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Yesterday I experimented with baking bread outside. My oven's heating element went out so I have been without an oven for two weeks. My husband is a great "fixer" which means my old oven will be saved from the landfill. I am so thankful to be blessed with a man who not only saves me money but helps me "recycle". Although I'd love a shiny new stove, my outdated (70's yellow) one will keep on ticking because of my handy hubby.
I decided to experiment with my cooking methods. I put one loaf in my gas grill and I baked the other in a dutch oven in my fire pit. Of course I read that more coals should be on the top of the dutch oven than the bottom but I didn't think that was quite right. (I've never been good about following directions.) So I burnt the bottom of my D.O. bread. Oh well, I cut off the bottom and the kids and I enjoyed it with homemade jam. I REALLY liked this bread recipe which came from "Log Cabin Dutch Oven".
Heat until butter is melted:
3 cups water
1/2 cup of sugar (I used 1/4 c. honey instead)
1/2 cup of butter (I used coconut oil)
2 t. salt
Stir and cool to 115 degrees.
Add 4 t. yeast
Let fester for 10-15 minutes.
Add 9 1/2 cups flour (I used whole wheat)
Knead. Put in greased bowl to rise for 1 1/2 hours. Punch down and kneed. Split in two. Knead and shape. Bake for 30 - 45 minutes.
Now I need to wake The Boy. We are off to a craft sale, Gander Mountain for camping supplies for The Boy (he leaves for Scout camp tomorrow), pick up a license for The Boy's kayak, Father's Day shopping and pick up a few groceries for our Father's Day dinner (I may just make something in the Dutch Oven)!
Have a lovely weekend of LIVING!