Crusty Cloche Bread with Maize flour


I have been trying to bake with different flours for sometime now. Not all experiments are successful but each is definitely a learning experience. I found some maize flour in my local supermarket quite suddenly one day. I knew that I should grab it before it disappears again and I did. I was not quite sure as to what I should make with it but I picked it up anyway. Even if I don’t get great breads with these different flours, I know I can always use them up to make dosai or rotis and so they won’t be wasted.


Ever since I discovered crackling crusts can be made by covering the dough while baking, I have been to heaven. I love the crackling sound when I cut into the loaf and the texture it gives the crust. So when I chanced upon this recipe which has baking with a cloche and uses maize flour, it simply had to be done. Another interesting part of the recipe is that it needs no preheating and is baked in a cold oven. The only issue I faced was that the dough was too small and cloche too big and so it did not rise as much as I thought it would but nevertheless it was a delicious bread, more so when toasted with olive oil.


Recipe adapted from here

Makes 1 medium loaf


200 gms All purpose flour

65 gms Maize flour

175 gms Warm water

1 tsp Instant yeast

3/4 tsp Salt

1 tbsp Olive oil

2 tsp garlic / onion powder / mixed dried herbs (optional)



  • Mix all the ingredients to form a dough
  • Let it rise till double in volume
  • Shape the dough like a ball
  • Transfer to a baking tray and cover it with a cloche / any large oven safe bowl
  • Let it rise for 45 minutes or nearly double in volume
  • Sprinkle the dough with some flour and slash the top
  • Place the baking tray with the cloche covered in the cold oven
  • Bake covered for 30 minutes
  • Remove the cloche and bake uncovered for 10 minutes
  • Take it out of the oven and let cool completely on a wire rack
  • Enjoy!


This is part of the Bake-a-thon 2017


9 Comments Add yours

  1. Srivalli Jetti says:

    Wow this is a beautiful bread Sowmya, especially with corn flour that’s amazing..

  2. Super bread ! It’s about time we plan a meet Sowmya , we need to learn breads and we know you are our bread guru !

  3. Priya Suresh says:

    Yea we learn everytime when we bake a bread at home, and this cloche bread will definitely please my tastebuds when served along with some salted butter.

  4. I have never tried maize flour… in fact have seen them, but never picked them up since I didn’t want to be stressed about using them… hehe… the light yellow color of the loaf is so pretty!

  5. Ritu Tangri says:

    I can eat maize flour chapati three times a meal. This is my obsession with maize flour. I must love this cloche bread. Bookmarked

  6. Pavani says:

    Very interesting bread with maize flour. Looks great.

  7. Sapana Behl says:

    Maize flour must have given the cake a very unique texture and taste.

  8. love the gorgeous color and I love the flavor of cornmeal in baked goods

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