[Sca-cooks] A (relatively) cheap oven idea...

Jane Tremaine vikinglord at cox.net
Thu Jul 3 11:37:39 PDT 2008

Acually they found terracotta flower pot shaped pots and bread in the 
village bakerys' that supported the workers building the pyrimids and they 
were huge.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dragon" <dragon at crimson-dragon.com>
To: "Cooks within the SCA" <sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org>
Sent: Thursday, July 03, 2008 11:09 AM
Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] A (relatively) cheap oven idea...

> Dragon wrote:
>>So all this oven discussion here on sca-cooks got me thinking... which is 
>>sometimes a dangerous thing...
>>Here's an idea for an easy, and relatively cheap terracota camp oven.
>>Get a large, heavy-walled terracotta (unglazed!) flower pot, make sure it 
>>is not too large to handle easily. Get a large, thick (unglazed!) 
>>terracotta tile (or tiles if necessary or fire bricks) big enough to 
>>support the pot while it is inverted.
>>Have your bread dough proofing and nearly ready to bake.
>>Place the tile(s) or brick base in a fire safe place. Do the same for the 
>>Build a fire atop the tile(s), build another inside the pot. Let them heat 
>>for about an hour. Brush the embers and ashes off the tile or brick base, 
>>dump the embers and ashes from the pot, place your ready to bake loaf in 
>>the center of the tile, place the pot (inverted) over the loaf. Let bake 
>>until the bread is done, it should not take too long (though I will have 
>>to experiment to get the right timing) and the terracotta ought to retain 
>>enough heat to bake the bread fully.
>>I'm going to look for a suitable pot and tiles and give this a try. A lot 
>>easier and lighter than a brick oven and it ought to work well.
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> And in the same spirit, others have done this successfully:
> http://www.dragonslaire.org/Articles/An_Experiment_in_Bread_Baking_Junefaire%202002.htm
> and
> http://www.dragonslaire.org/Arts_and_Sciences/Guild%20Hall/culinary%20Guild/bread_project.htm
> So... this is going to become a regular part of my war kitchen.
> Dragon
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