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baking directly on the oven floor with terracotta tiles

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mcjerjer's picture
mcjerjer

baking directly on the oven floor with terracotta tiles

As I don't have enough space on my racks for 3 - 6" terracotta tiles, what would happen if I place the tiles directly on the oven floor of a convection oven, and bake my breads on the tiles? 

I couldn't find this question posted anywhere so I thought I'd ask here. 

thanks!

MarkH's picture
MarkH

I would think this would probably work IF you make 2 or 3 layers with the tiles and heat the oven at high heat up for a good 90 minutes or so before turning it down to the temperature you wish to bake at and putting the bread in. I will warn you that what I'm writing here is theory and wild speculation, as I've never tried it myself. The thermal mechanics of baking on the tiles is that the heat lost into the bread is replenished from below, and most of the internal baking comes from the contact with that nice hot tile. Without a way to replenish the heat from below, you're going to be limited to one baking cycle until  you get a lot of heat back into those tiles again, and without the extra "heat sink" of tiles in there you wouldn't likely get the same results as tiles on the rack.

Worth a shot, and good luck! Let me know how it turns out if you go this route.

Juergen Krauss's picture
Juergen Krauss

as usually the thermostats are somewhere in the oven cavity, and heat would get trapped underneath your tiles.

I would be very cautious about putting anything directly on the floor of a convection oven.

MarkH's picture
MarkH

That's an incredibly good point Juergen, thank you... UI hadn't even thought about that. Perhaps using kiln posts to offest the tiles from the floor, as they don't store heat like the tile does?

Juergen Krauss's picture
Juergen Krauss

but take care to leave enough space around your tiles so that the hot air can circulate.

I saw some molten enamel on oven floors ...

mcjerjer's picture
mcjerjer

Thanks for all the comments guys! In Paris, right now, my racks are only 14 x 16" so that won't even fit 3 - 6" tiles across, which leaves me with only 12 x 12" which is tiny! Grrrrr. 

 

bridgebum's picture
bridgebum

Why not have a couple of the tiles cut to better fit your oven rack?  I have no idea where that might be done in France, but in the U.S. the home improvement store I bought the tiles from cut them for free.