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Bread baking: Choosing cloche/earthenware shapes

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sylvan Feb 15, 2011 04:00 PM

Hello

I'm learning no-knead bread baking. I want to purchase clay cloche baker ovens. (I was going to use my my Dutch oven but decided to buy something affordable that was made for baking bread, such as cloche). They make Oblong, Round and a style called Romertopf.

Anyone want to share their experience with these products? And any tips on keeping the bread from sticking to the pot?

Thanks, Sylvan but in the the desert

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    bbqJohn RE: sylvan Feb 15, 2011 06:05 PM

    sylvan, sorry I don't have either but just use an aluminum sheet pan and no issues with various shapes and bread types, although the baguette shape is one I prefer. Would recommend reading a book like Reinharts Artisan Breads Every Day or borrow from the library.

    John

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      ProfessorBear RE: bbqJohn Feb 15, 2011 06:47 PM

      I'll second, third, fourth, and fifth Reinhart - any of his books, but especially Apprentice. That book taught me how to bake amazing bread. Another good one is Maggie Glezer's A Blessing of Bread if you like challah!

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        cutipie721 RE: ProfessorBear Feb 16, 2011 07:04 AM

        x6 :-)

        If you want to final proof your bread in the baker itself, parchment will be the stick-proof way to go. However, some people are against this idea. If you preheat the baker before putting the dough in, and if your dough is properly dusted with flour, sticking should be minimal.

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          sylvan RE: ProfessorBear Apr 19, 2011 03:33 PM

          ProfessorBear,
          I love challah...I make French toast with fruit topping and dap of sour cream or cream cheese.

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        sylvan RE: sylvan Feb 16, 2011 10:44 AM

        Hello
        Thank you for all your response and tips. I'll check out the book, as well.
        I've been using a pan with OK results...thought a little clay oven would offer better ones.
        Sylvan

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