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Wooden baking frames mark II part I

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Wooden baking frames mark II part I

These days it's quiet here at the weekend, so I thought i would make a multi-part post, Pie King style (well, two parts,anyway). Here we have S02E01 - design and construction.

A while ago I dabbled with baking bread in wooden frames and posted the (slightly mixed) results on TFL. This system was common in the UK, especially in Scotland, where a loaf known as "the Scottish plain loaf" was produced.

After my experimental bakes, I vowed never to bake in frames again. Naturally, I have relented, especially after being reminded of wooden frame baking after viewing a post by voll_korn_voll_lecker 

It turns out German bakers are into using Holzbackrahmen, as they are called.

This time I just made a single frame, but for added interest (and complexity!), I made it with sloping sides, like a proper old fashioned English bread tin - 80deg on the sides, 85deg at the ends - probably the only one in the world! It certainly needed a bit of head scratching to get the angles right....

Sloping sides shold give better rise - think vectors - some of the yeasty forces going sideways will go partially upwards with sloping sides.

Here it is, not quite finished (waiting for a few screws):

 

 

 

English oak sides and a few scraps of  Muskoka Red Deer maple flooring (for you Canadians) at the ends.

S02E02 (the bake) to follow.....

 

Lance

 

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Frame conditioned prior to first use by coating the inside with rapeseed oil and baking in the oven, 200C, top and bottom heat, 30 mins.

 

 

 

Lance

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jo_en

Wow! I really like your project!

None of your "trapezoids" are vertical!

..Measurements are proprietary???!!

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Thanks Jo_en; I hope to bake in it soon. No secrets: side angles are 80deg, front and back 85. I was going to do 80 all round, but realised that the first and last slices would be serious wedgies!

Inside dims are 185 x 90 bot and 203 x 125 top, vertical height 108. Volume is around 2250ml, though I need to do a water test to confirm.

Lance