Thursday, July 17, 2008

Bread Ovens/Baking Egypt
I really like this photo of a woman making flat breads on a steel plate over an open fire. I have baked many, many flat breads this way, but I've also skipped the steel plate and placed the flat bread in a barbecue basket and held it over the flame. That works really well. I have a photo of this, and I'll search for it.
Making pitas, also known as Syrian bread or pocket bread is quite easy. Just make sure your oven is hot, and if your flat bread is uniformly shaped and about 1/4" thick, it will miraculously fulfill its destiny in the oven. Looks like there is a firebox below the oven proper.
Making flat breads is much more leisurely than making raised loaves in an earth oven. More about this later.
Old style Egyptian bread oven. Certainly looks enormous

Note how the oven is being fired from below the floor with brush and dried grasses
A family affair, and they seem to be having fun too.
Ancient oven design, yet oven is being fired with propane.

Monday, July 14, 2008