Basic Bread Making in a Terracotta Dish

Basic Bread Making in a Terracotta Dish

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Here’s a simple white bread recipe using a terracotta dish. Baking in a terracotta dish will transform your bread into a loaf just like the bakery. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at just how beautiful and crusty your bread will turn out.


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  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 300 ml warm water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 1/23 cups white bread flour or all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg for glazing


  1. Combine warm water, yeast and sugar together in a large mixing bowl. Let rest for approx. 5-10 minutes until mixture is frothy and has formed bubbles.
  2. In a large bowl mix flour and salt together. Make a well in the middle of the flour and add liquid. Mix together until ragged. Turn out onto a prepared work surface and knead for approx. 8 minutes until smooth and elastic (you can also use a stand mixer with the dough hook).
  3. Grease a large clean bowl, place the dough in the middle, and turn the dough to cover in oil. Cover with plastic wrap and leave the dough to double in size in a warm, draft free place, approx. 1 – 1½ hours.
  4. Using a terracotta dish, soak the unglazed lid in water for 10 minutes, and leave the bottom of the dish.
  5. Once dough has doubled in size turn out dough onto a slightly floured work surface. Punch the dough down and flatten it into a rectangle. Fold the dough like a letter and pinch closed.  Fold in half, use the side of your hand to press it crossed tightly and pinch the seams together. Slash the top a few times with a sharp knife or a razor blade, this is so it rises evenly in the oven. Brush the top of the bread with egg wash. Place the loaf into the terracotta dish, seam side down and put the wet lid on top.
  6. Now, place the bread in the middle of the cold oven.
  7. Turn the oven on to 400°F while the dough is in the oven. This step is very important so you don’t crack the dish and your bread gets its second rise in the oven.
  8. Bake for 35 minutes. Take the lid off and continue to bake for another 10-15 minutes until the bread is browned and when tapped, sounds hollow.


Baking time varies due to size of bread, oven temperature and baking dish. Be careful not to open the oven door or lid too often as it will affect the rise and the crust.


Keywords: White Bread, Bread, Terracotta Baking, Breakfast

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