Bake your artisanal breads as good or better than a commercial oven with this quality made factory pre-seasoned USA manufactured Lodge L8DD3 4.7lit (5qt) 27cm diameter cast iron combo cooker.
The spit design of the low sided skillet and the deeper pot with handles couldn't be better designed for baking breads by the "dutch oven" DO method. Each can be a fitting lid for the other.
For baking breads, the low skillet is the base you place your loaf to bake, the high pot becomes the deep lid that captures the steam & encases the loaf in moisture as it bakes. This process is critical to getting a great oven spring and thin cracking crust.
Superb quality US made cast iron double Dutch Oven (DO) replicates the intense but moist heat of a commercial oven with steam injection. Your loaves will come out the best you've ever seen.
The 1kg natural fibre Banneton bowls make a boule shaped loaf that fits the Lodge perfectly. As per photo of baked loaf, the loaf was final proved in a 1kg Banneton Bowl.
The method is simple ...
Preheat oven & L8 to 240C for at least 30mins
With oven gloved hands remove the hot L8 from oven & place on to a wooden board
The proved loaf from your banneton is knocked out & placed on the shallow skillet. Because this skillet is shallow its easy to place & score. Give it a good misting with cold water after scoring
Invert the deep pot & place it over the loaf to fit on to the skillet (photo 2)
Loaf is now encapsulated within the L8
Put the L8 back into the oven & bake for 20mins. Do NOT lift the pot off the loaf during this period
After 20mins remove the pot from the oven. Continue baking loaf for a further 15-20mins to develop crust colour
When desired crust colour is reached, take the loaf out of oven, off the skillet & on to a cooling rack to cool down.
Beside using as a superb bread baking DO, make use of this cast iron combo set in your kitchen as a skillet for searing steaks & meats, as a pot with lid for stews, soups, casseroles - to cook on stovetop or in the oven. Induction top friendly too.
Cast Iron will last forever! Made in Tennessee, USA by Lodge Co (since 1896).
I also stock the LCC3 Double Skillet Set (has skillet handles). The LCC3 works in the same manner as the L8DD3, the difference being they have skillet handles. So you get a low and high sided skillet pan and/or a skillet pot with skillet lid. So versatile. See photo #8, #9
Please note this is a NZ Distributor Product and only available in New Zealand.