Saturday, April 26, 2008

Mud Oven Morocco

Note the absolute attention the baker is giving to a single flatbread. The bread is baked, not on the floor, but on an elevated platform. The oven is fired with twigs and grass and a bellows is used to intensify the flame. See the video on YouTube:

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Pizza Ovens

Here's a video of a fairly elaborate Alan Scott style pizza oven. The video makes the construction process look a lot easier than it actually is. A simple earth oven is so much easier to construct.
The builder in the video is a very organized person, and his organizational skills manifest themselves in the beautiful way he keeps his pizza dough. Watch the video on YouTube:

If you watch this video, you'll see a very handy ash dump. YouTube:

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Bread From The Sun

Solar ovens are a whole new area for me, and some of the contraptions look like alien creations. Not to be taken lightly, solar ovens are being made by some very serious people.

Apparently it really is possible to bake bread inside a solar oven. Check out this video.

Check out this homemade solar oven that will also bake bread.
photo of man next to his oven. Making A Solar Oven

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Earth Oven Vulnerability

Earth ovens tend to get beat up a lot right around the opening. This happens when wood is tossed into the oven or the peel scrapes against the side. The photos show three earth ovens, two reinforced with brick, the other without.

Sisters Bake Bread

Sisters Aloysia and Margareta prepare to remove bread from the wood-fired oven.

The sisters may be contacted at their website

Monday, April 21, 2008


Turkmenistan Mud Oven (Tandoor). Note the branding. Photo by Ekahau

Excellent video of tandoor bread baking. Very, very atmospheric.

And still another video of tandoor baking. Sometimes you see two, long metal chop sticks ( I have no idea what they're called) inserted into the oven to remove the bread, but in this video, the baker stabs the bread to remove it with one hooked chop stick. Watch and listen to the woman slapping the dough. It's done the very same way in Guatemala except in Guatemala they're using corn masa. In a previous post you can see a Guatemalan making tortillas.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Ghana Mud Oven

A bakery in Koforidua. This is the largest bakery in the city; all of the baking is done outdoors in clay ovens.
Looks to me like they're baking pullman type loaves.
Photo from the Holy Spirit Missionary Assoc.