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Any questions or recommendations dealing with stand mixers, baking stones, or any other baking equipment.

FrugalBaker's picture

Pizza Stone, Baking Stone or Dutch Oven?

June 16, 2015 - 3:34pm -- FrugalBaker

I have been thinking a lot of late of getting one of those in order to achieve the crust for my sourdough bread that I longed for. Not sure which would yield the best result though. My bet at this point would be a Dutch oven but I do not have a big budget unfortunately....

Also, I read a blog on TFL sometime last month and he was using a big stainless steel bowl to replicate what a Dutch oven could do. Appreciate some feedback on this. 


Many thanks in advance,


AbeNW11's picture

Would this be good as a Dutch Oven?

June 16, 2015 - 4:04am -- AbeNW11

Time to upgrade my baking and get the benefits of a Dutch Oven. Think I have found something that would suit my oven...

Size seems fine. Can you advise on the material?


Thank you.

FIT's picture

Baking in a tagine

June 11, 2015 - 7:00am -- FIT

Hi everyone -- I had some leftover dough from some focaccia and thought I'ld try baking it in my small tagine. Baked loaf weighs 1 lb 5 oz. I let the dough rise the second time, pre-heated the tagine in a 400 degree C oven. Placed the proofed dough in the tagine, put the lid on and continued baking at 400 degrees. After 10 minutes I removed the lid. The tagine provides a moist environment allowing good oven push. Love my Emile Henri tagines!

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My stove turned the burners on by itself

June 7, 2015 - 2:59pm -- bonnibakes

Luckily I was awakened at 6:30am by the sound of the oven exhaust fan and a slightly sweet smell. I walked downstairs and discovered that my Frigidaire electric stove had turned two burners on & they were glowing red. I couldn't shut them off and had to trip the breaker. I've since discovered that there was a recall in 2009 due to a "potential fire hazard", which I was never notified of. 

MonkeyDaddy's picture

Has anybody tried the baking steel

June 5, 2015 - 2:10pm -- MonkeyDaddy

being offered in the King Arthur catalog?

Several posts over time on this site have talked about different baking surfaces and quite a few people use a steel sheet (I use an upside down baking sheet myself) with good results.  I just started seeing this item in their catalog a couple months ago and wondered if anybody had tried one.  


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