I have done baking in it once with some success. JoeV posted a very learned article on baking bread in clay in which you heat both the top and bottom in the oven, then put in the raised liaf and cover it. Wish I could find it again. If you do, please let me know. We were just takling about it this morning.
You have inspired me to look up some recipes and try this baking dish out.I'm trying to remember what is in the freezer to cook. The only thing I can think of is some pork ribs. I am going to put the foil only on the end of the dish and use the lid .This is a whole new experience for me. And yes, Dave, I always know where to ask questions and get answers. Thanks
After soaking the clay, to prevent sticking I've painted the interior of the topf with melted solid shortening, then I've placed the bread dough in the greased topf for the final rise. Baking usually runs about 1 hour covered at 375F. I'll look for JV's post.