Basic Bread Making in a Terracotta Dish

Basic Bread Making in a Terracotta Dish-2

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A simple white bread recipe using a terracotta dish (with tips included) will transform your bread into a loaf just like the ones at the bakery. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at just how beautiful your baked 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 bowl, place the dough in the middle, turn the dough to cover in oil. Cover with plastic wrap and leave dough to double in size in a warm draft free place approx. 1 – 1½ hours.
  4. Using a terracotta dish, soak the lid in water for 10 minutes, leave the bottom of the dish.
  5. Once dough has doubled in size turn out dough onto a slightly floured work surface. Punch dough down and flatten into a rectangle. Fold dough like a letter, pinch closed. Fold in half and pinch seams together. Slash the top 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. Invert the loaf into the terracotta dish, seam side down and place the wet lid on top.
  6. Place the bread in the middle of the cold oven.
  7. Heat the oven 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 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