Saturday, July 2, 2011

It's too darn hot 'round here to bake bread.

I don't think there is anything that can stop me in my tracks like a fresh baked loaf of homemade bread. It is too darn hot to bake that stuff inside the house. I am crestfallen, what does one do in such trying times? Why, you just make a cob oven, that's what!  "Yippee, a cob oven!" you say. "What's a cob oven?" It is the most fitting thing a person can do with acres of TN red clay just inches under foot.

Cob is a combination of clay, sharp sand and chopped straw. Ok, still not clear about what it is?  It is basically an earthen dome, outdoor oven that has been used for perhaps thousands of years for cooking.  It is also called a Quebec Style or Crouching Groundhog oven.  You don't really need much to get it going. I bought a copy of Kiko Denzer's book "Build Your Own Earth Oven" and it is really detailed about how to put one together.  It is this guy:

So, hopefully, LJF will have a snazzy wood fired clay oven on the property, just small pace or two from the back porch of the cabin.  Life is beautiful and the bread will be good! Don't forget the pizza.

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