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Hearth Bread

Mobile Pizza Oven

May 16, 2012

From The Reflector in Battle Ground, MA. I don’t think this is our oven, but I wanted to share this—and wish the owners good luck. Nel bucco del lupo. Read More

10/30/60 Whole Wheat Loaves, and Some Great Bruschetta

May 13, 2012

In a way, this was a little bit like leftovers. You know how you always end up with odds and ends of flour in various bags in your cupboard. Today I mixed together three different flours to come with a nice blend of 10% whole wheat, 30% while whole wheat and 60% general purpose (not bread) flour to make a new 1kg (2.2 lb) batch of bread. Because I changed... Read More

Whole wheat bread with olives in the Presto Pizza Oven

May 10, 2012

Still having a great time with my Presto oven. As an update, I can confirm that I will be working with a second prototype of the Presto within a few days as the final OK before releasing it to production and making it available for sale. To quote Apple on the latest iOS 5.1.1 software update, we are working on “minor improvements and bug fixes”. haha. More seriously, we are... Read More

Whole Wheat Boules in a Small Pizza Oven

May 09, 2012

I am enjoying having a small oven in our side garden for the same reasons as the many people who have who have decided to buy our smaller ovens—the Primavera and Andiamo. They are easy to manage, they fire up really quickly and they are just a blast to use. Don’t let the smaller size deceive you; you can do a lot of serious pizza and bread baking in a... Read More

Bread in a Small Pizza Oven

May 07, 2012

I had a lot of fun working with a prototype of the not-yet-released Presto oven (it is coming soon, though) this weekend, and one of the capabilities I wanted to test was bread baking. Baguettes to be more specific. Spoiler alter—it came out great. Here’s a little background information. I wanted to shoot for traditional, light, airy, crusty French baguette, so I choose general purpose flour from Trader Joe’s. For... Read More

Pain Pascale

Apr 24, 2012

We are lucky to live within a few miles of the Trader Joe’s in Pacific Grove, CA. I really don’t know what we would do without it, as I often (and only somewhat jokingly) think our local Supermarket (Save Mart) is out to kill its patrons with artificial additives, preservatives and partially hydrogenated oils. Our favorite markets in Florence were the Co-op on Viale Europa, which is a wonderful big... Read More

Olive oil and bread at the San Francisco Ferry Building

Apr 22, 2012

We went to the San Francisco Farmers’ Market at the Ferry Building this weekend, and had a good time. It was a balmy, sunny day with the temperature hitting 79ºF (hot weather seems to be following me), and it was nice walking down around the city—we also have fun taking BART across town at one point. The market at the Ferry Building is an interesting cross between a traditional farmers’... Read More

ciabatta italian hearth bread

Ciabatta Italian Hearth Bread

Jun 21, 2011

Ciabatta Italian Hearth Bread 12345 Votes: 25 Rating: 3.08 You: Rate this recipe! Print Recipe CourseBread Ciabatta Italian Hearth Bread 12345 Votes: 25 Rating: 3.08 You: Rate this recipe! Print Recipe CourseBread Ingredients By weight 700 grams flour 20 grams salt 9 grams yeast 430 grams water 73% final hydration By volume 2 7/8 cups flour 1 tbsp salt 1 1/4 tsp yeast 1/2 cup water Servings: Units:MetricUS Imperial Instructions... Read More

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