Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church Marietta, GA.
I have been making prosforon for about 18 years and if you are a prosforon baker, you may be able to relate to what brought about this design.
I had tried many recipes for prosforon, in the hopes that I could find a recipe that would make a readable seal every time.Unfortunately, that did not happen.Each time it was my turn to bake the prosforon for my church, I found that instead of my having a humble, prayerful heart, I would be filled with anxiety.I wondered if I would get a good seal in order for my priest to say communion prayers, or if I would have to make it again and again until it would be just right.As I continued to try, I kept thinking that there must be a better way to insure a good seal impression every time.I prayed for Godís guidance.
Since I am an amateur potter, the idea that maybe a pottery bowl with a seal in the base might work.While the idea was good, the properties of pottery clay made the prosforon dense and not the testure it should be.
I began searching for a company that would create a prototype, nonstick baking pan to my specifications.That was quite a challenge.Many doors closed, but with Godís guidance, many doors opened.Finally, I found my pan maker and The Gifted Pan became a reality.The Gifted Panís prosforon seal makes a great, readable impression-every time.
May Godís blessings shine upon you as you bake.
Dear Gifted Pan:
In summary it works.
I had never made bread before in my life and my first attempt with your bread pan and recipe came out flawless. The stamp was raised perfectly and the bread had great taste with a crusty outside and a soft inside. Even guys who never pass through a kitchen except to "nuke" a snack can make this bread. I would even be honored to offer this to the church for blessing.
My Best Regards Steven C. Thompson Gainesville, GA
The prosfora pan has made it easy to make your offering and bring it to church for the Holy Eucharist. I tried the pan myself and the results are amazing. I am only using prosforo made with the pan for the proskomide because now I can have consistency in the bread and a beautiful seal to make the amnos from."
Fr. Panayiotis, Marietta, GA.
When Tina first told me of her idea to make a prosphora pot that had the seal in the bottom, I was immediately excited. I have made bread on and off for our Divine Liturgies for many years, and have never been able to keep a good seal on the bread. With Tina's pot I had hope. Tina lent me one of the prototype pots and on the first and second attempts at making bread, the seal came out as good as any prosphora bread I have ever used in our services. I see the pot as a great gift to all novice and master prosphora bread makers who can "get it right" from the start. The pot is solid, and I love the fact that it has a non-stick coating as the bread with the near perfect seal fell right out of the pot when it had baked. Thank you Tina for following through with your inspired idea...
Father Jacob Myers St. John the Wonderworker Orthodox Church Atlanta, GA 30312
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