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  • velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    In my BE English I would use "baking" for baking bread in the oven. I'd use "making" in this context. This seems to be an AE/BE difference.
     

    Andygc

    Senior Member
    British English
    I shall have to disagree with you, velisarius. I agree that we "bake" bread in an oven, but I think we can "bake" or "cook" it on a girdle*, which is the nearest equivalent I know to that tawa. I'd call it baking if it was bread and cooking if it was drop scones/girdle cakes. "Making" bread is the whole process - from getting the flour out of the cupboard and the water out of the tap to leaving the baked bread to cool.

    * girdle, also known as griddle.
     

    velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    I think it's debatable, Andy. If I've prepared the batter beforehand, I can start to "make" the pancakes now. I accept "cook" as well for this type of bread, but "bake" is not the word I would use here.
     
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