Sunday, February 15, 2009

Bread Oven

My wife knows I always love to get cooking related gifts. And with all the bread making we've been doing lately she went out and got a great gift for my birthday a couple weeks ago. This is something I have been wanting for a long time but haven't taken the time to go out and get. I'm talking about unglazed quarry tiles to make a bread oven!

These tiles came from a local flooring store in town. It is important to use unglazed tiles to avoid any offgassing of various chemicals used in the glaze during heating. The store even looked up the MSDS (material safety data sheet) on these tiles to make sure there was nothing toxic in them.

Of course I tried out some of our 5 minute bread dough as soon as I could. The tiles worked perfectly!

One of the reasons I wanted the tiles to replace my standard pizza stone was the size. The tile lined oven has enough room to bake more than one loaf at a time. And the pizza stone was too small to bake a large pizza like the one shown here.

Believe it or not, the
Roasted red peppers and kalamata olives were great together.

See how nicely it fits int he oven?

The 5 minute dough makes great pizza crust!

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