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qahtan's picture
qahtan

crispy

The crispy crunchy crust you get when you bake your sourdough under a cloche.



This is my home made cloche, my husband made. ;-))) qahtan

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soupcxan

That's great...looks a lot like a contraption that Alton Brown would use.

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BROTKUNST

Qathan, this is an inexpensive way to build your own La Cloche - However, keep in mind that the manufacturer of the clay (flower) pot did not have to consider the food safety of those products. The clay may contain toxins that make the manufacturing process of the clay pot more reliable or easier. In general, a clay pot is not the same thing as clay. Clay pots are clay mixed with additives that give the clay different properties when worked and fired; thus pottery is not made from raw clay but a mixture of clay and other materials. Those additives may bake / leak out at 500F ... when you consider using this you may want to investigate this, even if it's just to confirm that the homebuild Cloche is harmless.  Many clay items like bowls and vases, glazed or unglazed, have stickers or permanent markings that indicate that they are just for 'decorative purposes'. You would not find a warning like that on a flower pot.

BROTKUNST

P.S. I read that 'lead' may be an issue in some commercial clay flower pots. There are supposedly simple test kits available that could confirm that your pot would not contain lead.

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qahtan

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BROTKUNST

I got that one, Qahtan. Works great !

I don't use the bottom that comes with it - I put the loaf directly on the hot stone. La Cloche goes great with the Superpeel Conveyor. I use also use (two) Italian Long 'Cloche' from the same manufacturer. With those however I also use the base for proofing and baking. I usually bake two of the long Italian at the same time.

I think Amazon has (had) some trouble shipping La Cloche properly packaged and many shipments arrived damaged - Mine did as well. KA is an alternative since they are really good at shipping their items with care.

BROTKUNST