Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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baguette machine

Neverending baguette machine- fresh bread whenever you want.
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On one side the machine has a collection of containers (water, flour, butter, yeast) that you top up whenever needed. These ingredients are mixed, kneaded, and then baked. On the other side of the machine, there is a neverending baguette that gets pushed out. Whenever you need some bread, you just cut off the exposed part that has already come out of the machin. So at night, if you need 30cm of bread for the next morning, you set the machine to 30cm@9am and it will use the ingredients to 'push out' 30cm of a fresh baguette by 9am. Basically an improvement on the standard bread machine.
ldb, May 20 2001

Continuous bread http://www.bakingan...ience.net/princ.htm
Partly-baked already (though not the baking part). [angel, May 20 2001, last modified Oct 04 2004]

Extrusion cooking technology http://www.pavan.com/pavan/snacks.htm
Widely used in snack-food [angel, May 20 2001, last modified Oct 04 2004]


       I'm having trouble visualizing breadmaking as a streaming process. Wouldn't the kneading and rising steps be awfully difficult to implement except in batch mode? Now I can see continuous production of hard rolls (kneaded and baked as batches) but a continuous baguette...?
Dog Ed, May 21 2001

       The food industry already uses systems whereby the raw ingredients are mixed in a hopper then heated and extruded into the final product (see my second link), and I can't see a problem in adapting this for bread dough. I would think that, by manipulation of the speed and temperature of the extruder, it may be possible to produce the required quantity on request.
Just a half-baguette for me tomorrow, please.
angel, May 21 2001

       You`d need a never-ending tomato. One that was just the top bit, with the hard part which was once attached to the plant. Baguettes/sandwiches from Budgens, 7-11 etc *only* use this part, and *never* the rest of the tomato. Presumably those bits are sold to Pizza Express or somewhere - the sandwiches contain the fruit/veg equivalent of petfood meat!
Pallex, May 21 2001


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