My Improvised La Cloche, Thai Style
I live in Thailand where many specialty baking items aren't available. Improvising has been interesting, sometimes fun and occasionally quite frustrating. Pictured is what I found at a local kiln to bake my breads in. I would have loved a La Cloche, but this is working wonderfully. To acheive an extra steamed effect I soak the lid of this unglazed terra cotta pot in water before I bake.
I preheat it all in my oven and when I take the lid off to slide my bread in, steam wafts out. I use a metal pizza peel made locally that I was really excited to find. I can't buy a banneton so I use a stainless steel bowl. For a couche I cut up an old thick cotton apron & it is working great!
This is a traditional style terra cotta pot used for food. I have lived here in Thailand for 12 years now.