I’ve been looking for one of these for a while.
“Well, good job. What is it?”
This is a Romertopf Clay Roaster. According to my new favorite baking book, My Bread, these things help to make a fantastic chewy bread with a crisp crust. By putting it in the oven while pre-heating, then putting the dough into the hot roaster, it’s like baking your bread in a clay oven.
The only reason I haven’t used it yet is that I’ve been getting so much free bread from the markets that I’m nowhere near having to bake my own again. Luckily, though, it’s multi-functional.
Unlike the Bread Baker model, which is longer and more shallow, the roaster is a bit roomier on the inside. I’m looking forward to roasting small chickens and batches of root vegetables in this thing until market season is over.
Oh man, hiking around in the snow and coming home to a warm house with bread in the oven? It’s going to be a good year.
Shout out to Murray’s Home Again for giving me this for twenty dollars.