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Looking for one of the above, or a suitable alternative. Currently using a Dutch oven for my loaves, works great but I find it difficult to score/cut the dough while it’s in the Dutch oven. I don’t seem to have much success cutting it with a lame on the worktop. With a cloche not being as deep as my Dutch oven I thought if might work better for me? Any recommendations for a decent cloche would be greatly appreciated, or any thoughts on the  baking stone method against the cloche?

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I find scoring on the worktop works fine, is the problem that the cut sticks together when you put it in the Dutch oven?

Alternatively you could get one of these:

https://www.lakeland.co.uk/72327/Lodge-Cast-Iron-Combo-Cooker-27cm
 

If you use it upside down (ie with the pan on the bottom instead of acting as a lid) you’ll find it’s perfect for bread as you don’t need to ‘drop’ the loaf into the deep pan.

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On 28/03/2021 at 12:04, _HH_ said:

I find scoring on the worktop works fine, is the problem that the cut sticks together when you put it in the Dutch oven?

Alternatively you could get one of these:

https://www.lakeland.co.uk/72327/Lodge-Cast-Iron-Combo-Cooker-27cm
 

If you use it upside down (ie with the pan on the bottom instead of acting as a lid) you’ll find it’s perfect for bread as you don’t need to ‘drop’ the loaf into the deep pan.

Thank you for your suggestions, it might be difficult to use the lid as a base with my  DO. It wouldn’t be very stable due to the central knob on the lid. I checked the Lakeland site, the product is unavailable just now. Yes the main problem was when I lifted the scored loaf into the DO the cuts closed up again! But I will continue to use it along the cloche I ordered over the weekend. I hope to try the method used by Michiel Leijnse (YouTube) were he folds the dough loosely to create a “cut” top without actual cutting the dough! 

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On 27/03/2021 at 18:55, Punkypj said:

Either of these are brilliant from personal experience (albeit £££) 

https://www.netherton-foundry.co.uk/cooking-baking-dome-and-tray

 

https://www.bakerybits.co.uk/the-challenger-bread-pan

Thank you for the suggestions. I came across the dome made by Netherton Foundry while researching over the weekend before I read your post, and ordered one! Only I will have to wait until May for it to be delivered. It’s good to know it comes recommended.

I don’t think I can run to buying a Challenger pan as well for non round bakes? D o you find the base of the Netherton dome to be a suitable thickness.

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15 hours ago, Mulligrub said:

D o you find the base of the Netherton dome to be a suitable thickness.

I’m sure you'll be very happy with the cloche! I actually have a variant of the cloche that comes with a different base (griddle plate base) which is 6mm so very thick. I’m sure the normal base will get plenty hot though don’t worry, all their items are super well made.

https://www.netherton-foundry.co.uk/baking-bell-griddle-plate

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2 hours ago, Punkypj said:

I’m sure you'll be very happy with the cloche! I actually have a variant of the cloche that comes with a different base (griddle plate base) which is 6mm so very thick. I’m sure the normal base will get plenty hot though don’t worry, all their items are super well made.

https://www.netherton-foundry.co.uk/baking-bell-griddle-plate

Thank you for replying to my question. I may well amend my order and buy the thicker base for the dome instead. I suppose it would be more versatile in that it could be used as a stand alone baking sheet for maybe scones and pizza!

Happy Easter.

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