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Sassafras 11-in. La Cloche Brick Oven: Natural
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Product Description:

One of the earliest ways to bake bread was underneath a curved cover or cooking pot placed over an open hearth. This is such a cooking bell made from hard-fired clay that nests on a lipped baking stone 10" in diameter. Place your bread dough on the pie-shaped base, cover it with the bell, then put it in a preheated oven. A 2-pound loaf fits under the 8 1/2" high dome. The lid traps moisture escaping from the bread to create the steam needed to produce a light, brittle crust. During the last few minutes, remove the cover to lightly brown the crust.

Product Characteristics:

Cleaning & Care : Wipe with damp cloth
Dimensions : 11 x 6-in.
Material : Natural stone (clay)
Origin : USA
Size/Capacity : 11 x 6-in.
Warranty : 1-year

Customer Reviews: (24 reviews)

Recommended by 97% of Reviewers
Rated a "Good Value" by 87% of Reviewers
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Average Rating: 4.5
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5 I bought this as a gift
December 26, 2013
By Dominique, WI
Son'- in laws are difficult to buy for but I found out he has just gotten into baking bread. I bought the Cloche as his Christmas gift. He was SO EXCITED !!!! It looked great. I hope to hear how it bakes, perhaps even taste some of his goods.
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4 Round La Cloche Brick Oven, (11-in.)
November 6, 2013
By TIM, ID
Oven looked to be of high quality, but I thought it was overpriced as it was imported from China & NOT made in the USA as advertised in the product description. Looking forward to using it next week.
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5
December 17, 2012
By Sandra, PA
Bought this as a Christmas gift for my husband. He and I both enjoy cooking. He loves crusty artisan breads, so I knew that he would like this gift. I gave it to him before Christmas because I wanted him to practice making bread before our guests began arriving. Also, I was hungry for some homemade bread! The bread was delicious and the oven was easy to use. I think that we will get a lot of use from this product.
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4 Love it.
February 19, 2012
By Lori, TN
l Would have rated thus product a 5 but, I have only used once and some of the other reviews complain that it crackes over time so I will have to see. But, so far I love it. The bread it makes is the best-
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5 Lives up to expectations!
March 4, 2011
By Diana, IL
All the information already reported about this oven is true! My sourdough bread is the best it's been!
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5 retirement is having fun
November 13, 2010
By nancy, CA
I am a little handicaped and retired, have 5 kids 14 grandkids so I have always cooked and everyone says my food is good, so I started reading about italian breads and there you go. I bake about 5 loaves a week now. all kinds. I have my daughter take some to work and the girls go crazy. it get a little pricey but who cares. my daughter-in-law found a loaf of peppers and cheese at a farmers market and said my was better, there you go again what can I say. I just wished I'd bought this product years ago. happy shopper. would like to buy another, but can't afford at this time. nancy
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5
October 8, 2010
By Paul, CA
Was what I expected and am happy the way the bread tourned out.
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5 exceptional producyt
July 3, 2010
By YOSHIRO, MO
I bought this to bake my bread. After using this to make rustic Italian bread, it was amazing.
It is a exceptional product with very reasonable price.
I recommend this producty to everyone who loves to bake breads.

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5
July 19, 2009
By thomas, PA
best piece of equipment a home baker could ever own if one wants to make artisan bread.
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5 Great Bread Baker
February 17, 2009
By WILLIAM J, MD
Based on reviews of others, I fully expected at least one of the two I ordered would be broken (base is fragile). However, both were received in perfect condition. I have used other clay bakers, mainly the elongated versions, with terrific success in bread baking. This round version is no different. It bakes a round loaf with results similar to what you would find in a tradition Italian bakery.
I use the round version for sourdough bread.

