Oblong La Cloche Bread Baker
4.88 out of 5 based on 17 customer ratings
(17 customer reviews)


Oblong La Cloche Baker – Made in USA

The crust lovers cloche

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Oblong La Cloche Baker – Made in USA

Oblong la cloche bread baker

Whole grain sourdough bread sitting pretty

Produces the same crispy crust and moist crumb as the round La Cloche. I call this the “crust lover’s cloche” since a longer loaf has more surface area than a comparable round loaf.

Along with the rising popularity of the no-knead bread baking technique, the oblong cloche has become our most popular model. The wet no-knead dough tends to flatten out during baking. However, the sides of the oblong cloche shore up the dough, forcing an upward rise and consequently a better shape. You’ll also have a loaf shape more suitable for sandwiches and toasting.

Another big benefit is it will fit inside a standard 30″ oven along with the round La Cloche (two round La Cloches will not fit at the same time). Now you can get two hearth oven style loaves in the same baking.

The moist dough within the hot cloche creates the steam needed to produce a delicious bread with a crackly, golden crust and a more open crumb. Absolutely eliminates the need to spritz your bread, pour water in a hot skillet or any such thing to get the nice crust you are after. The La Cloche natural clay baking dish and domed lid will simulate a hearth oven in your kitchen.

We’re very happy to now offer this model made exclusively for Breadtopia by Emerson Creek Pottery in Virginia.

“I have been baking breads and yeast pastries for over 50 years. Since moving to the no knead method I have been making a variety of breads the no knead way and using a variety of covered containers from a clay wok to cast-iron. I recently purchased the loaf and boule covered bakers. There is no comparison. These products create a bread that has a perfect crumb and a perfect crust and the taste is sublime.”Elaine Cooper – Breadtopia customer
“I’ve used the bulk dough/refrigerator method, recipes from 4-5 different no-knead books, the stone, broiler pan, ice cubes, but nothing got the crust to crack when cut like the la cloche. Yesterday, I think I made the pefect loaf – used the Cooks Illustrated recipe with KA white flour and added about 10 minutes to the cooking time. Crust crackly, big holes, chewy texture; hubby got out some cheese and we ate half the loaf for supper – never done that in 30+ years of baking bread. Next I’ll try the WW flour, then some seeds…”Linda Rowley – Breadtopia customer


Outside dimensions (for determining fit in oven): 15 1/4″ long x 7 1/2″ wide x 4 3/4″ high
Inside baking area: 14″ long x 5″ wide x 4 1/4″ high


La Cloche Clay Baker – Oblong

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Additional Information

Weight 12 lbs
Dimensions .1 x .1 x .1 in

17 reviews for La Cloche Clay Baker – Oblong

  1. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Just ordered another one. The product results were so good with this model in the past that I just have to give it another go!

  2. 4 out of 5


    I should clarify my previous remarks. Before buying the La Cloche I used small Romertopf bakers with very good results. I liked the shape of the La Cloche and purchased it based on all of the great reviews it received. The finished product from my La Cloche use was excellent. When mine developed cracks, I decided to go back to the Romers, just because I wanted to be cautious about potential breakage at the wrong time. At the time I did find on the internet that other folks had had a similar experience. However, the overwhelming majority of users were delighted with the La Cloche. Since my technique with these products is consistent, I think my experience was simply bad luck. No stoneware or clay product is going to be as durable as metal/cast iron. I have used cast iron. Clay and stoneware produce better crusts in my opinion. I think it is definitely worth the home baker’s while to use one of these products and I will probably give the La Cloche another go.

  3. 5 out of 5


    Another brilliant baker – I have this plus the round one and both have never disappointed. My oven is small so I can’t get both in at the same time but by manipulating the rising temperature I can bake one after the other.

  4. 4 out of 5


    Does the job – I purchased this oblong La Cloche to complement my round one after reading that they both fit in the oven at the same time. True and both make fantastic bread!!! My only difficulty with the oblong is transferring dough from an oblong brotform – it wants to fall on the side but I think this is user error, not an intrinsic problem with the clay baker. Truly, bread is elevated when baked in these bakers so do yourself a favor and buy one or two!

