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

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New Built-In gas oven in the UK

September 22, 2014 - 11:32am -- Barmbread


Our 30 year old and slightly demented gas oven recently decided to cease working altogether. I'm currently having to make do with the microwave on the convection setting. Does anyone have any recommendations for built-in gas ovens in the UK? Sadly an electric oven isn't practical at the moment.

Cheers, Barmbread




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loaf pan replacement

September 19, 2014 - 9:34am -- metropical

I've been using a non-stick Caph for a few years and I like the results.  But the non-stick has started to do what most non-sticks do, peel.

Little by little we've been dumping all of our non-sticks for other metal or glass pans.

Other than a Lodge cast iron (just over the top for me) are there any recs here for a good, NOT coated, large loaf pan?

Preferably US made.

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Help with buying oven in INDIA please.

September 17, 2014 - 8:22pm -- Anil Advani

I've recently relocated to India and am looking for suggestions as to where I could buy a good electric oven.

I've always used a gas oven in the past, but here's no piped-gas and buying gas cylinders [bottled] is harder than it would appear to be!

I usually [used to] bake almost everyday, bread / rolls / pizza / cookies. We also used the oven for roasts etc. I'd like to get an oven that is large enough to get two 12" pizzas done side-by-side.

Suggestions and pointers much appreciated!


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Hot Rod Steam Injection

September 17, 2014 - 1:02pm -- Joyofgluten

 I couple years back, I picked up a used Italian made, electric utility oven, i’ve recently got around to hot rodding it with steam injection.I’ve come up with a pretty slick and effective steam solution, the parts list is quite simple, the heart of it being a piece of stainless steel hand rail. I purchased the exact length of handrail required, two ends, copper pipe and a stainless steel funnel that fits perfectly inside it.

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Missing oven rack

September 11, 2014 - 6:02pm -- Ektheleon

I'm a college student, and I discovered today to my chagrin that the oven in my house this year only has one rack, which is problematic for baking bread, since there's no rack to put the pan on to make steam with. Is there any way to get around this? I'm leery of just putting the pan on the bottom of the oven, since that's where the heating element is, and my next best idea, (rigging up some sort of wire cradle to hang down below the existing rack, and put the pan in there) seems rather complicated. Any ideas?

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Strange smell from new bannetons

September 11, 2014 - 12:49pm -- flouryhands

Just received a couple of new bannetons today from a reputable source and they smell a bit chemically - like petrol. and I don't have to be right up close to detect the smell. I'm concerned they're going to taint the bread so am considering returning them.

I've bought other bannetons before and they've smelt pleasantly straw-like.... nothing like these new ones.

Anyone else had this?



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Corn Flour / Oat Flour for Banneton

September 11, 2014 - 4:15am -- AbeNW11

I live in the UK and bought some corn flour to dust my banneton.

I used it and the dough did not stick at all. The time before I had some issues with using normal flour but this time it was fine.

Turns out that Corn Flour in the UK is Corn Starch Flour. Is it ok to carry on using it?

Before I bought the corn flour I by mistake bought fine Bob's Red Mill fine oat flour.

Can I use this to dust my banneton too?


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