Cooking bread in Romertopf pot

Miranda

Hi all,

I have been making sourdough bread for some time, and lurking and using this forum extensively. Thank you all for your recipe ideas and tips.

My sourdough was enjoying sporadic success only. Lately however, it has become much more consistent- due to my romertopf. I thought it might be worth telling you about, because I previously hadn't had much joy finding good information about baking bread in a romertopf during my internet searching.

I had tried a couple of approaches - soaking then heating the pot, heating up the bottom, but proving the dough in the top, lined with baking paper - then just transferring the whole lot to the heated bottom and baking (this saved burnt fingers, but resulted in a pale crust). Now, however, I keep it much simpler and it seems to work brilliantly.

I tested it out with just the basic pane francese recipe from this site, doing everything according to the recipe, so won't repeat any of that. If I get the photos uploaded, you will see that I did decide to prove it in two parts but cook them together to make it easier to separate out a half loave and give it to friends.

When it came time to heat up the oven, I heated it to 245 degrees Celsius, with the romertopf in right from the start (ie in the unheated oven). I did not presoak the pot.

Transferring the bread to the (very hot) romertopf was a little challenging. I put the romertopf bottom on a board, transferred the first piece of dough carefully in. The second piece did, I confess, get dropped a bit - but that didn't seem to matter. (Burnt fingers the first time I did it though). It may be easier if there is just one piece of dough to transfer. Slashed the dough, put the lid on, and popped it in the oven. No need for ice or water to create steam - the dough itself is wet enough to create steam within the romertopf.

The first attempt, I removed the lid after 25 minutes and reduced the temperature to 220 degrees, the second picture shows a much browner loaf, because I removed the lid ater 15 minutes, and cooked it a bit longer. I'm sold really - each time I have have consistently good bread.

Miranda

 

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DavidP 2014 August 5

Hi MIranda,

 

I've had great success with my Romertopf for baking too.  I went through the pre-heating stage, however now I do the final proof in the Romertopf and transfer to a hot oven - no burnt fingers or fumbling.  The clay pot appears to work very well as a mini-bread oven without pre-heating.

Dave

Tina's Sourdough 2016 May 10

Another way I've used my Romertopf for baking sourdough bread successfully was to let the dough rise overnight in the same "prepared" clay pot that I would bake it in.

After mixing the dough, I would put it in the Romertopf pot to rise overnight. (By "prepared" means that I would coat the pot with a little butter and cornmeal to prevent sticking.) In the morning, I soak the lid and clay pot in water for 15 minutes. ( The bread stays dry in the clay pot while it floats in the water.) I then pat out excess water from the lid, place the pot in the cold oven with the lid on. Put oven temperature to 410 F for 40 minutes. Take lid off and bake for another 10 minutes to brown the top. It comes out quite beautifully.

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chanda 2016 May 20

Hi Marinda!

Your bread look awesome. Thank your sharing and bring up about Romertopf. 

I always wanted Romertopf for my bread baking and finaly my hubby ordered me one but unforturnately it too tall for my counter top oven, very sad really. Now I bought an oval shaped Cast Iron pot for baking my bread. Before use a ceramic pot which is work quite well.

 

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