DUTCH OVEN BREAD a.k.a. EZ BREAD
written by @JuliaRecipes
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WHY EZ BREAD ? because it’s easy 🙂
Hello to all amateur bread makers and bread lovers! Yes, this recipe is for you and all those who loves or would like to make homemade bread in a blink of an eye. For those, who doesn’t want to wait for the starters (homemade yeast culture) to be ready for sourdough making, which can take up to 2 weeks, so yes this recipe is for you.
This homemade bread will take less than 4 hours to prepare, including baking and you will be munching on your homemade bread in no time. Does this sound good to you? So let’s do this.
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Believe me, this is easy or the easiest bread ever. It is also often called no knead bread. Yes no kneading whatsoever, just a few caresses to the dough, mostly to shape the bread in a nice ball. I have been trying many recipes and the dough for this one is literally the easiest ever. No starters, no kneading, just water, some yeast, flour and salt 🙂
In this recipe, we will be baking the bread in the Dutch oven; what is Dutch oven? You must have heard this name already at least once. Dutch oven, is any large cast iron heavy pot, often covered with enamel, which you can use on the stove top and or in the oven. It is mostly for making soups and stews.
Most popular brands are Creuset, Lodge or Staub . So now when you know what Dutch oven is, I can tell you that you don’t need to run to the store to get your own Dutch oven, to make this bread recipe happen. (Even though Dutch is the ideal, but not necessary).
You can use different type of pot; such as aluminum/stainless steel roasting pot with cover (the one for making turkey, everybody must have one, but it has to be with the cover!!!) or tempered glass-oven proof dish with cover (round or oval).
Actually, everything what goes into the oven and is having a lid and is oven proof until the temperature of 230C/450F is acceptable. So if you have a large skillet with lid, you can make the bread in the skillet 😉
Parchment paper, don’t forget to have one on hand; actually you might bake the bread without it, but then bread will stick and good luck with the cleaning. And if you spray the Dutch ovenwith oil, your oil will burn and leave dark residue on your pot. So from my own experience I suggest you to use parchment paper!
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RISE THE DOUGH ?
This bread is done fairly fast, you have only 3 hours waiting time for dough to rise, then extra 30 minutes after little kneading (caressing) and last 30 to 45 minutes of baking. Total of approx. 4 & 1/2 hour, including the preparations.
If you want to serve yourself fresh bread in the morning, you don’t have to wake up at 3 AM to have fresh bread by 7 AM. Simply get the bread dough ready the night before and instead of warm water, you use cold water. Cold water will slow the process of yeasts to rise and the dough will take more time to rise. Leave the dough rest on the kitchen counter, top covered with plastic food wrap. You can leave the dough resting for up to 12 hours, or more.
Last advice, measure the temperature of the water with food thermometer, because if you add boiling water, which happened to me first time making this bread, the mixture becomes crumbly and lumpy, the dough will be way too sticky and not possible to work with. Plus you will kill the yeast. Yeast likes warm water, not boiling water.
Cooler water is ok, but it will slow the process of rising. Make sure the temperature is exactly as written in the recipe below. But if you do not mind letting your dough rise overnight, then cold water would be alright. You can let rise the dough up to 12 hours, then it starts to ferment and it will become a starter for sourdough.
For the measurement of the yeast doesn’t need to be precise as the water temperature, at this point the dough is very forgiving, if you would add little more of instant yeast. If you allow the dough rise for more the 3 hours, which is the minimum, the dough will have time to process the gluten and more bubbles will be created. Your dough will be fluffier and will have plenty of little holes.
You can add to a bread dough some seeds, such as sesame seeds, cumin or carvi seeds are great as well, sunflower seeds. You may completely change the recipe with adding some sugar and adding raisins to the dough, this will make sweet bread. I once added chocolate chips, and it was so yummy 😋 . There are endless varieties, that you can try with this dutch oven ez bread. I even have video on YouTube, where I can guide you step by step, how to make this ez bread. In my video I am using half of all ingredients, because at that time my Dutch oven was pretty small 😋
DUTCH OVEN BREAD a.k.a. EZ BREAD
Preparation time: 3-4 hours⭐cooking time: 35-45 minutes⭐ servings: 1 loaf 10″
- 6 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp dry instant yeast
- 2 tsp salt
- 3 cup 1/3 warm water (130F/55C) precisely
- 1tsp carvi seeds (optional)
- Combine flour, yeast, carvi seeds (optional) and salt in a large bowl. Stir in water until it’s well combined.
- Cover with plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature for 3 hours.
- Transfer the dough to a floured surface (approx. 3 tbs) and sprinkle dough with a flour (1 tbs). Fold dough with your hands or with bread scraper over for about 10 times & shape into ball.
- Place in a parchment paper-lined bowl and cover with a towel. Let stand on counter top for about 35 minutes to prove it.
- In a meanwhile place dutch oven with lid in a cold oven and preheat to 450 °F (ca. 232 °C). My oven takes 35 minutes to reach 450° F.
- When oven reaches 450 °F (ca. 232 °C) carefully, using oven gloves, lift the parchment paper and dough from the bowl and place gently into the hot pot. (parchment paper goes in the pot too) Cover and bake for 40 minutes.
- After 40 minutes, remove lid and parchment paper. Return, uncovered, to oven and bake 10 – 15 more minutes, or until desired brown colour is achieved, but don’t burn it!:-)
So now, tell me how good is this bread! I would love to hear from you, how the baking went and how it is looking! You can follow me on Instagram @juliarecipes, where you can tag me in your post and I will feature your creation in my stories!!!
Until the next time enjoy your bread !🍞
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