LoafNest: World's easiest artisan bread making kit

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LoafNest is the easiest artisan bread maker in the world. No-kneading, No-shaping, No-mess, No-cleanup! With LoafNest it takes less than 5 minutes of effort to get Beautiful, Tasty, Flavorful, Healthy loaf at home.

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Beautiful and delicious bread is a delight to eat. But making bread is quite cumbersome and impossible to fit in a regular busy schedule. LoafNest changes this. Whether you are a beginning or experienced baker, with LoafNest you will easily make excellent artisan bread, with a less than 5 minutes of handy work.  

Great results assured every single time. A life changing product for healthy eating food lovers.

Technology

LoafNest revolutionizes home bread making by bringing high-heat, high-humidity professional baking environment to home kitchens. With a patent pending combination of classic cast iron and the state of the art easy peel liner technology, LoafNest brings artisan bread making to everyday life.

Technology

Specifically designed cast iron heavy casserole stores and releases heat quickly to give an amazing oven spring to the loaf. Non-stick liner helps to seals the moisture in, in making a crunchy crust and soft crumb. It also gives nice texture to the bottom of the bread, similar to professionally baked artisan breads.

Features

Beauty of LoafNest is not just skin deep, lot of thought is gone into LoafNest in achieving the following features in the product.

Features

 

 Recipe

Recipe

 

Results

Taste and Beauty

European style bread is made easy with LoafNest kit. The bread you make is full of deep flavor, crunchy crust and an airy crumb that is soft, moist and chewy but not tough. The crumb is airy, flavorful and shiny. The bread you get is so flavorful and delicious, you will probably never buy supermarket bread again.

No knead whole wheat LoafNest bread with sunflower seeds
No knead whole wheat LoafNest bread with sunflower seeds

 

We designed LoafNest such that you are always guaranteed a good oven spring that makes the bread look so delightful. 

The non-stick perforated liner gives a texture on the bottom of the bread similar to professionally baked bread.

Convenience

Using the LoafNestis so easy and practical. It takes less than 5 minutes of handy work to get the most amazing bread. It fits in to the busy schedules and lets you make your own bread. LoafNest kit is designed specifically for bread making, for easy no-knead bread making. 

With improved no knead recipe and Loafnest, it is so convenient to make the bread, while not compromising on the amazing quality of the bread.

No knead just mix
No knead: Just mix!

 

There is no kneading, no floured worktops to clean, and no proofing baskets to manage. With LoafNest non-stick perforated liner, there is no wrestling to get the bread out of the hot casserole. It also peels off effortlessly from the bread. It is environmentally friendlier than baking paper.

Health

With Loafnest, it is possible put in the ingredients that you trust in your bread and forget about preservatives, emulsifiers, stabilizers etcetera Normally it is just flour, water, salt, and yeast. Since YOU decide what goes in your bread, you can be assured that the bread you make is free of preservatives, additives and artificial flavor enhancers.

Healthy bread with LoafNest
Healthy home made no knead LoafNest bread

 

LoafNest recipe uses less than 1/6th the yeast of a traditional bread recipe. LoafNest is slow food made easy. This is good news for those who feel their tummy is bloated with normal bread or people who have difficulty digesting bread or other gluten rich foods.

Creative freedom

LoafNest gives you full license to let your creative juices flow. Don’t be constrained by limits of traditional baking. You can use much higher amount of water or other fluids (vegetable juices, dairy for example). And sky is the limit for herbs, spices, grains, veggies, cheese or other flavorings. Just mix them in or throw on top before baking. You can use multiple kinds of flour or mixed flours.

Creative freedom with LoafNest bread
No knead LoafNest bread with green beans and red kidney beans

 

Although we designed LoafNest for no-knead bread, it will improve baking of bread made any other way. You can use LoafNest to make almost any recipe that would benefit from high humidity and high heat baking.

Consistency

LoafNest removes the uncertainty from bread making. Inconsistent results drive people away from bread making. Not anymore with LoafNest.

Consistency
Consistently great bread with LoafNest

 

LoafNest’s improved no knead recipe is robust and forgiving for small errors in measuring. You could count on LoafNest, for an oven spring and a soft crumb, making a perfect loaf every single time.

Design featuresDesign features
  • Two handles on top to force more safer two-hand operation 
  • Offset handles inspired by butterfly wings and clover leaves 
  • Tracks on the inside of the top part to prevent condensation from accumulating at one place 
  • Unique shape of loaf that makes it possible to have uniform slices for sandwiches, while remaining round enough to have an artisanal appearance

Cast iron 

Cast iron stores and releases heat same way as a baking stone used by traditional European bakers. Cast iron is robust, durable and simply looks gorgeous. LoafNest classic cast iron with a modern design will look nice in any kitchen. With proper care, it will last generations. LoafNest casserole is designed for making bread. But then, it can also be used in a way that you would use a traditional casserole/dutch oven.

