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first bread from the earth oven

shimpiphany's picture

first bread from the earth oven

i fired up the mud oven on thursday, and had a hectic evening of trying to time everything correctly.

i made pizza, brussel sprouts with garlic, onions and breadcrumbs, sourdough rye, french bread, and roasted corn, sweet potatoes and garlic.

as you can see, i overproofed the french bread, but the sourdough came out perfect, with a great oven spring. i soaked my door a second time before the bread to increase the amout of steam in the oven, and it really seemed to work.

sorry for the lousy pictures, but by the end of the evening i was exhausted. getting the timing down to maximize the oven is really going to be a challenge.

here's the group shot. i took this while all the veggies were roasting. leftover pizza, sourdough, french and brussel sprouts:

i saw the brussel sprouts at the farmer's market and knew we had to try them in the oven. i roasted them at about 600 degrees. they look ugly but taste fantastic:

the bread. the sourdough was about 25% rye made from my 100% hydration starter, thaddeus. thad's been lounging in the fridge since the weather started getting hot, so this is not only his inaugeral run in the mud oven but first bake in about 5 weeks.

the french bread in the back is based on reinhart's recipe in BBA. i overproofed it because of timing issues, and it tastes okay but is really a disappointment.

i'm going to try and fire the oven again next week. i just brought in a fresh supply of almond wood, and the starter is back to living on the counter. i'm going to try and see how many loads of bread i can cook in one firing.



holds99's picture

Sounds like you had a busy evening.  The French breads look fine and the sourdough, as you said, looks perfect.  That's quite an accomplishment.  Congratulations and best of luck with your next batch of bread.  Please keep us posted as to how things are going with your breads and oven.

Howard - St. Augustine, FL

susanfnp's picture

This is so exciting to watch. Congratulations on a wonderful inaugural bake!



weavershouse's picture

Really nice job shimpiphany, it all looks perfect from here. Oh how I'd love to have an oven like yours...and someone to fire it for me :)                              weavershouse