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Curious about cloches

berryblondeboys's picture
berryblondeboys

Curious about cloches

So, in the last few days for fun, I've been looking at baking sites and saw some things about using a cloche. I have one big question - don't most bread recipes make two loaves and if so, are you halving the recipe to make just one loaf? or are you baking them separately? 

Now that I I think of it, a lot of photos I see too are of just one loaf.

With as much effort and time that goes into making a loaf, I hope you are making more than one at a time! 

I saw a couple of posts from people asking about putting more than one loaf in an oval roasting pan to fit two, but mostly, I see one loaf being mentioned.

julie99nl's picture
julie99nl

I prefer to mix for 6 loaves and bake 3 at a time, but I've been experimenting with a cloche lately so I've been mixing 1 loaf per time. I just scale a recipe for 1 loaf. On one hand there is no cutting and weighing the dough after bulk, but with a small amount I mix by hand so that takes more work but otherwise it's the same time and effort.

berryblondeboys's picture
berryblondeboys

Wow! That's a lot of baking and I bake a lot! I might try experimenting with the Le Creuset big pot I have one of these days. We'll see. 

JeremyCherfas's picture
JeremyCherfas

I bake one at a time in a Le Creuset oval casserole. Theoretically I suppose one is slightly underproofed and the other slightly overproofed, but the hour of difference makes little difference to the finished loaf, in my opinion.

berryblondeboys's picture
berryblondeboys

Thanks!

BethJ's picture
BethJ

... and mix dough for two loaves at a time, but bake only one at a time.  I retard in the fridge overnight, and pull the second loaf out of the fridge about 45 minutes after the first loaf.  Gives me enough time to bake the first loaf and bring the oven/cloche back up to temp.   I haven't noticed a difference in texture between the first loaf and the 2nd.

berryblondeboys's picture
berryblondeboys

Oh, that makes sense as I cannot imagine buying two expensive Cloches. I suppose using two different pots at the same time would work too as I've seen. I have a double oven, but one is giving me problems after a self-clean cycle. The kitchen is almost 9 years old and right on cue, things are beginning to fall apart on it. 

JeremyCherfas's picture
JeremyCherfas

Yup, I do the same if the bread rose in the fridge. Take them out one at a time.