Verel communal oven

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Address
5 Place du Four, 74290, Talloires-Montmin

Description

Verel hamlet communal hoven

Verel hamlet communal hoven. Used pas century to cook the bread for the habitants. 

A masonry structure, generally vaulted, open at the front, for baking bread, pastries, etc. The wide opening allows the bread dough to be placed in the oven, starting with the large loaves on the sides, which take longer to bake, and ending with the small pieces. It is possible to bake several times in a row, ending with pies or pizzas, which need less heat. 

In the Middle Ages, the oven belonged to the lord and the vassals had to bake their bread in return for a fee: the banality


Originally, it took 5 hours to heat the oven and then 5 hours to bake the bread. As soon as fire bricks appeared (around 1920), the ovens were transformed. Today it takes 1 hour to 1 H. 30 to heat the oven and 1 hour to 1h30 to bake the bread depending on the outside temperature, without changing its taste.

With the multiplication of bakeries in the communes, as well as the ease of transport, the country ovens have gradually fallen into oblivion. 

In Talloires, several have been restored and are maintained. There was one in each hamlet. Sometimes some are still in use!

Transport

By Bus 🚍
Free Mobil'ete shuttle during high season (Informations here)
Bus Stop "Saint Germain Ecole", 5mn walk

By Bike 🚴‍♀️
Follow the "Col de la Forclaz" road

By Car 🚗
Free Parking onsite

By Train 🚈
Annecy Train Station: 15km
Albertville Train Station: 32 km

By Plane ✈️
Geneva Airport (GVA): 1h / 60km
Lyon Airport (LYS): 1h35 / 145km