Yesterday I baked a round loaf of bread using a method I had never tried before. I made a sticky, "shaggy" dough, let it rise for 2 hours in a bowl, took the dough out after letting it rise, and carefully folded it over on itself several times before shaping it, using a pastry cutter, into a round loaf.
After a second rise for 30 to 45 minutes in a bowl, I set that round pâton (ball of dough) on a sheet of papier de cuisson (parchment paper) so I could lift it up and drop it, paper and all, into a pre-heated glazed terra cotta dish without burning myself. I put the lid on the dish and baked the bread in a 450ºF (230ºC) oven for 30 minutes. Here's the result in a short slideshow.
And it worked! I based this on a YouTube video, one of many that I'd found. Here's the video, which will show you how to make the dough, how to work with it and shape it, and then how to get it into a burning hot pot — or a dish like the one I used, which was a gift from CHM several years ago — for baking.
Tomorrow — we've already eaten most of yesterday's loaf — I think I'll make the same thing using whole wheat flour.