Does anyone know if you can bake in a terra cotta flower pot. I want to make a mini flower pot and I thought the T.C. pot would be great.But is it safe to bake a food product in. Need to do for this weekend so Help
I tried it once. I took care to prepare the pot for baking, but the cake tasted like crap.
Try googling it, I did, and here's what I found.
I've done it a few times.
Obviously I used a brand new pot - and thoroughly washed it.
There was a hole in the bottom of the pot, so I firstly put a disc of foil at the bottom. I then completely lined the pot with baking parchment and another disc of baking parchment at the bottom of the pot.
It came out absolutely fine!
I used terra cotta pots a few years ago for baked Christmas puddings. Worked like a charm. I used shortening to grease them well, after a couple of uses the terra cotta had absorbed enough shortening I didn't need to use it anymore (I made 80 for a Christmas sale). I used the 6" ones and dropped a basket type coffee filter in the bottom, it stopped the pudding(cake-like) from sticking to the bottom and sealed off the hole but I had to take the pudding out of the pot while it was still hot and remove the filter or it stuck a bit when it was cold.
Terra cotta is fired at approx. 2167⁰F - 1165⁰C so impurities in the clay is burned off during the long firing time and high heat. If you're still paranoid about this look for the pots with the glazed insides.
I have done it as well and it turned out fine. Lined the pot and cooked at a lower than normal temp to make sure cake cooked all the way through