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What's the best way to generate humidity when baking bread? (besides spraying the oven with water)

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What's the best way to generate humidity when baking bread?  Other than spraying the oven with water, which I'm not sure how good that is for an electric oven.

 

TIA

post #2 of 8

put a pan of water in rear of oven.  When you spray it over time you will warp the oven.

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Over 50 years in food service business 35 as Ex Chef. Specializing in Volume upscale Catering both on and off premise .(former Exec. Chef in the largest on premise caterer in US  with 17 Million Dollars per year annual volume). 
      Well versed in all facets of Continental Cuisine...

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post #3 of 8

Ice cubes.

post #4 of 8

Cast iron pan filled with lava rocks placed in the bottom of the oven.  Pour water over the rocks once the loaf has been placed into the oven.

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Best and I'm a foodie.   I know very little but the little that I know I want to know very well.

 

-T

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post #5 of 8

Having experimented alot with my own oven, I think the best way for me is a cast iron or ceramic pan heated in the oven and boiled kettle water poured in a couple of minutes before you put your bread in. Do remember though that because the oven is hot you will not see the steam - the humidity will be there, but it won't be visible.

post #6 of 8

Cook the bread in a covered cast-iron pot.

 

Traps it's own steam and the radiant energy inside the pot will give you a huge oven spring.

 

Shatteringly crackly crusts!

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"Plus, this method makes you look like a complete lunatic. If you care about that sort of thing".  - Dave Arnold

 

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"Plus, this method makes you look like a complete lunatic. If you care about that sort of thing".  - Dave Arnold

 

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post #7 of 8

Nice idea, I'll have to try that.
 

post #8 of 8

I've heard that these ceramic/porcelaine cookers kick *ss, too.


Edited by kokopuffs - 8/1/13 at 8:09pm

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