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james 08-08-2006 01:12 PM

Bread in a Pizza Oven
Here's a good email to share. It's from Mike in Seattle.

"The Casa 90 is a pleasure. I've been teaching how to cook pizza for some time, and as of this summer teaching bread. Anybody who says you can't cook bread in a pizza oven must not have tried it, is all I can say!"

I've made a lot of bread in Casa ovens, but it's fun to hear someone else say the same thing.

james 11-30-2006 05:11 AM

More bread baking
Here is another email from Jay (Casa100). We've been going back and forth talking about his oven and bread.

"Checked the temp of the floor and dome 20 minutes after removing the bread and the floor was 450 and the dome was 465. I could probably squeeze another round of bread but it feels "low" for a second batch. I will do more serious research on my next batch re: cooldown. (NOTE: I built this to make one batch and it clearly can work great for one batch so this is a curiousity more than a critiique!)"

This was after a full load of bread -- something like 13lbs of dough. Pretty darn good.

I think our pizza ovens can do a great job of baking more bread than anyone (other than Mary G Artisan Breads) would want. Cool.

DrakeRemoray 11-30-2006 08:14 AM

The mose I have done so far is 10 loaves at once. Who can eat that much bread? The answer, my neighbors!


texassourdough 12-19-2006 06:56 AM

Freezing Bread
While there is no substitute for a properly baked loaf fresh from the oven, I find that freezing and holding the bread for up to a month results in only minimal loss of quality. Thawing the bread for four hours or so followed by 15 minutes in a 325-350 oven (for a 1 1/2 to 2 pound loaf) refreshes the crust and really brings it back to life.

For those who are new to this concept, IF the bread is to be held more than a couple of weeks or a month at most, it should be tightly wrapped in foil and then plastic (Costco's vinyl wrap is excellent). For shorter storage I just wrap it tightly in the vinyl wrap. No problems.

And yes, my neighbors love me - for there is no way we can reasonably use anywhere near ten loaves (or more) every two weeks!

Share the best!

CanuckJim 12-19-2006 02:42 PM


You're right on it. The freezing and thawing suggestions are absolutely correct. Yep, my neighbours love me, too, though I try to be especially geneerous to young, single women. Works.

As of today, the Forno Bravo Wood-Fired Bread Baking section is finished.

No doubt, there will be a final bit of tweaking and editing, but it should be up and running in the very near future.

And, yes, I will be adding voice to the videos in the New Year.

Everybody, have a very special Christmas this year, full of grand pizza and great bread.


Xabia Jim 12-20-2006 01:38 AM

Yes, I try to get bread in the freezer as soon as possible and find it keeps very well. I try to double wrap.

I often will slice the bread and freeze it sliced. Then I can just knock off some slices for toasting and it's always "fresh"

Any problem bread can be beat up for stuffing or fried as french toast!!!

jwnorris 12-20-2006 09:54 AM

Problem bread

Originally Posted by Xabia Jim (Post 6935)
Any problem bread can be beat up for stuffing or fried as french toast!!!

Or made into bread pudding.


CanuckJim 12-20-2006 03:49 PM

Re: Bread in a Pizza Oven

Or breadcrumbs chewed up in the food processor.


telehort 01-06-2007 05:58 PM

Re: Bread in a Pizza Oven
Or seasoned up a bit for croutons!!

edschmidt 01-23-2007 01:46 PM

Re: Bread in a Pizza Oven
Im confused with the terminology of "Bread oven" and "pizza oven". My oven is a 36" internal dome oven which I designed and built myself. When I have people over they tend to call it a pizza oven since the only time they have ever seen one is in a pizza resterant (and probably because Im cooking pizza in it at the time). I correct them by calling it a wood fired brick oven and go on-and-on about the cooking potential of the oven, how I use it for bread,roasts, dehydrating, etc. and then I blather on about how the europeans and romans were not raised on pizza alone.

I do this because I dont want anyone leaving my house with the impression that I have spent a large portion of my time and substantial amounts of money into something that can only cook pizza.
When I refer to something as a pizza oven it is in referance to the amount of cladding surrounding the structure, if there is between 1-3" of cladding I would consider it a pizza oven because it would not hold enough heat to be used for much else (maybe a load of bread) Whereas if there is 4" plus of cladding I would consider it a brick oven. With the full capabilities of baking anythin that an oven is capable.(I sometimes bake cookies in it for desert just to proove the point)

So are you using my definition, or are you refering to domes as pizza ovens, and alan scott style ovens as bread ovens

Just wondering

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