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I have a few bits and pieces for you today. I have had a problem with my baking stone since I moved to Hawaii. I could only find a cheapie stone which kept breaking until I ended up doing jigsaw puzzles everytime I needed to bake:

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Well I went to town looking for something to make a steam lid to fit on this small stone because I was using my roasting pan lid and it hung over the edges and did not hold in steam very well. I found a deep stainless bowl and bought a handle and ended up with this:

It works great! However, I stopped at tile place in Hilo called Pacific Island Floors and there was a terrific young lady there who likes to help out bakers. She was very knowledable about tile because geology was her major!

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She sold me a travertine tile with a chip out of it for 3.71, yes only three dollars and 71 cents! I will have it cut down to fit my oven and make sure that it is cut long enough to fit a turkey roasting lid so I can bake batards again! I don’t know if anyone has been savvy enought to notice that it has been a long while since I baked a batard or long loaf.

Here is what the travertine tile looked like before it was cut down:

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It has been cut down and now my roasting lid will fit on my new stone. I am in the process of curing the stone by heating it slowly so I can use it. I will let you know how well travertine works as a baking stone or if it ends up being another jigsaw  puzzle.

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Next:

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I would highly recommend you check out a set of several posts on one of my favorite bread blogs at “Farine”

The posts I am talking about are written by MC about a baker named Gerard. It is fascinating reading, you won’t be disappointed. Here are the links:

http://www.farine-mc.com/2009/11/meet-baker-gerard-rubaud.html

http://www.farine-mc.com/2010/01/building-levain-la-gerard-step-1.html

http://www.farine-mc.com/2010/01/building-levain-la-gerard-steps-2-3-and.html

http://www.farine-mc.com/2010/01/ask-baker-gerard-rubaud.html

and then her own beautiful rustic batard:

http://www.farine-mc.com/2010/01/rustic-batard.html

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Thankyou so much for sharing with us MC and your own rustic batard loaves are so beautiful!

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5 Comments

  1. Janknitz Janknitz
    January 18, 2010    

    What a cool cloche!

    I bet you could find a flat terra cotta dish for plants that would fit it and work as a base too–perhaps to use on an outdoor grill.

    How did you put the handle on????

    • January 18, 2010    

      Hi Janknitz, I have checked about those large terra cotta pot bases, they do look neat. But I found out they are not food safe and can have heavy metal coatings or glazes. They also can crack if the clay used isn’t any better than what they make the cheap oven stones with, and it probably isn’t.

      The handle was 1.49 which would probably be an .89 cent item on the mainland, it was fixed with screws, that came with the handle, after holes were drilled in the bottom of the bowl. The bowl lid works great! Teresa

  2. adam adam
    January 29, 2010    

    an upside down bowl with a handle attached to the bottom… looks oddly familiar… 😉

  3. chris chris
    March 29, 2010    

    how did the travertine go? i went searching for a tile to use and could only find travertine…

    i looked online and apparently other people have issues with cracking and the glazed side of the travertine can contain lead-based glaze.

    notice anything odd? :)

    • March 29, 2010    

      Yes, mine cracked as well, I haven’t had a chance to post on it yet. I am trying a marble tile now. Good luck on whatever you try and let us know how it goes. Teresa

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