The Bakes

Dutch Oven Loaf

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Introducing my alternative bread oven.

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Inside the enamel pot, I have placed a metal cookie cutter, on top of which sits a cake tin ready to receive the prepared dough.

A little water initially lies at the base of the pot, and after preheating with the lid on, the loaf cooks for about 40 minutes in the enclosed sauna.

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A soft crust, although a crust none the less, is formed with minimal browning.

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The steam-nurtured loaf is well risen, and the crumb has an open texture.

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Here’s a loaf that cuts beautifully, and makes great toast.

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Winston Knot Loaf

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Who says a plain white loaf has to be a pain white loaf?

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A so simple list of ingredients (strong white flour, salt, rapid-rise yeast, olive oil and water), but a not-so-simple fashioning. After a bit of practice though, my knotting technique seems to be coming on quite well.

And because I wanted a nice well defined crust to really show off the form, I added some steam to the oven during the bake.

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