Making Dutch Oven Bread is easier than you think, follow along as I detail this valuable self sufficiency and preparedness skill.
Dutch Oven Bread
I used my basic bread recipe for this one. I followed all the directions just as if I was making bread in a standard oven. Where I deviated is when the bread began it’s second rising I began to pre-heat my Camp Chef 12-Quart Dutch Oven.
- 3 1/4 C. King Arthur Unbleached Bread Flour
- 1 Packet Active Dry Yeast
- 1 tsp. Kosher Salt
- 1 1/2 C. Warm Water
Directions For Making The Dough
- Combine all the ingredients and mix or knead into a soft dough
- Place into a greased metal bowl and let it rise for an hour, somewhere warm.
- After the rise punch it down a bit and form it into a ball. I like the “tuck it under” method to form a circular loaf. I just pull the dough from the center while tucking it under itself with my fingers.
- Cover the dough ball with a greased piece of plastic wrap.
- Start pre-heating the Dutch Oven.
- After a 30 minute give the dough ball a few slashes with a sharp knife and put it into the Dutch Oven.
Off To The Dutch Oven
I used my handy dandy charcoal chimney to get the coals going. I initially put 50 coals into the Charcoal Lighter Chimney as I wanted to keep a few in reserve to start a fresh batch. I started out with 14 coals under the Dutch Oven and 25 on the lid. I had pre oiled the Dutch Oven with a about 1/2 Tbs of olive oil. The raw dough went into the Dutch Oven on a piece of parchment paper.
*** Since my initial attempts at Dutch Oven Bread, I’ve found that pre-heating the oven is THE most important part! Learn from my mistakes! ***
Keeping An Eye On It
I rotated the DO and the lid a 1/4 turn every 15 minutes. I checked the status of the coals and each time I turned the DO and lid.I added as needed. I had to put coals into the chimney a few times during the baking process. It took a bit longer than I anticipated, my regular bread baking takes about 35 minutes in a standard oven but in the DO it took the better part of 90 minutes. I may have to start adding more coals initially to get the temperature up a bit.
I popped the bread out when it hit 200 degrees as measured with a thermometer.
The YouTube Video
Here is a video I shot while baking my bread. Check it out and let me know what you think.
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