Dutch Oven Bread 101
You do need an oven-proof Dutch oven with an oven-proof lid to make this bread. Parchment paper will also make it easier to get the dough into the hot pan. Oh, yes. You need GOOD oven mitts! Really good ones. =^..^=
The photos show a recent baking of Cinnamon Raisin Dutch Oven Bread.
How to Make Dutch Oven Bread 101
- Stir the dry ingredients (flour, salt, yeast) together.
- Add the warm water (think: baby's bath water) and stir until moistened.
- Two hours before you want to bake your bread, put a sheet of parchment paper** on your counter and dump the bread dough onto it. It will be very wet and sticky, which is normal for this bread. Cover with cling wrap & the dish towel.
**If you don't have parchment paper, flour your counter, dump out the wet, sticky dough, then sprinkle a little more flour on the top before covering with cling wrap & the dish towel.
- Remove the pot & lid from the oven. Take the lid off the pan. (YES, it is VERY hot!)
If you used parchment paper, remove the dish towel and cling wrap, then just lift it up with the bread dough still on it & place it in the pan.
If you used a floured surface, dust your hands well with flour and form the sticky dough into a ball as well as you can. Lift it up and carefully put it into the bottom of the hot pan. Don't burn yourself!
With a pot holder, replace the lid and put the pan back into the hot oven.
- Remove the bread CAREFULLY from the hot pan and cool completely. You can just sit down to eat it with butter or fix it to go with Homemade Veggie Soup 101 or Bev's Stuffed Pepper Soup AKA Deconstructed SPs or Eileen's Irish Stew or even Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole . But I have to admit my favorite dish to eat with this hearty bread is not one of my own recipes but one I found on JustAPinch and make often. It's Beef in Guinness (Stout beer), which is beyond delicious and now a family favorite!
- Store loosely wrapped in parchment paper, if you don't want to lose the nice crust. If you like a softer crust, store in plastic.
- NOTE: There are many options for this bread if you check the internet. Cinnamon Raisin Bread is a family favorite. (1/2 cup of white sugar and 2-3 teaspoons of cinnamon with 3/4 cup of raisins) You can also use whole wheat flour for part of the flour. Some people love making Garlic Herb Bread. Whatever you try, most recipes simply have you adding the additional dry ingredients to the basic dry ingredients in Step 1. Have fun experimenting with this great, but easy, bread recipe! =^..^=