Cast iron

 

Our cast iron casseroles are made in China by a reputable manufacturer who also supplies to major brands in Europe and North America. Our cast iron LoafNest adheres to EU and US standards for food contact safety.

Silicone liner 

Our liners are made using the cutting edge of professional baking technology. LoafNest liners are made with perforated silicone reinforced by glass fibers. Perforations allow better heat transfer, allow moisture to escape giving a crunchy crust and give that professional baked texture on the bottom. 

Silicone

The liners are developed and made by Demarle, who are known for their Silpat baking mats. We developed a partnership with Demarle to bring this professional technology to home kitchens. 

Our silicone liners are rated for use between -40°C and +260°C (-40°F to +500°F). 

Our silicone liners are made in France. They adhere to EU and US standards for food contact safety.

SpecificationsSize

 

Dimensions: Product dimensions are approximately 12"x6"x5.75" (30cm x 15.5 cm x 14.5cm). 

Weight: Approximately 5.5 kg (~12 lbs) 

Color: Pantone Blue 286C with a gradient shade of Pantone Light Blue 0821C. [Colors are approximated] 

Casserole: Thick cast iron. Colored glossy enamel coated on outside. Black matte enamel inside. 

Liner: Glass fiber weave coated with food grade temperature resistant [-40°C to +260°C (-40°F to +500°F)], oven safe silicone.

Talk of the town

Here is some early praise for LoafNest by independent sources.

"It's physically beautiful, and the silicone liner for easy removal/fuss reduction is a stroke of genius." - Fred Decker , Trained Chef and food writer

"The liner does seem like a brilliant idea. The step of transferring a wet loaf into a hot cast iron pot seems to present the biggest no-knead challenge to new bakers." - Sheila S.

"LoafNest makes easy artisan bread possible at home for everyone" - Trendhunter

"It looks neat, and it seems well designed for its intended use" - algochef [Reddit]

"Visually, it's great. I love the idea of the perforated silicone 'nest' that allows for easy clean-up" - breadandbirds  [Reddit]

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Cast iron is heavy and LoafNest is relatively large. This makes shipping it quite a challenge. We have optimized logistic plan that allows us to provide economical shipping backers in a limited number of geographies. 

For EU/US/CAN regions we have optimized shipping for 16 Euro. This includes all applicable taxes and duties. For Australia, we have all inclusive price of 50 Euros. 

For other geographies, we have to rely on more traditional shipping like postal services which are more expensive. That also means you might have to pay import duty and other taxes yourselves.

Safety

Loafnest is designed with secured offset handles to prompt two hand operation. When handling the hot casserole, securing all four handles together gives more stability. All our materials are food contact safe in line with EU and US regulations. Cast iron and silicone are BPA and PTFE free.

BPA PTFE free

 

Inspirations

The NYT no-knead bread recipe and My Bread by Jim Lahey 

Flour Water Salt Yeast by Ken Forkish 

Modernist Bread by Nathan Myhrvold and Francisco Migoya

The science behind

 

Baking bread is as much a science as art. Recent books like the 5-volume 'Modernist Bread' are an indication of how complex and wonderful the science of bread can be. We have worked hard to translate the best of the bread science into LoafNest to make it simple to use, to deliver consistent results, tolerant for errors in recipes, versatile for various types of breads, and to make beautiful and tasty bread everyday use. Here is the science behind how we do it. 

Hydration: the proportion of liquids in a recipe has a strong influence on the structure of the bread. This ratio is called hydration and typically expressed as a weight percent of flour in the recipe. For example, a 50% hydration recipe has 50 grams of water for every 100 grams of flour. Too low a hydration makes the bread end up dry and tough. Higher hydration is generally preferred for and high hydration breads (e.g. ciabatta) are known for their rich soft texture and taste. However, too high a hydration typically makes softer bread but after a point it causes the bread structure to collapse which makes a very dense bread. Of course, it also makes it very difficult to handle since the dough would be very runny. Only with a very strong protein structure can a high hydration bread hold its structure during baking. You can achieve this by adding flour strengthening agents (as done in many commercial bakeries) or by allowing more time for the protein structure to develop. With LoafNest, the long fermentation and slow yeast activity allow for the proteins to hydrolyze to a higher extent, to form stronger and longer chains that can help bread retain its structure even with high hydration. 

Crust formation: Crust forms on the bread when the outer layer reaches a high temperature and goes through changes like Caramelization and/or Millard reactions. This creates the wonderful golden-brown color and the flavor. The texture of the crust comes from the gelling of starch on the surface as it hardens. A higher humidity of air around the bread as it is baking does not let the bread surface dry as it bakes. This gives a thin but crunchy crust that we associate with artisanal breads. LoafNest retains the moisture by forming a seal on the rim using the silicone liner. This very effective moisture trapping allows for crunchy and thin crust. 

