What does Dutch oven mean?

What are the differences between a Dutch oven and a ceramic casserole?

First, in general:

The main distinction from The New Food Lover's Companion (4th edition, 2007) is that a "baking dish",

can be glass, metal, ceramic or any other heat-resistant material,

while a Dutch oven is

usually made of cast iron.

Another difference is that the Dutch stove can be a kettle, which typically implies the presence of an overarching handle on which the entire pot can be hung (like over a fire), while no such option is offered for the definition of a casserole .

This is generally confirmed by the fact that both we and the market (sellers) seem to use the terms casserole and Dutch oven often interchangeably, if the ship is equipped with an overarching handle. Retailers don't seem to call it casserole . More specifically, when you turn to high-end concerns serving restaurateurs like this, there is no confusion on the matter. Casseroles invariably have no overlapping handles and, unlike Dutch ovens, may be quite small and do not necessarily require lids. While Dutch ovens may or may not have spanning handles, they invariably have lids and are invariably large. The compiled photos side by side, which were extracted from the WebstaurantStore, show how strong the contrast between the two elements can be.

Second, on the question of tanning:

Here are a few examples that seem to speak for themselves of how good ceramics or ceramic coatings can be expected when baking bread.

Williams & Sonoma offers a cast iron loaf pan (photo below) that says:

The specially formulated black matte inner lacquer contains traces of quartz, which gives it additional heat resistance and a rougher surface, which leads to a better tan.

Williams & Sonoma also offers a bread cloche (photo below) for which the following claim is made:

The ceramic bread dome doubles the advantages of baking in a stone oven and produces individual loaves of bread with a tender, moist interior and crispy, evenly golden crusts.

I'm sure there are a number of additional examples of baking pans, each with properties similar to this one. (The links provide a lot more information.) However, I hope this is enough to get you into this option, so to speak, if you are interested.