Bread cloche (500g loaf)
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Available to collect for £110 (see below for details) .
- Photographs show bread made from the same weight of the same dough, baked in and out of the cloche -
These bread cloches are thrown on the potter’s wheel with a clay body that mimics high-mica clay that is naturally dug in Mexico and parts of south-west America. The clay was developed for Potclays by recently deceased Apache decedent Felipe Ortega who worked throughout his life in the traditions of Jacarilla Apache coil-built pottery.
Having such a high content of mica (the silver shards) makes the clay thermally resistant and oven safe. The base and lid are thrown on the wheel, and the handles pulled and attached separately. The two parts are then allowed to dry thoroughly before being sanded smooth by hand. The body is then covered with slip made from the same clay and buffed with soft cloth.
Baking in a cloche keeps the dough in a steamy atmosphere, mimicking steam-injected ovens used in industry and large kitchens, allowing for an evenly cooked, well developed crust and optimum rise. We asked a professional baker, Matthew Wojas, to test them in a domestic oven. He used the same dough to bake four loaves, two in the cloches and two just on a baking tray. He was very taken with the result and pointed out that the loaves baked in the cloches were considerably lighter than the others. This is a sure indication, other than the look and size difference, that the crust was able to open and develop more steadily, letting more moisture out of the loaf during baking.
These cloches are much lighter than cast iron pots that are usually used for the same purpose. They can also can be used for storing and heating brought or previously baked breads at home.
Wipe clean with a soft brush or cloth. Full care-notes included with purchase.
This item is available to collect from The Marches Pottery, 45 Mill Street, Ludlow, Shropshire, UK for £110. Please email Studio Artificer to arrange a time, and to arrange either payment on collection or by BACS.