How to Bake Bread in a Clay Flower Pot

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Terra cotta clay flower pots are a way to bake an unusual loaf of bread. You can use 3-inch pots for individual loafs or you can use larger pots to feed a crowd. The key to using clay flower pots is purchasing unglazed terra cotta pots. These pots can be found at garden centres and should be purchased new. You should plan to use them exclusively for baking.

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Things you need

  • Unglazed clay flower pots
  • Parchment paper
  • Scissors
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Bread dough

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  1. 1

    Prepare the bread dough, whether refrigerated French dough bought at the store or your own recipe.

    Preheat the oven to the temperature specified for cooking the dough.

  2. 2

    Spray the inner surfaces of the clay pots with non-stick cooking spray.

  3. 3

    Cut parchment paper circles to fit the bottom of the clay pots. This will insure that the dough doesn't expand out of the bottom holes.

  4. 4

    Form the dough into balls, about half the size of the pot. Fill the pots no more than half full with dough to allow enough space for the bread to rise.

  5. 5

    Press each ball gently into a clay pot. Set the pots on a baking tray and allow the dough to rise in the pot until doubled.

  6. 6

    Bake in the oven for the amount of time specified on the French dough package or the bread recipe.

  7. 7

    Remove from the oven and allow the bread to cool before removing from the pot and slicing.

Tips and warnings

  • Always wash and dry terra cotta pots before using them for bread making the first time. This will remove dirt and manufacturing dust from the pots.

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