Best Bread Ever in a Clay Pot

Bread will be always a trigger in the gluten-free lifestyle. It is the perfect carrier for butter and jam, cheese, sandwich or chicken salad. But only a few have a real good consistency and taste when they are made with alternative flours to wheat flour.

It is many years I am thinking to buy a clay pot for meals and bread in the oven. And I finally got one (I decided this one).

I had this in the box for months now and a couple of weeks ago I decided it’s time to try a bread in the clay pot. I found a very promising recipe on Rezepte Glutenfrei, I tried white bread for a soup, which came out really great and tasted like ‘normal’ bread.

But as I like more the bread with a good crispy crust and a soft, dark inside I opted the next time for a darker bread with seeds. We were ‘flashed’ by the goodness of the bread. I think there is no gluten-free bread that is more like a store-bought wheat or rye bread.

For my purpose I just altered the original white bread recipe with my own combinations of flours.

I think the key of the goodness of the bread is definitely the clay pot. There are some points to pay attention before putting the clay pot into the oven. For example, you need to ‘bathe’ the clay pot in water (I use hand warm water) for at least 10 minutes. I leave it submerged in the water for the time the bread dough needs to raise. Then never put the pot into a pre-heated oven but always in a cold one.

This means you put the bread dough in the pot, the pot into the oven and only then you switch on to the temperature the bread should be baked. This way I needed to alter the time as well about the time the oven needs to heat to the right temperature. In my case it is about 10 minutes. In the recipe I found – which is already for a clay pot bread – it is about 80 to 90 minutes. That’s the time I do it, too. 240°C/460°F is also pretty high.

If you want a real crispy crust you can take the lid off the pot and leave the bread for an additional 5 minutes in the oven.

After you took out the pot (it is super hot! Pay attention!), get the bread out of the clay pot and knock on the bottom with your knuckles, it should make a hollow sound. Then the bread is ready to cool out on a cooling rack. Please let it cool out completely, so best overnight. If you cut it open before it is completely cooled, the bread gets soggy inside. And that is nothing you really want, I guess. This by the way is the hardest part in the bread baking story!

The day after indulge in this amazing bread and let friends come over for breakfast. With homemade jam, soft-boiled eggs, nut cream cheese or just some salt and olive oil on a slice – you will just love it! And don’t forget: it is a Sunday brunch treat, not a daily meal!



Bread in Clay Pot
Clay Pot Bread
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Servings Prep Time
20 slices 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
80-90 minutes 40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
20 slices 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
80-90 minutes 40 minutes
Bread in Clay Pot
Clay Pot Bread
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
20 slices 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
80-90 minutes 40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
20 slices 15 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
80-90 minutes 40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: slices
Instructions
  1. Fill 450 ml lukewarm water into a jar and add the yeast. Stir briefly to dissolve the yeast in the water. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl add all the dry ingredients. Then add the oil, the vinegar and yeast-water-mixture. Now stir all with a wooden spoon or if you prefer with a kitchen machine. All ingredients should be very well combined.
  3. Place a towel over the bowl and leave it for 40 minutes in a warm place, so the dough can rise.
  4. Meanwhile fill the kitchen sink with lukewarm water and immerge the two pieces of the clay pot into the water. Let it soak for the time the bread dough rises.
  5. After the 40 minutes get the bread dough out of the bowl on the kitchen counter and with enough additional flour of your choice knead the dough again for a minute or two. Don't get a plain surface, just let enough folds on the top. The bread looks much better this way as they will open during the baking.
  6. Place the bread loaf in the clay pot, lit on the top, and in the COLD oven. Now switch on 240°C/460°F and let the bread bake for around 80 to 90 minutes.
  7. Take the clay pot out of the oven, place the lid back in the open oven and take the bread out of the pot. Be careful, pot and bread are super hot. Knock on bread's bottom (not on heaven's door). If the sound is hollow the bread can be placed on a cooling rack for at least 5-6 hours.
Recipe Notes

Instead of millet flour I tried also Teff flour. Comes out great as well.

You can slice the bread and freeze the slices. They are great right away or toasted.

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This is the clay pot I got:

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A Moor Island – Maasholm

Maasholm is a peninsula east to Kappeln south of the border to Denmark. Once a little fishermen’s village today it is an exclusive center for vacation and a nature reserve.

Initially we wanted to go last Sunday to Kappeln. I know Kappeln just because of my parents who lived here before I entered their life. So I was curious. Unfortunately we left late from Lübeck, and we just arrived for lunch-time. We found a very nice little restaurant along the Schlei and had a super yummy fish meal – plaice and roast potatoes and herring filet called Matjes, a specialty of this region.

