Cob Oven

Maureen from http://mylottieheaven.blogspot.com.au/ asked about the cob oven that we use at the farm where my allotment is. So yesterday I took along my camera. The cob oven was made by volunteers some years ago and has been well used as you can see from this photo. The first thing they did was build the brick base. Then they formed a mound of sand on the top, the size and shape they wanted the internal measurements of the oven to be. Then they slapped on a thick layer of mud and straw leaving a hole for the door, left it for two weeks to dry out, then removed the sand from the inside of the oven. The door was made, and then we were ready to fire her up. We use wood as a form of fuel. Once the wood has died down to hot embers these are raked to the back of the oven and the pizzas or damper (bread) are placed on metal trays and popped into the oven and the door is closed while they are cooked. The wood fire gives the food a wonderful taste.

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This is how the oven looks once the door is in place

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And in this humble cob oven, we make the most delicious pizzas.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. cityhippyfarmgirl
    Mar 17, 2012 @ 12:07:27

    oh how I would love to have an oven like that… one day, one day. Enjoy those delicious looking pizzas!

    Reply

    • allotmentadventureswithjean
      Mar 17, 2012 @ 14:29:12

      Thank you. One of the lovely things about firing up the cob oven at the farm is that it is a focal point for allotment holders, and volunteers who work on the community garden, to meet socially. A bit like the village pump used to be in the old days.

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