Introduction: Clay Flowerpot Bread/ Camping Bread

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Been on one of those camping trips where mum wouldn't lend you a pan because it would get burnt and charred after cooking in the open fires? Well this a a simple flowerpot bread you can use to cook on open fires giving the bread a great BBQ flavor.

Things you will need:

a small clay Flowerpot,

some oil

aluminium foil

bread dough....a readymade bread mix, or with added in herbs or any bread dough you like.

I used white flour, yeast and a tad salt.

If you have made the dough let the dough rise for 2-4 hrs.

Step 1: Preparing the Pot.

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wash the pot with water.

In a few minutes when it is dry apply a generous layer of oil on the whole inner surface of the pot.This oil will be absorbed immediately. Apply second coat.

The base of the pot has a hole!!!! place a small bit of tin foil on it.Coat this foil with oil too.

Step 2:

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The base of the pot has a hole!!!! place a small bit of tin foil on it.Coat this foil with oil too.

Step 3:

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drop in the fluffed up dough. Make sure that it doesn't cross the bottom 1/3 of the pot.

Gently brush the dough surface with oil.

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take a sheet of la foil and cover the the top -not flat but slightly dome shaped, leaving room for the risen bread-top.

Step 5: Baking

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Pack this prepared pot and off to the fire. Place the pot onto the hot coals- be it in the camping fire or the BBQ grill at home doesn't make a difference. You can simultaneously place the grill and grill the meat or whatever.

in around 20 minutes( depending on the heat produced you will start smelling the baked bread. the bread is ready now

Step 6: Treating Yourself!

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get the hot flowerpot out of the coal using tongs.

wait for it to cool a bit. Pull off the foil.

The bread has a nice hard crust formed.

Wait for it to completely cool. If you are impatient and pul out the bread now it will stick to the pot , however if you show patience it will leave the edges on its own.

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The fluffy and tasty bread is now ready to be eaten.

Bon Appetite!


LDM1 (author)2017-09-30

This is a novel idea to baking bread in the wild but, to be on the safe side whether the clay pot is new or used, I'd be inclined to line it with aluminum foil or parchment paper. I'll have to try this and become a " Bloomin' Bread Head "

Bon Appetito to all you DIY'ers.......Shalom !

JohnD42 (author)2016-07-03

White lead, a powder when it is purchased for ceramics, is used to create a very shiny glaze. It has no color of its own, when fired. Now, clay pots, unless something extraordinary has occurred, such as the below-mentioned disposal of toxic waste, is toxin-free. It is simply ordinary sedimentary rock that has been decomposed by the action of water. In sandy areas, it is decomposed sand, or silica. Particle size is what separates clay from the rock, sand or subsoil that contains it. It is usually washed out of the material that it exists in. This is a simple but ugly process using hoses, pressurized water and settling ponds. Firing clay pots, which brings them up to about 1200 degrees Fahr, will also destroy "contaminants" of some sorts.

Lisa7503 (author)2016-06-03

"Bon appétit"...

BG_instructs (author)2015-06-05

Stupid, but great.

Great way to recuperate some of the heat that gets lost after i finished cooking all the meat on the bBBQ, always used brickets, they continue to give off heat hours after i have finished, lets see, its sunny today, yep, this evening, BBQ potbread.

Thanks, voted

You want to "recuperate" heat, but this simple bread baking method is stupid. Hmmm.

Jobar007 (author)BG_instructs2015-06-05

If it's great, is it really stupid? ;)

BG_instructs (author)Jobar0072015-06-08

HAHA, no that is ironic, just emphasises how great this is.

jrobertsharp (author)2016-04-28

I once ate bread cooked by Bedouins in Southern Tunisia that was buried directly in the coals--no dutch oven, no leaves, no flower pot. It was fantastic. I found a reference to the same thing in Jordan: to quote Ben F: Has anyone done this before? I had the opportunity to live with Bedouins in Jordan when I studied abroad, and they would make the most amazing bread of water, flour, and salt, and there must have been some kind of leavening in there that I missed. They'd bury the disk-shaped dough in the campfire coals, and then when it was done they'd just thwack all the ash off with a stick–it was amazing. I'd love to recreate it. I've done some looking in Arabic, asked around a bit on bread forums, but has anyone done anything like this before? I could just pack in pre-mixed flour/salt packets, maybe some yeast or sourdough starter, and then add water, bake.

