The Le Creuset Bread Oven

I enjoy all of my enameled cast iron pieces that I have gotten from Le Creuset. In reality, I use either my brazier or dutch oven at least once or twice a week. They are one of the best things that I have ever bought. And then I saw the Bread Oven.

In case you didn’t know, I recently started trying making various types of bread. I have foccacia mastered at this point, but still working on the sour dough. I have my starter that I feed once a week and then pop in the fridge, but I also have one on the counter that I feed frequently. I have two starters in case something happens to one. I normally make my sour dough loaves in one of my dutch ovens. I actually have 6 total. I’ll post about each one soon and why I had to get each one. But that’s for another day.

About a year ago Le Creuset came out with their enameled cast iron bread oven. The interior is a black enamel, rather than the white enamel that is typically found in the dutch ovens/braziers. I really wanted one, but I needed a dutch oven more. However, I was able to try the bread oven recently. It was actually quite simple to use, just like any other piece I’ve used of theirs.

I only had one concern while I was making my dough. Did I still put the parchment paper down or just let the dough rest on the actual cast iron of the oven? Apparently if you want the cool design embedded into your bread as it bakes, then don’t put down the parchment. If you don’t care, then you can put the parchment down. I ended up not doing the parchment.

So I preheated my oven with the bread oven inside at 500 degrees. Then as soon as I heard the ding from the oven telling me it hit the appropriate temperature I carefully removed the entire oven out and lifted the lid to place my dough straight in the center of it and made a slit on the top of the dough. Then I put it back in the oven covering it with the lid for a 20 minute bake and baked it for another 25 minutes with it uncovered.

It turned out beautifully. Probably one of the best loaves I’ve made yet.

I do love this piece, just be aware you may be limited to just bread or a skillet cookie, or cinnamon rolls in it. But if you bake a lot of bread and want to have that dome cover then this may be a good buy for you. They sell them at Le and also at the Le Creuset Outlets.

No matter how you want to bake your bread, I wish you happy baking!

Let me know what kind of breads do you like to bake?

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