Years ago, on vacation, I ate at a restaurant that had bread that was baked in a brick bread oven. I don’t think I have ever tasted better bread in my life. The crust was nice and crisp and the bread was nice and moist inside. For a while, my husband and I thought about a wood fired clay oven in the back yard but the logistics seemed too overwhelming and we decided not to. I’ve always remembered the taste and texture of that bread but haven’t managed to re-create it in the oven with a traditional bread pan.
There is now a solution that any home cook can take advantage of that will give you that same brick oven taste. The Romertopf Clay Bread Baker is made of terra cotta and bakes a standard bread loaf that measures 9″ x 5″. It is constructed from a special unglazed but very porous clay that easily absorbs water when soaked before cooking. When you bake with it, the clay releases the water as steam producing a perfectly cooked delicious loaf of bread. The bread baker contains no lead, cadmium or other harmful substances so it is completely safety to cook with.
To use the Romertopf Bread Baker, you simply soak it in cold water for five to ten minutes before you use it. Then you add the dough and place it in a cold oven. Recipes can be converted for clay pots by increasing temperature by 100 degrees and deducting 1/2 hour of cooking time. The moisture in the clay keeps the bottom of the bread baker at about 220 degrees which makes burning virtually impossible. The Romertopf Bread Baker turned out a delicious loaf of bread and was very easy to clean up afterwards. Not only does it make a delicious loaf of bread, the pan itself is very attractive and could easily be brought to the table for serving.
I received the 9″x5″ Romertopf Bread Baker but you can also get the bread baker in a French/Italian baker, a round loaf baker, and a four piece mini baker. The line also includes other types and sizes of pots for things like roasts/turkeys and apples or heads of garlic. I love that I can get the taste of bread baked in a bread oven right at home! Once of my lucky readers will win their very own 9×5 Romertopf Bread Baker.
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