Consistent baking temperature: Unknown to most home bakers, the temperature you set on your own is not necessarily the temperature experienced by the bread. We are not talking about inaccuracies in temperature setting. Even an oven with perfectly calibrated temperature will not ensure a consistency of temperature for bread baking simply due to the variation of humidity in atmosphere. Ever noticed how on a humid day you feel warmer with the same temperature that is fine on a dry day? The same thing happens to the bread. If the air is dry it experiences a lower temperature than that of air temperature. In thermodynamics this is called the wet bulb temperature. Since LoafNest seals moisture around the bread, the air will become quickly saturated with moisture and hence your bread will always experience the same temperature that you intend. 

Oven spring: The large cracks on the surface of the bread (called ears) are distinguishing feature on many artisanal bread. On some breads like baguettes they are distinct part of the identity of the bread. Location and number of these ears is controlled on some breads by scoring with sharp a knife. These ears are formed when the outer layer of bread is partly hardened but inner of the bread is still expanding. This expansion of bread is called oven spring. When oven spring happens at the beginning of the baking before the outer layer is fully hardened, it can lead to wonderful ears. But oven spring requires a lot of heat input into the bread and most ovens can not provide heat fast enough. With specifically designed high thermal capacity of cast iron, LoafNest re-creates condition similar to a stone oven. This gives a great oven spring every time.

Why we do this

 

I am Shrivalli Bhat, a physicist, wife and a mother. I grew up in India, studied in India and England and living in the Netherlands. I am a PhD in Physics from Cavendish labs, University of Cambridge, a Queens' college alumnae and a Gates Scholar. 

I created LoafNest in our endeavor as a family to eat healthy and tasty every day. 

Bread is such an essential part of our lives that in many cultures Bread means food. But the bread we eat today is, flavorless, and full of preservatives and stabilizers. we like to experience the real joys of life like the taste of a real fresh artisan bread. Baking at home could ensure healthy eating, but then, it is not easy to achieve great results without right the right tool. Electric Bread makers offer convenience at the cost of bread that is no better tasting or looking than supermarket bread. For us as a family, the hope for good homemade bread was lost until we discovered no-knead bread. 

We admit that when we first heard the name, we thought it was gimmicky. After all, how can you make bread without kneading? How wrong we were. Over the last several years we have made and eaten almost exclusively healthy, delicious and just awesome bread at home, thanks to this method. And now, we are at a stage where we could make beautiful artisan bread without touching the flour with hands with specifically designed tool, LoafNest, for this purpose. 

Prototype LoafNests
Our army of LoafNest prototypes

Having science and engineering background, we experimented a lot and optimized the process to make it even more foolproof, even easier, and more convenient. With the prototypes we designed, with this method, it is unbelievably easy and reproducible. It is a fest to watch what comes out of the oven in the LoafNest every single time. With LoafNest you could make professional quality bread in your home with very little effort and we want to share this secret with the rest of the world. 

We are a team of product developers with science and engineering background who are passionate about simplifying and bringing cutting edge technology to daily lives. We worked hard in designing a meaningful product and in securing reliable and experienced manufacturers who have years of experience in manufacturing quality products for the best brands in the world. We trust that with these partnerships, we would be able to bring best quality LoafNest kit to you that would be in your kitchen for years and, brings a smile every time you look at the bread you bake with LoafNest.

Why we need your support

 

We have the prototypes of LoafNests and have been happily using them. But we are one big step away from bringing LoafNest to market. Your support will enable us to make this product come to a reality for everybody for everyday use. It will enable us to order tooling and achieve sufficient quantities for minimum orders for a series production. 

Both cast iron and silicone need expensive tooling to achieve desired quality. In addition, both require manufacturing machinery that are capital intensive. Hence our suppliers demand heavy upfront tooling costs and sufficient quantities that make production runs feasible. With your support, it will be possible. And, we are truly thankful for your support for making it possible. 

We are making a start with LoafNest. Over coming years, we have a pipeline of creative, effective and meaningful products to improve the daily lives, be followed by LoafNest. By helping us to fund LoafNest, you are also helping us to take those bigger challenges. You will help us in the true spirit of Kickstarter.

Credits

 

We would like to thank the global baking community for inspiring the idea of LoafNest. 

We would like to express our gratitude to our friends who pitched in with ideas and helped out with testing LoafNest and providing feedback. Particular thanks to Coen Claassen for his tremendous help with campaign page design. 

Finally, we thank the Kickstarter community for creating such a vibrant and supportive environment for creators. We could not have done this without any of you.