Learn to bake sourdough bread - the best bread in the world!
Get discount here!

Amazon Portal - Purchase on Amazon!

Links on this site are often my affiliate links.

Amazon Portal - Purchase on Amazon UK!
Discovering Sourdough, The Books:
Discovering Sourdough - The bread books!
Favorite Bread Baking Equipment

Bits and Pieces

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:

.

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!

.

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:

.

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.

.

Next:

.

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

.

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

Similar posts
  • Worth Repeating – Discussions on Bread BakingHello fellow bakers, Sometimes my students will ask me questions and the answers get buried in time. So I thought I would repeat some of the following on dough development and hydration conversion: The stages of Dough [...]
  • Sourdough English Muffins – Oldie but Goodie!This post is an excerpt from my four volume book “Discovering Sourdough.” I thought it would be nice to use for an “Oldie but Goodie” post. Have fun!  SOURDOUGH ENGLISH MUFFINS English Muffins are griddled, they are fun to make. This recipe will make about 16 muffins.                 In the morning mix [...]
  • Dough Hydration, What Does That Mean?What Does Hydration Mean – in Baking Terms? (This is an excerpt from my Sourdough Bread Baking 101 course) Teresa L Greenway Northwest Sourdough – all rights reserved worldwide Hydration, in bread baking terms, means how much water or liquid there is in a given amount of flour, or the ratio of water to flour [...]
  • Video Demo – Blendtec Kitchen Grain Mill ̵...Hello Everyone! I purchased a new Blendtec Grain mill. I had one for years but had to let it go when I moved a while back. I’ve missed it ever since. So I bought it and have a demo of how it works right out of the box on Youtube [...]
  • Baking Hacks & Tips VideosI’ve posted a new video showing how to clean out gunky wet dough from bannetons. I decided to post a few more of the baking tip videos here for your convenience. Some were done a while ago, but a brush up on ideas is always [...]

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

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Follow on Facebook

Follow on Twitter

Email Sign Up

Categories

Archives

Custom Cutting Boards
My memoir - It might surprise you. Click here:
Reach for Joy - My Memoir