Apparently this type of bread shows up in other cultures as well. Take a look at this video - Cooking Bread in Campfire Ashes:

bengodwin (author)2016-04-28

How do you keep the dough from crossing the bottom third of the pot???

Lavoz24 (author)bengodwin2016-04-28

? ? ?? ?

jbryant1962 (author)2016-04-28

I just use the smaller of yhe 2 cast iron Dutch ovens i carry when camping.

ProfTom (author)2016-04-28

Hiking with a clay flowerpot, or several? Pretty heavy....nah.

headache (author)2016-04-28

This is a great idea. I have some really small terra cotta pots that would be great to make camp cupcakes. Thanks for the great instructable.

The Mighty El Rondo (author)2015-06-06

I wouldn't use any terra cotta pots that weren't glazed on the inside, honestly, it's not safe because of contaminants. Additionally, the glazed ones won't stick to the bread, which makes it easier to remove. Also, use something other than aluminum foil, because aluminum is just as bad for you as lead is (which lead could possibly be in the unglazed terra cotta clay in the pot). If done properly, you don't even need to put any covering on the pot either. It's actually a better idea to use a more-enclosed fire pit, surrounded by a tall ring of blocks (like the curved pavers, for instance), to keep the heat more perfectly around the pot. This also ensure a more even heat, takes less time to bake, and wastes less resources.

Aluminum is not particularly bad for you, not sure why you claim it is anything like lead.

Aluminum oxide is a very stable oxide and relatively inert. You may be thinking of the danger of aluminum oxide in acidic solutions. I don't know as much about that, it might be an issue.

I think you're right - a glazed pot would be much better. I would however be fine with lining the pot with aluminum foil

El Rondo: If you're so worried about contaminants, stop cooking out of doors, and continue eating bread from Wal-Mart.

C-B (author)2015-09-08

What size pot did you use? From the photo of the bread in your hand it looks about 6 inches. i'd be worried it would cook too fast in a smaller pot. what size would you recommend?

LolitaS (author)2015-06-13

I am European and what we do is take Idaho like potatoes and cover them with hot coal. Preferably amber red. Like hiding them in the sand. Straight up. No foil or anything. I wanna say for like 20 mins. May take more or less. The potato crusts up from outside but is beautifully cooked inside. When you cut into it. Two things. Salt and butter. Taste is amazing. Try it. You'll love it!

CJStephens (author)2015-06-05

Thats got to be one of the most creative ways to bake bread! what about the clay putting off toxins when baking though?

spark master (author)CJStephens2015-06-12

terra cotta pots IN GENERAL, have no contaminants (unless maybe mexican/asian ones, hint hint). GLAZES , however, can have lead salts added, buy a lead testing kit to be sure, I will be testing mine before I use them, now I need to find a place that sells the kit!

Sunglowart (author)CJStephens2015-06-06


Kiteman (author)2015-06-06

Oh, I'm going to mention this to my fellow Cub leaders - ideal to make in the ashes of the fire we are planning on roasting a pig over!

spark master (author)Kiteman2015-06-12

The scout troop my kid was in did (gulp) full sized turkys in pots and garbage pails, they come out perfect virtually all the time.

Bread up the bread into balls roll in oil and drop into pot to make a bread that tears apart. roll them in fresh herbs like thyme or rosemary and rehydrated dried onion flakes and garlic bits and then pot them for a mock foccaccio. (use olive oil not butter, As dessert it is called Monkey bread, a term I detest.

try it you'l like it!

caitlinsdad (author)2015-06-04

As with any cooking utensil, make sure you use an unglazed pot to reduce any chance of chemicals leaching through, although you can never be sure of what the clay it is made of.

can you just line the inside of the pot with a big piece of aluminum foil?

You could probably do that but it's the open pore crockery that absorbs some of the moisture while baking and develops the crust and flavor. I think the dough on the sides would stick to the foil even if oiled. This is rustic style cooking so even a foil pan would not give it its character.

spark master (author)caitlinsdad2015-06-12

Then use an unprinted brown bag smeared with fat of some kind, it will allow water/steam movement and better browning. If you are like me , a fancy pants type bread maker, then use parchment paper, put dabs of butter on the inside of the cold pot so the paper stays in place, think....really really big cup cake.

Sunglowart (author)caitlinsdad2015-06-04

Thanks for the reminder.... Forgot to mention unglazed pot

Computothought (author)2015-06-07

Make sure that there is no lead in or on those pots.

lynmiller (author)2015-06-07

Really neat!

DanT4 (author)2015-06-05

I would be really concerned about lead in the clay.

