So I was pretty sure I'd like the bread baking set from Mason Cash. It includes a large bowl that's used for mixing and rising, and a lid for the bowl that doubles as a baking stone. So it's two pieces with three uses.
Or, depending on how you use the bowl, it might have other functions. Like, you can use it for mixing the dough, then use the bowl to let the bread rise, then shape the dough and put in on the lid for the final rise while the upside-down bowl functions as a lid,
Yes, it's a bowl and a lid, too.
It's also a really nice bowl for other things, like fruit or for serving large quantities of mashed potatoes.
I took it for a test drive with bread (of course) after seasoning the lid/baking stone piece according to the instructions. The bowl doesn't need seasoning, since it's completely glazed. But the lid does need seasoning because it's unglazed clay. I also used cornmeal under the bread to keep it from sticking.
The result? I kind of love this! It's big enough for a big lump of dough, and the fact that the lid doubles as the baking stone makes it even more useful
Speaking of that lid - it's the perfect size for pizza.
Who's it for: People who love baking bread or who have other uses for a large bowl plus a baking stone.
Pros: It works just like it's supposed to, and it looks attractive.
Cons: It's a bit pricey, but good baking stones aren't cheap. Plus you get a bowl.
Wishes: I wish there were little handles on the bowl to make it easier to move when it's upside down on the baking stone lid. But that's a small wish. I was able to lift it, but the handles would just make it easier.
Source: I received this from the manufacturer for the purpose of a review.
Note: I was so anxious to test this, I just threw together a loaf of bread and didn't measure or time it well enough to write up a recipe. I'll do that later, I promise!