Oven in an Oven, what about shrinking your Oven?
So i was mulling over baking techniques and adding a few things together. Namely:
- professional restaurant ovens are optimally sized to bake whatever they're baking. eg pizzeria ovens are just tall enough to clear a pizza. this reduces wasted energy, heating only a volume of air that is in contact with the baked good.
- heating a small space is cheaper and quicker than heating a large space.
- the Oven in an Oven method traps moisture from the dough and keeps it close to the crust.
- most baked goods do not fill up an entire oven. a 16 lb turkey does, but not three one-lb loaves.
ok, so the distillation of all that is: can we modify our kitchen ovens to bake bread in the most efficient way possible?
essentially, can we form an insulating barrier inside the oven, effectively minimizing the amount of energy needed to keep it hot?
has anyone attempted this? i'd be very interested in trying something like this, considering that when i make 1 lb of bread, i have to heat up a space maybe 20-30x larger than i need to.