The Horno – Part 3

Fires are not built in the horno for bread baking, but inside a sort of metal screen container that allows the cook to extract the hot, coal filled basket and then insert the shaped dough loaf, loaded onto a wide, flat, bakere’s paddle.  Both tools have long hanldes and cleaning is also done with a long stick or pole on which is wrapped a wet cloth for swabbing the horno interior.  The test the horno for the right temperature, crinkle a fist sized pieces of newspaper and place in the horno.  If it bursts into flame, the hono is too hot.  If it smolders, with the ends of the paper tuning black, it is about right.  A dozen chocolate chip cookies in 8 minutes cooking time would be typical.  Hmmmmm, good!

I hope you found this blog to be of interest.  Of course, I’d like to refer you to a link to my Adobe on-line magazine, still free for now.  If you want to go beyond horno into home construction, Adobe builder is your ticket.  We hope you’ll try it and report back to us.

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