A beautifully crafted British made hand-spun black iron cloche, with brass rivets and cast iron knob on the top, sitting on a 12″ rimmed baking tray, which can be used separately.
When I moved house in 2011, my bread suddenly stopped rising. I’d always worked in bakeries with commercial ovens and had a steam setting on my home oven. I hadn’t fully appreciated the impact of the steam setting in my old oven, and I was frustrated at the bread in my new oven having very little spring. Another baker suggested that I use a clay cloche. I’ll admit that I was sceptical, but I hadn’t realised that most domestic ovens are less than ideal when it comes to a beautiful loaf with maximum oven spring, even with a tray of water.
It was 2015 and I remember an acute sense of frustration as yet my 3rd clay cloche broke in the oven at exactly the wrong moment, so I began experimenting with a local blacksmith. The lodge pan was too small and I had burnt myself on a high sided casserole pot. When I looked for a company who could realise my ideas to manufacture, I met the wonderful Sue and Neil and they really brought this idea to life. They make amazing pots and pans and are an artisan manufacturer .
I love them.
Why it works
What baking dough needs is immediate, even heat and steam. The heat provides the rise and the steam keeps the crust soft throughout the time it is rising. The result is bread that reaches its full potential giving an evenly baked, golden open crumbed sourdough. The perfect way to achieve this is with my Spun Iron Cloche.
- The Spun Iron Cloche is PTFE free
- Pre-seasoned organic British grown flax oil for a natural non-stick finish.
- It is strong and light will bake the perfect golden loaf.
- Made with 99.1% pure iron bell and a tray with brass rivets.
- Perfect for range stoves, electric, gas & wood fired ovens.
- Can be used in very hot ovens, safe up to at least 300ºC (572F).
The total height including the knob is 19cm (7.5″). The internal height is 16cm (6.25″) and the diameter is 31cm (12.25″). The lip on the base is 2cm (0.75″) and the total weight is 1.77kg (3lb 14oz).
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