  5. 5 out of 5


    Fantastic – I purchased from Breadtopia (best price) 6+ months ago and love it. I bake several loafs of sourdough each week. The recipe I use is NOT a KN recipe but a recipe of starter, water, salt and flour. It is kneaded and put into baker to rise and then bake. The loaf is big, beautiful and a crackling crust. Pure perfection!

  6. 5 out of 5


    I have used all shapes and sizes of vessels to bake my breads… and of course, not as happy as I
    was after the first time I used the LaCloche I purchased from Breadtopia. Even got a friend to buy
    one. The bread bakes perfectly and looks better than any grocery store bakery bread!

  7. 5 out of 5


    wow! I love it – Been using the oblong baker for six weeks -every week-. Never had such great results in 40 years of bread baking. Have used the Jim Lahey formula as well as the Peter Reinhart method. Probably will never buy another loaf of bread at the store or bakery. Mine is so much better. I’d love it if La Cloche came in a shorter and deeper version to make a loaf for sandwich slices. But it’s not a big deal. It just works!!!!!!

  8. 5 out of 5


    Love it – Just baked my first loaf in the La Cloche – unbelievable. The bread had risen beautifully with a lovely crust. Can’t wait to try my T65 French Flour in this.

  9. 5 out of 5


    A must if you like bread – I own both the round la cloche and the oblong la cloche. They make the most incredible bread. Don’t hesitate to buy both. I like the fact that they both fit in the oven together so I can bake two loaves at the same time. Great for having company over as people couldn’t stop eating the yummy bread. Again, excellent packaging and fast shipping. Thanks, Eric.

  10. 5 out of 5


    Buy this! Outstanding. No need to even season the pan. I immediately tried Cooks Illustrated’s Almost No-knead Bread. I always wanted to make this bread in an oblong shape instead of the circle shape of my enameled cast iron Dutch Oven. In the La Cloche baker I got my beautiful long loaf. It rose magnificently (better than in my cast iron pot) and the crust was perfect: toasty brown, shattering deliciously in the mouth, and so much of it! I think this is the best country loaf I’ve baked in my life, and I’ve been at it for forty years.

    I suppose the way the clay cloche concentrates the heat is the secret. I did not think it was possible to get these results at home. Next: sourdough. I can’t wait.

  11. 5 out of 5


    Perfect – I have been looking for a new ‘dutch oven’ style baker for no-knead bread and the the Oblong baker perfect for this type of bread baking. Additionally, customer service is outstanding. I had to place my order over the phone and Eric was friendly and helpful.

  12. 5 out of 5


    Buy it now! Works perfectly, buy it. See how trivial it is to make bread that is better than you can buy.

    I’m not kidding! I’ve been making bread for 30 years, and the crust, crumb etc were always good, but never perfect. Now my lame GE oven is working like a steam oven.

    Do NOT delay, buy this thing.

  13. 5 out of 5


    The perfect crust – The breads are SO crusty and so delicous! I have been baking bread for almost 40 years, and have never been able to produce a loaf as crusty as the breads that come out of this clay baker. A wonderful investment.

  14. 5 out of 5


    This thing is amazing. Nice crispy crust and soft crumb. You can bake all kinds of things in it besides bread too. Breadtopia also has excellent customer service. It arrived broken (bottom had a crack, top was in several pieces), but I was quickly sent a replacement after making a phone call.

  15. 5 out of 5


    The La Cloche works great! It makes it really easy to adjust the crispyness of the crust. No clean up required, just brush out any crumbs. It is a lot easier than free forming. You end up with a nice sized loaf for sandwiches.

  16. 5 out of 5


    I just recently purchased a “La Cloche Clay Baker – Oblong”. It is one of the best purchases I have made online. It has brought joy to my baking.

  17. 5 out of 5


    I make a NK dough and split it in two –half goes into the fridge for later. I use the baker to proof in and put it in the preheated oven cold. I bake a half loaf for 20 minutes covered and 10 uncovered. Wonderful bread.

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