Saturday, September 26, 2009
Making a Uighur Nan stamper
Uighur Nan is stamped with an all-over pattern. This makes the center of the bread crunchy. You could puncture it with a fork. Or you can make a stamp.
Take linoleum (from the art supply store) or a pink eraser, and draw a simple geometric pattern on the surface. Trace over with a thick sharpie. The stuff that is black will remain, the pink of the eraser (or grey of the lino) will be cut out. Using an exacto knife, begin to create a v-groove in the surface by cutting into the surface at an angle. (If you have a lino tool, you can just dig into the surface.) You want to create a fairly high relief, but obviously don't cut all the way to the bottom of the eraser.
When stamping the bread, press REALLY hard, and then trace the lines with a fork.
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