Today I baked an apple pie using the apples I was gifted the other day. The dough was made using an improvised method of feuilletage. Strictly speaking, it’s not a puff pastry, but the baked result is almost like it.

The apple pie I made by myself is delicious! By the way, I bought this oven second-hand for 100,000 yen a while after I got married. I’ve been using it for more than 40 years since then, so it’s probably been about half a century since it was first manufactured. The only thing I can control is temperature and time. There are no electronic parts, so there is almost nothing to break. The gas power is great, and it works as I control it, so it’s very easy to use and reliable.

Modern ovens have a control panel that allows you to set this and that, or you can leave it to the oven and it will automatically bake for you. But I guess everyone is getting worse at cooking.

I’m an analog person after all. I don’t trust machines much, and I don’t know how to use them well. If I keep relying on machines all the time, I think we’ll become really stupid. Also, the life span of these ovens is short because they use electronic components for complicated functions.

Originally posted on November 5, 2020

English text translated with DeepL (Japanese to English) and checked by Mina.

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