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Baparoma ... where have you been all my life??

I've always heard about the Baparoma, sort of like how one hears about Big Foot or the Loch Ness Monster. Whispered, never seen.

Well, I finally scored me a Baparoma on eBay recently and baked my first baguette with it.

The emperor certainly is wearing clothes in this instance. Designer duds, no less.

The bread was perfectly crusty on the outside, and sinfully velvety and chewy on the inside.

It's baguette perfection.

And it's mine ... all mine!

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  1. i googled it. what does it look like, can't find a pic....

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      1. re: becks1

        ooh yeah, nice! thanks.
        (and i refuse to bing!)

        1. re: mariacarmen

          Yup, the picture by becks1 is exactly it, except mine is a bit more, ahem, tarnished.

          1. re: mariacarmen

            LOL, I refuse to Bing OR google (don't like the idea of IP address tracking, sorry) and so for me it's Ixquick

            Good comment on how to achieve the same effect without the pan though:
            http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/2087...

            I see another poster on that thread mentions the interior coating flaking off "easily". Will be interesting to see if the OP experiences that issue over time. The manual (also posted on that thread in its entirety) describes the interior as "double layered nonstick silicone coating" which you would think would not flake off (a la Teflon-esque) but maybe some were not coated properly during the manufacturing process?

            1. re: skyline

              don't like the sound of that. plus, OP says later in the thread they've been out of production for years?? even more suspect of the coating now..

        2. re: mariacarmen

          Direct from GOOGLE

          Not sure why you wouldn't be able to find it...type in the word and there it is.

           
          1. Where are these pans from? Not a single one currently for sale on ebay...

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            1. re: roxlet

              From what I understand, the original manufacturer went out of business about 10 years ago, or so.

            2. Well deserved, and you sound wickedly gleeful. Hehehehhe

              1. Can anyone post any recipes for the Baparoma? I have one as well and am not sure how to use it. Thanks.

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                1. re: jonf35

                  Jon, any lean bread dough will do. Look for a french baguette recipe, or any type of bread that would normally be baked in a boule (round) or torpedo shape. They can be tricky to shape - but delicious when you are successful.

                  I've been toying with getting a Steam Bread Maker

                  http://www.steambreadmaker.com/

                  All it is is a steamer thingy to inject steam into the baking cavity. The baking cavity is formed from a good quality baking stone with a stainless steel lid from a buffet table setup, which has a hole drilled in the side where you can inject steam. It's the injecting steam part that makes the difference - its as close as you can get to a steam oven without actually having a steam oven. If you're handy you could duplicate the entire setup for about half to 2/3rds the price (depending on how lucky you are sourcing the parts for it).

                  Given I can't even seem to hold on to a knife properly these days, I'm not about to try to drill a hole through a stainless steel surface. The savings on medical bills alone make it more cost effective for me to buy one already made, LOL!