Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Community Oven

Traditionally, a community would have one large brick oven to which everyone brought their bread loaves. Each loaf had a pattern of cuts that identified the household from which the bread originated and to whom it would be returned when baked.
One of the modern pleasures of owning a brick oven is the gathering of friends and their various kinds of bread for a bread-fest. Be sure to have plenty of butter and a healthy appetite ready when the bread emerges, crusty and piping hot.
A favorite recipe of mine is a no-knead bread from 'Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day'. Please note that the recipe can be memorized in less than five minutes and the bulk of the book is a copy and paste of the same recipe for dozens of breads (with minute variations).

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