The crown baker is a brilliant ceramic piece with 8 wells for your sweet and savory breads (try out this sweet dough recipe for starters). The bread rises and bakes to form a crown that easily tears apart and has a tender, soft interior with a gently crisp crust.
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Ceramic french bread baker
Bread baked in a clay pot produces a crispy crust with a tender, moist interior. Some clay bread bakers are similar to metal or glass loaf pans but others come with a cover. Cooking Techniques and Handling the Pots. Always soak the pot in cool water for 10 to 15 minutes before using it.
NOTES : You are indeed lucky to have received a clay baker as a gift. I have one and it does a marvellous job. It bakes a loaf of French bread which has a thin, crackly, very crisp crust. Assuming your clay baker is about the same dimensions as mine, 15x6x8 inches, you should be aware which It is not large sufficient to handle a 1 1/2 lb. loaf.
The new ceramic Baguette Baker from Emile Henry bakes three, 13½inch long by 2¼ inch wide, artisanal French baguettes. The Baguette Baker traps steam from the baking bread to create an environment similar to a steam-injected oven. The steam gives the bread a crunchy, golden crust and a chewy interior.