The magic of bread

Posted on Mon 22 March 2021 in food


I bought a 5-pack of frozen bread dough.

The instructions say to defrost the dough overnight in the fridge. I don't think I read the rest of the instructions. I added 30ml of salted butter in the pan and on top of the frozen dough.

Let's bake!

Videos and images

Bread #1

This is a single bread loaf in a pan.

Turned out okay, but not as big as I wanted.

A diminutive loaf

Bread #2

Bread number 2 is in fact two breads together. The oven light was acting a bit crazy. I'm not sure if it was the light or the webcam auto-adjusting.

Two frozen buttered loaves

The bread(s) ended up being a bit too enormous.

Big bread with flash

Big bread without flash, fork punctures visible


I put a tripod and my new webcam in front of the stove.

The raspberry pi I put on top of the microwave oven. I used the microwave a few times to heat my lunch, and there were no ill effects to the little computer. No doubt the wooden cutting boards absorbed the radiation.

Camera against the oven, computer on the microwave

On the raspberry pi, I ran this command to take a snapshot every minute. Each filename is timestamped.

while sleep 60; do fswebcam -r 1920x1080 ./bread/$(date +%F%T).jpg; done

Making the videos

The snapshots were all saved as images in the folder. I then used ffmpeg to make the videos.

cat $(find . -maxdepth 1 -name "*.jpg" | sort -V) | ffmpeg -framerate 6 -i - -c:v libx264 -profile:v high -crf 20 -pix_fmt yuv420p bread.mp4

I used code from these two pages. The second page explained how to just use all files without having to rename them.

Cleaning the oven window

On the second run, I cleaned the oven window with baking soda and a bit of vinegar. I scrubbed vigorously with a sponge for about 10 minutes and it was all clean!