Post by American Girl Rescue on Dec 18, 2007 13:37:43 GMT -5
Adobe Oven & Bread Set JWA0 $20
"Josefina’s family did their baking outdoors in an horno, an adobe oven shaped like a beehive. To bake bread, Josefina had to start a fire in the horno with a bundle of twigs. Then she opened the horno door, scraped out the hot coals, set a tuft of wool on a wooden paddle, and held it inside. If the wool turned brown, she knew the oven was hot enough for baking! Your horno set includes two loaves of bread—one unbaked and one golden brown."
This is a great set that Josefina can use to bake her bread or just a great item to add to her (dwindling) collection. The quality of the piece is great.
We got our set from the Outlet store, so it is missing the piece of wool and the bundle of twigs. It also comes with a rectangle piece of leather that I assume is to use as a hot-pad to remove the door when it's 'hot' but since it's not listed as being included in the set, I'm not really sure what it is for.
The horno (oven) is made of a very strong resin material and measures 7 inches high by approximately 6 inches square.
Josefina and the Adobe oven (size comparison)
There is a wooden door that can be placed in front of the opening to keep the inside of the horno 'hot' and also a small vent in the top to let the excess 'heat' escape.
Horno with the door on
The oven has imitation coals inside of it that look very real and 'hot'.
'hot' coals inside the open oven
The set also comes with two loaves of bread. The bread is rubbery/plastic. There is a white (unbaked) round loaf and a tan (baked) round loaf. Also included is the wooden paddle to take the bread in and out of the horno.
Bread and paddle, door and leather 'hot-pad'
The set also came with a "Josefina's Horno Set" full color 6" x 6" six-page booklet with real life pictures that explains how a real adobe oven would be built and used.
I really like this set and think that we will get a lot of play time with it. It's very durable and very authentic looking. Grade A
I recently won this set on ebay and I really like it alot. I am a sucker for the historically accurate accessories and if you are like me, this is a must have. This set seems really durable and is sure to allow a lot of play time.
Post by green chile supergirl on May 30, 2009 19:17:29 GMT -5
Both my grandmother and great grandmother have adobe hornos in their yards, so I was excited to get this authentic piece of New Mexico. My main criticism of it is that it's just way, way, way too small. A real horno would be almost as tall as Josefina.
I got my set at the outlet, but unlike AGR's, I did get the wool. Luckily, the missing wood twigs are the easiest thing to replace. The two loaves of bread are really cute.
What would have made this set perfect would be to have included ceramics in various states of preparation. Hornos were used for cooking and for firing pottery- my grandmother was a traditional Pueblo potter and she used her horno to that purpose.
I love this set! The night I got it there was huge tragedy with the tuft which automatically got lost. But I found it under the couch! ^____^
My only gripe about this set is the oven is made out of foam, and the paint chips off pretty easily. There's a puncture in the bottom of mine and you can see the foam through it. :/ I would have liked to see this oven made out of something a bit more durable, but overall, I love it! Great set!
I like everything about my oven! It is cute and makes a really sweet prop for Josefina. The bunch of corn is HUGE though, it is nearly as tall as the actually oven... -.- My only complaint would be that it comes with bread, and I would like to see tortillas. My papa saw it, and being Mexican, he noticed and pointed that out. Overall, I really like this set and I would give it an A-