As it was already around 3 pm my friend suggested to drive back, but I wanted to see this nature reserve nearby. The time was perfect for the light, at 4.30 pm the sun goes down. So we went and we enjoyed our perfect decision!

Maasholm was mentioned for the first time in 1649, The name comes from the Danish word Mås which means wet meadow or moor. Holm is the suffix for island.

There was once a Viking settlement. In the 17th century fishermen founded another settlement here but was abandoned just a year later because of flooding.

Nearly a hundred years later a dam was built to have a land connection. Since then the island became a peninsula as the dam helped to silt up the opening. Maasolm is part of Kappeln.

I think it is interesting that this tiny place has actually its own coat of arms: a ship’s wheel, 3 fish and a Neptune fork.

The economy is based on the fishery and a smoke house for fish. But also the tourism is a very important income, everything about water sports, sailing and more. Here the Viking-Frisian-Bikeway starts, a bike path that follows the old trade routes of Frisians and Vikings.

It seems so that around 600 people live here permanently. The marina has more than 450 berths or boat slips, one of the biggest in the region and the perfect start point to explore the river Schlei (see my article about Haithabu) and the Danish Baltic Sea side.

We had a wonderful afternoon here, the sunset was beautiful. But mostly we liked to observe the fishing boats coming in and the many sea birds trying to fetch some food. We were standing at the dock, trying to get the best (photo) shots and three old men sitting on a bench were commentating about our efforts. It was a very funny situation.

Maasholm is one of the very typical places along the northern coasts and a great place where to ‘breathe’ the feeling of the ‘Fish heads’, as North German people are often called.
















Maasholm, Schleswig-Holstein/Germany:

For further information:
A website about the Geltinger Bucht and Maasholm


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Again at the Castle of Schwerin

Wintertime rainy days. What to do? Let’s go to Schwerin and have a look again at the castle. It is always interesting and being with friends it is much more fun.

This is no history lesson about the castle in Schwerin as I already have an article about and which you can read here.

There is even a second article that talks about the ghost who is still ‘living’ here.

I let you just enjoy some additional photos I took this last time I went. The castle is always an afternoon worth of having a cup of coffee and a look around in the museum.

Enjoy the photos!
















The Castle, Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern/Germany:


Large view


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Winter in Travemünde


Winter in Travemünde is cold, very often rainy but only sometimes ice-cold and snowy. Here are some photos that will give you an idea what a ‘real’ winter with ice-cold wind from the east would look like.

Enjoy and keep warm!!










Travemünde, Schleswig-Holstein/Germany:


For further information:
More about Travemünde

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Little Flake and the Girl – (A Short Winter Tale)

Once upon a time there was a little snowflake that was born on a cold December evening. Winter is the time when snowflakes come into the world. Little Flake was her name. Her mother was a raindrop and her father the cold Icewind.

On this cold December night, it was the 24th, a raindrop fell from the sky and the strong, imposing Icewind fell in love with the iridescence of all her colors. He held her and kissed her long and lovingly. Shortly thereafter, mother raindrop became a feathery snowflake and Little Flake was born.

Little Flake let herself be carried cheerfully by her father through the air. She laughed and danced happily on his arms. She wanted to discover the world, fly higher and higher.

Below her she saw bright lights. Illuminated houses, lights moving on long dark bands, flickering candlelight.

Little Flake also saw an infinite number of other snowflakes like herself. Many of them were already exploring the world on the ground. But there were even more swirled through the air, carried on the strong arms of their father.

Father Icewind blew the little snowflake onto a windowsill at a house. There she sat down. Through the glass she could see 2 children dancing around a big tree in the brightly lit room, laughing. The cheer was contagious and the little snowflake was laughing with them. When the little girl ran to the window and gazed happily out into the frozen world, Little Flake got frightened, backed and was immediately carried away by her father.

She heard bells ringing, smooth music playing – and she let the ice-cold wind whirl her cheerfully through the air.

Eventually her father got tired and stopped carrying her around. The snowflake slid slowly on the ground and lay down on a orange-red carrot, which served as a nose to a snowman with black coal eyes. Here she rested until late morning, exhausted by all the dancing all night long. She glittered happily in the cold sun, the cool Queen of Ice had a hard scepter.

When the door of the house was opened eventually, because the snowman was right in the front yard of the same house she looked into the window last night, the little children of yesterday evening ran out of the house, laughing loud. The little snowflake on the tip of the nose of the snowman looked at them, all excited. When the little girl approached curiously and looked at the snowman, she saw Little Flake right there on the very tip of the carrot. She came very close and looked with wide eyes and was amazed.

Little Flake laughed back, blinking at the big eyes. As the little girl tapped the tip of the snowman’s nose, Little Flake vanished, and she became like her mother a raindrop. The girl looked disappointed for a moment at the carrot, before she ran away, laughing again.

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