This oval Le Creuset Doufeu cocotte is made from solid cast iron. The pan has a diameter of 32 cm and a capacity of 7.2 litres. It is a robust, top-quality pan that will last for generations. There are so many things you can do with this cast iron pan. You can cook, fry, grill and stew on all kinds of cooking hobs. It can bake in the oven, over an open flame or even in a wood-fired oven.
How the Le Creuset Doufeu cocotte works
This Le Creuset cocotte is a variant of the Dutch oven. This is because of the special, highly convenient lid. The lid has a raised rim, so you can put liquid or ice cubes on the lid. This will cause condensation to form in the pan. There are small nubs under the lid that ensure that drops of water drip evenly onto the dish during this condensation. This will constantly moisten the dish and keep the meat very tender. And, by using this cooking method, very little moisture is required to prepare the dish.
Le Creuset cast iron cocottes
Le Creuset Fonte cocottes are cast in cast iron. A sand mould is made for each individual pan. This mould is filled with cast iron. The cast iron is then finished with a beautiful enamel non-stick coating, and the exterior features one of the characteristic Le Creuset colours. The result is a brilliant, heavy pan. A real style icon, which will last for generations. Because an individual mould is made each time, every pan is unique, so there may be subtle differences between them. This is one of the charming characteristics of these world-famous pans.
Le Creuset recommends using silicone spatulas in this pan. You could also use wooden spatulas, but metal spatulas are out of the question.
Clean the pan before use and dry it properly. Always choose a heat source that is the appropriate size for the base diameter of the pan. When using a gas hob, make sure that the flames cannot spread around the sides of the pan. The flames should only hit the base. Also, do not immediately place the hot dish under a cold tap, as this could damage it. Make sure it has enough time to cool down. This pan is dishwasher-safe. However, please note that with frequent use, this could affect the enamel finish.
History of Le Creuset pans
The foundations for Le Creuset's success were laid way back in 1924 at the Brussels Stock Exchange. Armand Desaegher (specialist in cast iron) and Octave Aubecq (specialist in enamel) joined forces and decided to establish a company. This turned out to be a winning combination. Ever since 1925, they have been conquering the world with their enamel Le Creuset pans.
Le Creuset has continued to innovate throughout the years. Time and time again, they returned to the drawing board to develop new designs, models and colours. This urge to innovate is the reason that today, over 90 years later, these iconic pans are still the best in the world. Unparalleled production quality and trendsetting designs and colours have turned Le Creuset into an icon.