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Bread in a Pot!

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When you think of "One Pot Meals", you most likely think of chili, stew, or some old-fashioned Crock-Pot recipe.

However, I've found that a single lidded pot is the BEST way to bake bread! The finished bread is a rustic, round artisan loaf.

Follow along as I show how I now bake bread - in a pot!



*This recipe is loosely based on several "no-knead" bread recipes that have been popular in the past few years in newspaper magazines and blogs.

(If you are interested in other "out-of-the-box" baking methods, check out my CROCK-POT BREAD technique!)




Here's a taste-test and review by somebody who tried one of the loaves baked with these directions.



 
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Step 1: Tools & Ingredients

Picture of Tools & Ingredients
The secret to this baking technique is a good pot.

I'm using a Lodge brand cast iron "dutch oven" enameled pot. Lodge is more affordable than something like a Le Creuset. The only thing that I don't like about it is that it comes with a plastic knob for the lid. When I ordered my Lodge cast iron, I also ordered a Le Creuset brand replacement knob. The Le Creuset knob is metal, looks nicer, and is oven safe to a higher temperature than the plastic Lodge knob. Swapping out knobs only requires a screw-driver and can be done in about 30 seconds.

The heavy cast iron absorbs the heat of the oven, and moderates it. Most home ovens DON'T have an even temperature. They just sort of turn on and off to average to the right temperature. Cooking inside cast iron evens out the heat.

The tight-fitting heavy lid seals in the moisture, steaming the bread as it bakes, creating an AMAZING crust!

You could also use a camping-type black cast iron dutch oven, or a ceramic pot with lid, but the enameled cast iron is my favorite! As long as it's heavy and has a good lid, whichever pot you use should be fine.

You'll also need a mixing bowl, dry and wet measuring cups, measuring spoons, and a clean tea towel or cloth.

For the ingredients:
1/4 teaspoon Active Dry Yeast
1&1/2 teaspoons of Salt
1&1/2 cups warm water
3 cups flour (all-purpose, whole wheat, or a mix of both)
Well i have to say nice vid and recipe. just made this as you said, i was bit mmmm if it was going to be another dead instructable, as so many are wrong measurements. But this is a thumbs from me, the bread turned out just as i like it. THIS IS MY WAY OF MAKING BREAD FROM NOW ON. THANKS Top job and so simple and little clean up. And no time wasted waiting around brilllllllllllllllllllll. Thanks
chabias1 year ago
Yes...I think I will mix up some dough tonight and bake some bread in a pot tomorrow! This looks delicious!
I've been curious about no-knead breads, especially those baked in a dutch oven. Hopefully not a redundant Q, but have you tried this recipe with a crock pot?
bennelson (author)  garnishrecipes2 years ago
No, I haven't yet, but sounds like a good experiment!

My sister loves crockpots. She tried a chocolate cake in a crock pot a while back which did NOT turn out.....

I think bread is more likely to work. If nothing else, it sure would smell good!
bennelson (author)  bennelson2 years ago
I did some experimenting...
I now CAN make bread in a Crock-Pot!
Read about it right here on Instructables!
http://www.instructables.com/id/Crock-Pot-Bread/
Just came across an article on The Kitchn with a good answer for those without a Dutch Oven. The writers don't mention crock pots as an alternative, but they do list casserole dishes with lids, glass serving pots with lids, and metal pots with lids. Also, just plain ol' tin foil over a pot.

However, they do note that the taste is superior with no-knead bread made in a dutch oven. :)

http://www.thekitchn.com/noknead-bread-alternative-to-d-42145

Judith7562 years ago
Loved your video, very well done!!! Love the easy recipe. My sister use to bake fresh bread but it seemed like such a production. This seems very easy, I might even be able to do it.
Thanks!!!
suayres2 years ago
Another way to transfer the bread is to place it on a sheet of parchment, which you can leave under the bread in the Dutch oven--it's easier than trying to transfer from the tea towel without tearing the dough. The parchment will get brown around the edges, but it's designed to handle around 550F, so, no worries about fires.--and it makes it easier to get the bread OUT, too. Also, Cook's Illustrated Magazine did a version of this bread, and they really ramped up the flavor with the addition of some dark beer--only about 1/4 cup. Oh, what to do with the rest of the bottle? You wouldn't want to waste it! Hmmmm. Well, I'm sure you can think of SOMEthing. Anyway, The bread is delicious, and very much a family favorite. Only trouble is, it only yields one loaf. I think I may just have to invest in a second Dutch oven....
bennelson (author)  suayres2 years ago
Dark beer! Always a good idea!
The Rambler2 years ago
Haha that's funny. We have a "less expensive" version of the le creuset as well. I never thought about ordering a metal knob for it but I'll have to look into that.
Chimex142 years ago
IDK if you have ever heard of this thing called a shooter's Sandwich ( http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/gallery/2010/apr/07/how-to-make-shooters-sandwich ), but is called for a crusty bread load. Do you think that recipe that you used in teh vid would be good for it?
Oh. Wow. That looks amazing.
bennelson (author)  Chimex142 years ago
WOW! I have got to try that! Yes, this loaf is crusty and round and I think it would work great for that sandwich recipe.

I haven't tried it yet, but this bread recipe should also work quite well for making a bread bowl. Might be best for something like an artichoke dip, where the bread that gets cut out would then be dipped back into whatever goes in the bowl.
Great!
I made teh bread
Tis Delicious
Me Gusta
I also made the Sandwich.
For it being my first try i guess it turned out well.
barbnelson2 years ago
I loved the Taste-Test and Review! Way to go!
abbie812 years ago
hmm, doesn't look that hard to make.I bet would be great for that shooters sandwich, I'm drooling already
GummiBear2 years ago
cool!
It looks not hard to make. I will try .
TekoMuto2 years ago
so can i come to your house to slice my loaves? :)
bennelson (author)  TekoMuto2 years ago
Drop in anytime!
A good sharp serrated knife works fine, but for "More Power!" the deli slicer really does a bang-up job, with consistent-width slices.
MaryT8M2 years ago
This looks awesome