Baking Stone

 Hello to you all,

After a number of loaves exceeded the width of my round pizza stone (not a pretty sight) I decided that I need a terracotta baking tile but the best I can get is 300cm by 300cm. My oven's shelf is 420 cm by 330 cm and I'm asking for advice as to where I can go to get as close as possible to this perfect tile. I live in Kew, Melbourne.

Cheers
George K

 

7 comments

Terracotta is not necessary - being Victorian a bluestone baking stone would do very well. If you go to a stonemason, they will be able to cut one to size for you. The advantage of getting it cut is that you can ask for it a bit thicker - say 20 or 25 mm. Retaining heat is what it's all about.

Hello George

 

I cannot really help you as I live in the UK, but I have a granite one.  See:  http://bakerybits.co.uk/Granite-Baking-Stone-30cm-by-40cm-and-3cm-thick-... .  It is 30 x 40 cm - I presume you meant mm when giving your measurements above.  This one is 3 cm think and retains the heat beautifully, but is very heavy. It is glazed on one side, but I use the unglazed size for baking on.

 

I agree with Kymh that you could try a stonemason. 

I, too, live in the UK but they must have these in Australia. I went to a home store and bought a couple of granite worktop savers like this:  http://tinyurl.com/6fnbg4u 

They're far, far cheaper than those from a bakery supplier (OK, maybe not as thick) and I find they are just the job.

 Hi, I bought a terracotta baking stone (labelled as pizza stone) from Your Habitat. It measures 38cm x 35.5cm x 1cm.  It works a treat. Good luck

Hi George,

Have you tried the Essential Ingredient at the Prahan Market? They may have a large one.

 Try a pottery supplies store. What you want is a kiln shelf which can be cut to your exact size.

You need to do a google on kiln shelfs for baking as there has been a lot of discussion over what is food grade and what is not.

There is also a lot of information about preping a kiln shelf but general opinion is just wipe it down and fire it up a few times and as for storeage just leave it in the oven if you have room. Any marking from baking will not harm it.

This is what a lot of people use in the uk. I am sending the link for information only you should be able to get the spec from this and then search nearer to home.

http://www.bathpotters.co.uk/category/rectangular-kiln-shelves/221/0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0/1

 

Good luck

Try a guy who installs kitchens

The granite benchtops get the sink hole cut out,I have my hole as a table top on a singer sowing machine base, but it would make a great pizza stone.