributes the heat evenly below the pan. The heat travels up through the centre funnel and over the top of the food under the lid.

I couldn’t wait to try it out. I had a trial run where I warmed some day-old cinnamon rolls in it. That worked a treat, they were warm and the edges had even caramelised in a totally delicious way.

It came with an additional piece of kit: a roasting rack which is what I rested the cinnamon rolls on.

Banana Choc Chip Ring CakeTo test the Omnia I decided to bake a cake in it, I went for something easy: a banana muffin cake with chunky chocolate pieces.

Before baking the cake I followed this post on how to ‘season’ the food pan to make give it a certain level of non-stick-ness. It seemed to work, my cake popped right out!

Banana Choc Chip Ring Cake

Banana Choc Chip Ring Cake (baked in the Omnia Oven)

I used a mixture of white flour and spelt flour for a more ‘mealy’ cake, you can use all white flour or replace the spelt with wholemeal flour.

If you have buttermilk or yoghurt, you can replace the milk and lemon juice with it.

Below this recipe I’ve listed details for making it in a regular oven.

  • 150 ml milk
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 75 ml sunflower oil
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 125 g caster sugar
  • 225 g self-raising flour (or plain flour mixed with 1 tsp baking powder)
  • 75 g spelt flour or wholemeal flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 100 g  milk chocolate, chopped

Begin by greasing the Omnia pan using oil and some kitchen paper, set aside.

Measure the milk into a jug and stir in the lemon juice, set aside for ten minutes to give the milk time to sour. Alternatively you could use buttermilk, or yoghurt thinned with milk.

In a mixing bowl, beat together the soured milk, oil, eggs, vanilla extract, mashed bananas and the caster sugar until well combined.

Stir the baking soda and cinnamon into the two flours then sift into the wet ingredients.

Gently stir the flour in, do not over mix, it should stay lumpy.

Finally, stir in the chopped chocolate.

To Bake in the Omnia Oven

Place the Omnia heating plate onto the hob over a high heat for 2-3 minutes.

Spoon the batter into the greased pan, put the lid on and place the oven onto the now hot heating plate.

Leave on a high heat for one minute (to get the raising agents in the batter to activate) then turn the heat down to around a medium flame.

Bake for about 20-25 minutes, checking that it’s done using a skewer or cake tester. 

Leave to cool in the pan for 10 minutes or so until safe to handle.

Turn out onto a plate then flip over onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

Serve in fat slices, best served on the day of baking but stores for a day or two in an airtight container.

This cake freezes well too, simply slice and bag, or leave whole if you prefer.

Banana Choc Chip Ring Cake

Make this cake in a regular oven:

You can make 12 muffins: fill 12 muffin cases and bake for 20-25 mins at 180ºC

A muffin cake: grease and line an 20cm (8″) cake tin and bake for about 45-55 mins at 180ºC/

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By Rachel A Davis   Follow on Bloglovin

4 Responses

  1. Yay! So glad you have an oven of sorts now. Can’t wait to see what else you make in it. Btw, if you do want to make a pizza you could always go for one of those ‘healthy’ ones they do in restaurants which are served as a ring with salad in the middle!

    • Rachel Davis says:

      Thank you! I have thought about making dough and making a ring pizza! I’m having lots of fun experimenting with it. I have a really old Delia recipe for a scone-based pizza and I reckon that would cook amazing in this!

  2. Miriam says:

    Wow, well done Rachel, I thought you wouldn’t waste any time getting the new stove top oven into action 🙂
    Needless to say Jimmy is already wondering about making a similar oven for our wood stove so I’m getting a little excited because when we moved into our project called a house last year we left behind our oven too. The cake looks yummy, enjoy your return to baking in nomad mode.

    • Rachel Davis says:

      Thanks Miriam! If Jimmy is clever I bet he could make one. The base that sits on the hob is made from steel, I think the rest is aluminium. The Omnia website goes into detail about that kind of thing. I roasted sweet potato wedges in it last night and they were pretty good, they didn’t crisp up at all but cooked through and caramelized a bit at the bottom. The design means stuff cooks pretty quickly too, the cake was a lot quicker that making a round cake in a regular oven.