The Wood-Fired Blog

Brick oven painting on Spanish ceramics

We spent our spring break in Spain this year (it’s always early because of our daughter’s school schedule). It was seriously cold, but the food, the countryside and the people were great. We started in Madrid, and drove through Toledo and Cuenca to the Costa Blanca, where my wife’s parents retired many years ago. It was great reviving some fond memories from the past, and I got to enjoy a great Paella at Calpe harbor, a coastal village.

Spain does not have a big wood oven culture (the ovens sold by the local building supply stores and ceramics outlets were made in Portugal), or a history of great bread — but I still found this at a bakery in Toledo! I really like it. Spain has a wonderful history with painted ceramics and terracotta bakeware (which is where the bakeware we sell in the Forno Bravo Store is made).