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Wanted: La Cloche Bottom

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OldWoodenSpoon's picture
OldWoodenSpoon

Wanted: La Cloche Bottom

The bottom part of my son's La Cloche baker broke recently and I am trying to help him locate a replacement.  If you have a bottom without a top you would be willing to sell, I'm interested in discussing it.  Either reply here or send me a private message if interested.


Thanks
OldWoodenSpoon


ps:  He was baking deep dish pizza in just the bottom when it happened.  He said the pizza was good though!

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SylviaH

I sorry I can't remember exactly where..but maybe if you google clay pizza bakers you might find it..but I have seen a clay pizza baker that would make a perfect bottom replacement for the la cloche bell baker.  I have read also that these bottoms break very easily on the la cloche bkers...so I always make sure mine gets pre-heated with the top..I guess that helps!  Well mine hasn't broke yet..but I never put it cold into a hot oven.  Also sometimes they are listed on e-bay.


Sylvia

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plevee

You don't actually need the bottom. It works perfectly well on a flat baking stone. Patsy

008cats's picture
008cats

They bottom half is for sale at Bread Topia, listed @ $16.00. Here is the link:


http://www.breadtopia.com/store/la-cloche.html


Gabrielle

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OldWoodenSpoon

Thank you all for the tips.  I did find the BreadTopia item, but I really thought perhaps someone would have one they wanted to be rid of.  Two of us could then have what we wanted.


The idea of not needing the bottom is a good one, but it does lower the dome about 1.25 inches and that can be a problem with high-springing loaves.  I've had it happen even with the bottom in place.  I imagine it might be more of an issue without it.


I do appreciate the feedback.  I'll wait another day or two to see if someone finds this posting and has what we need.  I'll pay a reasonable "used item" price and shipping.  No harm in helping someone clean out a cupboard.


Thanks to all.
OldWoodenSpoon

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alconnell

Some folks have reported success using a clay plant saucer as a replacement.  Word of caution, be sure it is unglazed.  Alton Brown used one with a pot as a baker in one of his episodes.

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anomalink

My La Cloche bottom cracked within weeks of first use, and I didn't know about breadtopia's $16 replacement option, so I went to the garden shop and bought a Terra Cotta plant plate that fits well enough for about $5. The only change is that the top balances on the lip instead of fitting inside. (It wasn't long after that that I made some La Cloche alternatives with pots and plates and eye-bolts.) All is well, now.

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008cats

This is a good idea for me, as I have been using one of those lidded corel casseroles and would prefer a more "plate-like" bottom and more headroom for the oven rise.

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OldWoodenSpoon

Thank you all for the good ideas.  He will be home for Easter so we can talk about the alternatives then.


Thanks again to all
OldWoodenSpoon