Posts Tagged ‘Baking’

Thin-Crust Cultural Heritage

December 8, 2017

Thin-Crust Cultural Heritage
Even though one in three of Italy’s pizza makers isn’t Italian, the UNESCO  Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage has named Neapolitan pizza an Intangible Cultural Heritage.

“The art of the Neapolitan ‘Pizzaiuolo’ is a culinary practice comprising four different phases relating to the preparation of the dough and its baking in a wood-fired oven, involving a rotatory movement by the baker. The element originates in Naples, the capital of the Campania Region, where about 3,000 Pizzaiuoli now live and perform.” — UNESCO
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Tajik Bread

May 14, 2016

Bread baking at Shamsullo Dustov’s house in Kumsangir, Tajikistan, near the Afghan border. A film by John Wendle, selected for the National Geographic Short Film Showcase.

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The Chemistry of Pizza

December 4, 2014

The Chemistry of Pizza
All baking is chemistry, but pizza is … pizza! Okay, baking pizza is chemistry, too …

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Pie Charts

November 21, 2013

Pie Charts

M-m-m-m. Pie.

The chalkboard outside Eastern Market’s Silver Spork (above) reminds us that it’s time for autumn pies. Is omission of sweet potato pie an index of neighborhood gentrification?

Anyway, that chart is fine for November, but over at Modern Farmer Molly Birnbaum and Omar Lee have baked up a 4-season pie chart.

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Formula for Perfect Pizza

November 15, 2013

Fornula for Perfect Pizza

“Soggy bottoms and burnt crusts could be a thing of the past for troubled cooks who are making pizzas from scratch at home. A mathematician claims to have come up with the first-ever formula for the ‘perfectly proportioned’ pizza, taking into account factors like the ratio of topping to base.  Dr. Eugenia Cheng said pizza lovers get more topping per bite in a smaller pizza, but a more even spread of bites in a larger pizza.”

— “Formula for the perfect PIZZA revealed: Mathematician creates equation to ensure you don’t burn – or undercook – a margherita,” Sarah Griffiths, Daily Mail (links added)

Dr. Cheng is a visiting Senior Lecturer at the University of Chicago through Spring 2014, but we don’t know what she makes of Chicago Deep-Dish Pizza. Frankly, we think it’s a kind of bread bowl cheese fondue. Jon Stewart thinks it’s more like a casserole.

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The Greatest Thing Since . . . 1928

July 7, 2013

The Greatest Thing Since . . . 1928.

On July 7, 1928 the Chillicothe Baking Company began selling pre-sliced loaves of Kleen-Maid Bread. Iowa inventor Otto Rohwedder had recently invented a machine that sliced bread into uniform slices and wrapped each loaf. “Just think of it!” read an advertisement:

“Every slice perfect and CORRECT, far better than you could cut it yourself….There was a time when you ground coffee. Now you buy it ground. Well, this is the same sort of sensible, logical improvement.”

One result: New-fanged electric toasters began, um, popping up on kitchen counters all over America.

More:

“A Brief History of Sliced Bread,” Kaitlyn Boettcher, Mental Floss

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Twinkies: Endangered Species

November 16, 2012

Twinkies: Endangered Species

“Future of Hostess hangs on ultimatum to strikers,” Diane Stafford, Kansas City Star

“Hostess assesses possible liquidation as two sides trade barbs,” Diane Stafford, Kansas City Star

“Hostess Brands closing for good,” Chris Isidore and James O’Toole, CNN Money

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Pizza, Any Time

June 17, 2012

Pizza, Any Time

Hungry, but Domino’s is closed? Three words: Pizza vending machines. They’re coming.

Let’s Pizza machines say they’re a cut above factory farmed pizzas. Here’s the fresh factor: After customers pay, they begin by selecting one of four kinds of pizza available. Inside, a machine mixes flour and water together and kneads it into dough, which is then rolled flat. After toppings are added, the pizza is cooked in an infrared oven and dispensed in a take-home box. Voila, your very own 10.5-inch pie in under three minutes.”

— “Pizza Vending Machines Coming to U.S.,” Nic Halverson, DiscoveryNews

Anticipated price: $5.95 per pie.

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The Physics of Pizza

June 3, 2012

The Physics of Pizza

“… the linear or helical hand motions commonly used by pizza chefs … for single tosses maximize energy efficiency and the dough’s airborne rotational speed; on the other hand, the semielliptical hand motions used for multiple tosses make it easier to maintain dough rotation at the maximum speed.”

“Rotating bouncing disks, tossing pizza dough, and the behavior of ultrasonic motors,” KC Liu, J. Friend, L. Yeo, Physical Review E: Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics, in “The physics of tossing pizza dough,” Discover Magazine Discoblog

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Happy National Pie Day

January 24, 2011

Happy National Pie Day

National Pie Day – January 23, 2011
“Grab a Slice of Life.”

“Created by the American Pie Council®, National Pie Day is dedicated to the celebration of pie. As part of our American heritage, this day is a perfect opportunity to pass on the love and enjoyment of pie eating and pie making to future generations.”

 National Pie Day website.

 

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