Also known as an instant brick oven a bread Cloche typically consists of a stoneware bell or dome that fits over a wide, shallow dish with 1-3 inch high sides. They are known for out performing bread machines by a country mile. Why? Compared to other bread-baking mediums the cloche baker bakes larger, lighter loaves. When bread is baked on a sheet pan or preheated baking stone, the yeast in the dough is shocked by the intense heat and dies quickly. This limits the rise of the bread. In a cloche, the dough is protected from the shock of the heat, allowing the yeast to live longer and increasing the volume of the dough.
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