I highly recommend this item.
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4 Love that crusty bread
February 6, 2009
By duane, WA
I like the way the oven works, it puts a nice crust on the bread. Have been having trouble with the bread recipe that comes with it though. I would have liked a few more recipe options and a trouble shooting section.
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5 Great Product
December 13, 2008
By Thad, FL
This was a replacement for the identical item we have had for several years. My wife dropped a pot on the lid and broke it, so I ordered a new one. We have found that it is an ideal item for cooking everything from vegetables to meats in the oven. I believe it would be great for baking bread in the oven also. I highly recommend it.
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5
November 12, 2008
By David, NC
Fast shipping, quality merchandise, weould recommend.
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4
May 3, 2008
By Margaret, MO
I love the results I get from baking bread in the La Cloche. I bought one several years ago, but when the base broke after a few uses, I regretfully returned it. The vendor was no longer carrying it, so I couldn't get a replacement. When I decided to check it out again, I noticed from the reviews that others had had a similar problem. I finally managed to find Sassafras online and wrote asking them about this problem. They sent me a replacement base! There I was with the base, but no
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5 La Cloche pans rock!
November 24, 2007
By Michael, IL
If you are looking for artisan results in your home oven the La Cloche is the way to go. No fuss, no muss. The more they are used the better they get!
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5 Great bread oven
October 29, 2007
By Glenis, MI
Mine arrived intact in a well-packed double carton. I love this thing! It makes bread with a wonderfully crisp crust that I have never been able to achieve before. I haven't bought store bread since it got here. I've been using the recipe provided with the cloche.
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4 The top is great, the bottom will break
September 13, 2007
By Chad, TX
I still recommend this, but you have know you're buying it for the top only. The bottom pan will break, so get yourself a separate pizza stone to substitute for the bottom (and then use that for pizza and cookies too). I just use my old pizza stone, which I prefer anyway to that stupid pan 'cuz it's easier to slide the loaf onto it with a baker's peel. I think my old stone might be the Bialetti square, but there's no markings on it to be sure of that anymore. That combined with this bell top has been doing great, cooking a loaf of killer spelt sourdough every week now for more than eight months. I have not tried any other products like this to compare, but haven't seen any others like it out there to try.

The upper bell on this oven is thick and sturdy. It has even stood up to a quick air-cooling outside the oven rather than letting it cool slowly inside the oven like you're supposed to do. It makes for great rustic breads in a conventional oven because it holds in the moisture, and you don't have to spritz your loaf every 5 minutes or have a professional oven with steam jets.

My first one arrived with a shattered bottom pan. Cooking.com promptly sent a replacement that had different manufacturer's packaging than the first one, plus they added more padding in the outer box. After three or four uses, however, the bottom pan cracked in the oven anyway. The pan is thinner than the top, and it looks like we've all had this same problem here, so don't count on the bottom lasting for you. If yours arrives with broken bottom but top intact, just save your time and skip asking for a replacement.
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4 Good product, poor packaging
April 11, 2007
By Lisa, WA
I purchased the La Cloche specifically for baking bread. After reading the reviews of this product on Amazon.com, I learned that most who ordered the La Cloche received it broken. My assumption was that Amazon was not doing a good job at packaging the product for shipping. This is what prompted me to order from Cooking.com, my hope being I would receive it not only at a slightly lower price but also not broken.

The La Cloche arrived in a secure box with good packaging but it was broken. I attributed this to the manafacturing packaging and not Cooking.com. I was sent a replacment ASAP which arrived in good condition.

There are literally 20 + reviews on Amazon of people who ordered this and recived it broken, not once, not twice but many going on three times. Let the manufacturer know they need to change their packaging to avoide irritating thier customers.
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4 Works as advertised with reservations
April 7, 2007
By Margaret, CA
This product definitely produces the crusty artisan-style loaf as advertised. However, I returned my first order due to cracks in the base. The base on the replacement order cracked shortly after it arrived. I used it anyway and the cracks don't seem to affect the function of the oven. (See Amazon.com for many other similar comments.)
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5
December 4, 2006
By john, OH
as alan scott said in his book about baking bread and building ovens the results in using this device are unblievable. it produces a real artisan loaf of bread that cannot be duplicated in anything other than a masonry oven
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