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kitchendetectiveApril 21, 2014

Received a stoneware bread cloche from DS1 and GF, and broke it in with the recipe from Chuck Williams that was enclosed. Country White Bread.

When they purchased it, they were told to pass on the message not to preheat the oven, so I didn't. However, the recipe definitely called for preheating. Does anyone have any experience with bread cloches and preheating?

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ann_t

Can't help you with the cold oven. But that sure is a beautiful loaf with a great looking crust.

~Ann

    Bookmark   April 21, 2014 at 1:02PM
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grainlady_ks

What a BEAUTIFUL loaf!!!! Well done..... :-)

I have a Superstone La Cloche by Sassafras, and the (elongated) covered baker by the same company, and neither are pre-heated. You get the same oven-spring in the closed container from the steam it produces AND holds, that you get in the super-heated oven plus added steam. Think of it as a mini-oven environment that produces it's own steam.

They are also a good way to save on a little energy since you don't require a baking temperature that is as hot, and don't require as long a pre-heat, or the length of time it takes to pre-heat an oven stone, but gets similar results.

I used parchment paper in the bottom. Cornmeal tends to burn, and I found semolina a better substitute for cornmeal. The natural oils in corn seem to be the problem that you won't get using semolina.

You can also use the covered bakers in a convection or microwave oven.

-Grainlady

    Bookmark   April 21, 2014 at 1:05PM
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grainlady_ks

Ann-

It's a cold covered baker, not a cold oven. You add the formed loaf to the cold (as in room temperature) baker for the final proofing with the lid on. THEN you place the covered baker with the proofed dough in it into a pre-heated oven (with the lid on).

There ARE breads that are placed in a cold oven without being pre-heated, and then the heat turned on to bake them without the usual pre-heating, but that's a very unusual and unorthodox method.

-Grainlady

    Bookmark   April 21, 2014 at 1:28PM
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teresa_nc7

But, a cold oven/no pre-heating oftens works quite well for many yeast bread recipes - I did this just yesterday with my two loaves (in loaf pans) of my Healthy Bread recipe. I was in a hurry and gave the loaves only a 45 minute rise in the pans, put the pans in a cold oven, set the temp to 350F and the timer to 35 minutes = perfect results!

Teresa

    Bookmark   April 21, 2014 at 1:59PM
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mustangs81

BEAUtiful! If this is the results of a bread cloche, I might just invest.

I have been using the preheat, dutch oven method. Good results but not as BEAUtiful as yours.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2014 at 4:12PM
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plllog

I'm one of those unorthodox bakers. :) My mother's (absolutely amazing brioche style) challah recipe must start in a cold oven or the middle won't bake. I don't know if that's the reason for other cold start recipes.

I haven't baked with a dry cloche, but if you're using a wet clay baker, put it in a cold oven or it'll crack from the water turning to steam too fast.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2014 at 7:52PM
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lpinkmountain

I've done it both with a preheated and not preheated cloche. (Yes, it's about preheating the cloche, not the oven itself. Put a cold soaked cloche into a hot oven and it could crack). Kinda similar results, IMHO, but the starting with a cold cloche method is easier than trying to transfer your dough to a hot cloche.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 7:40AM
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ann_t

Posted by grainlady (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 21, 14 at 13:28

Ann-

It's a cold covered baker, not a cold oven. You add the formed loaf to the cold (as in room temperature) baker for the final proofing with the lid on. THEN you place the covered baker with the proofed dough in it into a pre-heated oven (with the lid on).

Grainlady, I was responding to Kitchendetective's comment that she was told not to preheat the oven, hence the "cold oven". I've never baked bread in a cold oven so it isn't something I could offer any advice on.

Regardless of how it was baked, it is one beautiful loaf of bread.

~Ann

    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 10:17AM
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dcarch7

Very nice bread!

I use my wok metal cover for the cloche. Works fine.

Light weight, unbreakable.

dcarch

    Bookmark   April 22, 2014 at 10:37AM
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kitchendetective

Thanks, all! Yes, it was both a cold oven and a cold Sassafras bread cloche. The results were so good that I will probably do it the same way next time. While I did not wet the stoneware first, other than when I first rinsed it several days before using it, I was still concerned that there might be air bubbles in the clay that would cause cracking under high heat conditions. So far, so good. I think the advice about not using cornmeal is excellent. I'm gong to try semolina. I have used parchment in the past in LC at 475, but the parchment turns to flakes insides the pot (Fahrenheit 451 and all. . .). Oh, and the recipe I used for the Country White Bread called for five cups of flour, so it was a large boule.

This post was edited by kitchendetective on Thu, Apr 24, 14 at 14:59

    Bookmark   April 23, 2014 at 8:32PM
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