Sempol (author)DanT42015-06-07

Until you are not going to eat the pot, I wouldnt concern.

Sunglowart (author)Sempol2015-06-07

Sempol, this a super witty reply..... Loved it????

Sunglowart (author)DanT42015-06-06

Lead is mainly in the glazing of earthenware. Use. Unglazed pots for cooking puposes. If still uncertain home lead- testing kits are available at the hardware store.

Bubbler (author)Sunglowart2015-06-06

Okay, thanks for that. I was under the impression that it was mixed into the clay in order to dispose of the nasty stuff. However, your explanation seems to be more feasable.

Bubbler (author)DanT42015-06-05

I am as well. Some of the cheaper pots from Asia have been known to contain lots of lead in them.

Sunglowart (author)Bubbler2015-06-06

Yes the pots imported from mexico do contain lead, those are the glazed ones. The clazing contains heavy metals like lead and aluminium.

spark master (author)2015-06-05

ok ok I have finished drooling. I am going to Home Desot, or another big boxer anyway so I will look for nice pots.....I got wood I need to burn.

I hope most of us here realize this is same as coking in a dutch oven...right. Dutch ovens were fine cast pots with lids, the English added 3 legs to it and walla our modern day dutch oven was born. It was the quality of the smooth cast inner walls that made them work so well.

This is a nice varient and lighter and I can start my termaters in them if I want, then scrub a dub dub and walla coffee can breads!

sorry I am fixated on yummy food and all techniques to make them!

Sunglowart (author)spark master2015-06-06

Looking forward to seeing those coffee breads

bd5 (author)2015-06-04

When are you going camping next? I demand to go with you! =)

Sunglowart (author)bd52015-06-04

Hee hee is that a threat;)

bd5 (author)Sunglowart2015-06-04

It's a cheap ploy to get yummy looking bread!

Sunglowart (author)bd52015-06-04

Will send you a camping invitation soon.... Pack your rucksack?

bd5 (author)Sunglowart2015-06-05

Complete with giant Marshmallows! =D

Sunglowart (author)bd52015-06-06

Giant marshmallows!!!! Yummmmm

gdsmit1 (author)2015-06-04

Very nice. I'll give this a try next trip. I'm surprised that the bottom didn't burn with it sitting on the coals. But I guess the foil layer and the heat dissipating through the rest of the flower pot takes care of that.

Sunglowart (author)gdsmit12015-06-04

Sure, yes must hv been aclay miracle... I expected the same. The bottom was stuck to the foil though.

spark master (author)Sunglowart2015-06-05

Between the foil and the dough place an oiled/buttered disk of unprinted brown paper bag, or flattened cup cake paper etc, then put dough over that in oiled pot.... no sticum. mmmm Brown paper w/o printing is safe enough and the butter/oil is for release issues. I tried coffee filters in a 3 stone alkystove baking set up, no go...sad they were perfect size. Real parchment paper work best, but I am an elcheapo tightwad. This is what I had. Waxed paper works as well, (buttered is better here. Perhaps the coffee filters smeared with crisco works , maybe one day I revisit that concept. Eggs and butter do not go rancid if they are under 80 degrees, so you could make up a few rounds smear them, and pack them with the appropriate pots on trips.

This kind of cooking is great for a base camp set up or if you canoe w/o portage, (carrying canoe and all the stuff over a land mass to get to the next stream/pond/lake)

I truly dislike open firepits the smoke kills my eyes, (actual problem in places where cow poo is main heat source for cooking), but I may need to try this out. I have from time to time lined my gas grill with firebrick and you can make a really nice 2 crusted fruit pie in it. With all my pizza making I have never done on on the grill. That is what I will try sooner then the flower pots, although my wife loves the freaking thing!

great instructable, simple clear and very very doable. Kids are gunna love this. If you do a cupcake paper inside a small one (home made so you get the right size for your pot) you can make muffins, as in cake. try an apple slice (disk) as the bottom then use butter to "glue " verticle slices to the walls then sprinkle a topper, ( amix of chopped nuts brown sugar flour, melted butter and cinnamon and scrapes of nutmeg), pour in batter. You have made an apple upside down cake. serve in a cup if the top is not flat enough for a plate.

mmm ahhh fattening , so very fattening, so make sure you hike an extra half hour, uphill again the wind, on a cold day...oh wait, that was going to Catholic school when I was a kid!


spark master (author)Sunglowart2015-06-04

truly miraculous, no soot on the final pot after baking!!! chcukle

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