Last Chance for Oven

Last Chance for Oven

Submitted by Capyboppy on August 31, 2015 – 5:45am.

Although I think I have made my decision to stop using the oven for my bread baking I am posting in case there is one more thing I have possibly missed.

Over the last 3 months or so with the help of the amazing Abe, I have had great successes  with adaptations for my Panasonic bread machine. However, it is a different story when baking in the oven. I have not had one completely successful loaf. At best the loaves have baked but still turned out gummy in the middle. I have done all the usual things such as using a pizza stone, pre-heating for a long time, buying an oven thermometer to check the temperature (waste of time as it is so variable very quickly and it says it is 2 gas marks out which I find hard to believe as all my other food and dishes cook correctly).

I have tried to simulate a Dutch oven with a glass cloche over the pizza stone and that didn’t make any difference. I have also just tried again using pans.

I am at the end of my tether as my gas bill has shot up and the amount of waste from thrown out loaves has been ridiculous. Other than buying an electric oven as that is the only other thing I can think it could be, has anyone else got any ideas that doesn’t involve great expense and will result in a properly baked loaf? Or should I just stick to my very successful bread machine results?