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mdvpc

Wood-Fired Baking School

I am getting a WFO from Forno Bravo for our house.  I enrolled in a WFO course at San Francisco Baking Institute for 2014, but they discontinued the course.

Any ideas on other courses that you would recommend?  

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tchism

If you are in the Bay area, there are a few wood fired bakeries in the area that might be able to help you out. Otherwise, there are a few books out there that could help you get started.

The Bread Builders, by Daniel Wing and Alan Scott

Build Your own Earth Oven, by Kiko Denzer

From The Wood-fired Oven, by Richard Miscovich and Daniel Wing

All three books cover how to fire and use wood fired ovens. I have read the first two and I'm about half way through the third. With the knowledge I gained from the books, I have built a cob oven and baked great bread loaves and pizzas as well as roasted chicken and other items in the oven.

Cooking with a WFO is a lot of fun, enjoy your new oven!

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mdvpc

Thanks for the reply.  Actually, we live in San Antonio.  I have the Miscovich book on the way, so thanks for confirming that is a good one.  I will look for the other two book.

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fornographer

You do not need to go to school.  Wood fired ovens are not difficult to use.  The forno bravo forums and pizzamaking.com has a lot of user-experiences that you can follow.

I bought a Forno Bravo a couple of years ago and learned how to use it using those resources mentioned and trial and error.  

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mdvpc

Forno-Thats good to know-like all things, they seem very complicated at first.  I have a friend in another city that owns a WFO pizza place-maybe I will go hang with him a couple days.

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Tom214

I just returned from the King Arthur Flour Company in Norwich Vermont...they have two wood fired ovens there and I believe they have a course in baking in that oven...I completed a one week course on baking bread...their..all I can say is it was fantastic...

 

tom214

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mdvpc

Tom

I will check it out.  Thanks for the info.  I did the SFBI first course in January, am doing the sourdough week in July. How was the KA course?  Which one did you do?