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Baking bread

By plantigrade on 2014.06.12 In Bread baking Cooking

I’ve been experimenting a bit with baking bread on hot stones. In the past, I’ve had some succes with baking very flat bread, by spreading the dough out on a grill of green twigs woven between the “legs” of a forked branch. When I was a scout as a child, we often made stick bread, and really, I always hated it. I don’t really know why, I just never liked it. I did like baking bread with the very same dough, just not rolled around a stick. That forced me to come up with other ways of baking bread outdoors. I also tried using a pot as a baking form, or making naan style bread in a pan, which both work just fine. But lately, I’ve been trying with hot stones. At the moment I only have pictures from one baking session, the others were taken with my friends camera. But I’ll post them when I get them.

We tried in two different ways. First attempt, was to heat up a flat stone in the fire, take it out of the fire and lay the dough on the stone and press it flat. That didn’t work well. At first, the stone was far too hot and the heat burnt the crust almost imediately, while leaving the inside raw. Not only was the stone too hot, then it also cooled down too fast.bread1

 

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Next, we put the stone back in the fire. This time it was set to rest on the other stones at the edge of the fireplace. Now the baking stone was kept warm enough by the flames, while it had cooled down enough to not burn the bread. It was much easier to control the heat by controlling the fire under the stone. This really worked, and we baked some fine bread for our supper. The menu that evening was sliced beef cooked with lots of onions, butter, apples and thyme on the freshly baken bread with dijon mustard. The mix of the sweet apples and onions with the mustard on the mild bread was just perfect!

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