Monday, November 13, 2006

I'm considering buying a cast-iron pot just for this

Dare I believe the hype? The good folks at Metafilter are frothing at the mouth over a shockingly easy, supposedly foolproof breadmaking method recently covered in this New York Times story. Cliff's Notes version: Very, very wet dough; a long proofing stage; no kneading at all; and baking in a heavy enamel or cast-iron pot with a lid.

Why the covered pot? As you probably know, the type of oven most of us have in our homes just can't produce that elusive crackling crust of a great loaf. I've tried spraying the oven walls with water during baking, but to no avail. The covered pot apparently supplies the moisture that the pros' fancy ovens do. So as soon as I can find the appropriate cookware, I'm giving this a shot.

4 Comments:

Blogger tara said...

For a second, I thought I could get away with using the ceramic liner of my crockpot. The lid is a problem, though. The lid is tempered glass, but the handle is plastic. sigh. Don't think that's gonna work in a 500-degree oven.

Also, be sure to check out the video (there's a link in the NYT article). Check out that gorgeous crumb structure when he slices open the loaf! Oh, I can't wait to try this.

8:04 AM  
Blogger lis said...

lucky me I recently ordered a gorgeous Le Creuset with my sister's dope Bed Bath and Beyond discount, so as soon as I get it I'm trying this bread.

8:25 AM  
Blogger hulyalar said...

hi guys;
what a beautiful idea: 3 friends still stay in touch! i love this
blog,
hulya

9:43 AM  
Blogger lis said...

hulya--welcome! the food on your blog looks amazing--maybe I can talk you into some english translations?

6:56 PM  

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