Baking bread in the Dutch Oven

Here’s something I’ve not done for some time. Baking bread. It’s a terrible rainy sunday here now, and I’m bored. Bored onto the point that I’m going to cook. Not that I have to be bored to do so, but it does help me get my mind of things.

For the bread dough I’ve used the following.

  • 500 grams of flower
  • 350 ml of handwarm milk
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 1 bag of dried yeast.

I’ve abused my little kitchen appliance to do some first mixing of the dough. All dried ingredients are in there and I’ve mixed them up pretty well.

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After this, I’ve continued by hand, adding some more flower to make it less sticky until the substance was just right.

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I’ve let it stand for 20 minutes and gave it a new good run-through. It ended up fine and I’ve cut it up into smaller pieces and made balls of it. Now place them in the DO and let it go for about an hour or 1,5. Meanwhile don’t forget to lite some coals, of course ;-).

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IMG_3118After some time (in my case about 60 minutes, but that’s due to rain here and some missing heat), I’ve added about 7 coals under the DO and some 15 on top. Let it go and don’t look, cause the most important rule is still; “If you’re looking, you ain’t cooking”.

 

Finalized product is gorgeous and great to taste! Now let’s add some meat to this bread!

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8 thoughts on “Baking bread in the Dutch Oven”

  1. This is giving me some ideas to try. Bread making, both with yeast and with sourdough starter, is one of my hobbies.

    What size DO are you using?

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    1. I’m using a 9QT for this. Might have done with a 6, but I only have a 9. Worked good. I would advise to put 1 less coal under the DO due to a harder crust on the bottom of the bread. Just a thought.

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  2. I was gifted several stove top and several camp (with legs) dutch ovens..5, 7, 12 and a MONSTER (probably 25-30cm across and 20cm deep)

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  3. Cool. You just lack the 9, which is just what I used. Either make a huge bread of a smaller batch then, I guess, haha! I love the thing. It’s so versatile! From stews, pastry, bread, pulled pork even! Great thing!
    (although nothing beats the PP from the smoker, needless to say, I guess).

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