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Challenge: Name a better smell than fresh bread straight of the fire?

That's right... there isn't one! Bread dates back to around 8000BC [1], so if the folks back then could bake it, there are no excuses not to make your own! This recipe will guide you step by step to show you how easy it is to create your very own loaf of bread straight from the fire.  

We'll show you how to go from this:

mixing bread dough for campfire bread

To this:

Bread cooking on wood

 

What you will need:

700g organic bread flour (we used Doves Farm Organic Strong White Bread Flour but you could use wholemeal instead or half and half of each)
3 tsp fast-action yeast (approx. 14g)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
600ml tepid water
Kiln Dried Logs (we recommend Flaming Firewood, as logs are smaller and of different shapes and sizes, therefore quicker to get a good bed of coal and easier to control the heat output)
Firelighter - Have you tried our KindleFlamers? - You will only need one to start a fire and no kindling is required!
A Dutch Oven
Parchment paper

 

 

 Step 1: 

Prepare all your ingredients as well as your cooking appliances. You will need a Dutch oven, kiln dried logs (we recommend Flaming Firewood), a firelighter and parchment paper. Here's what your setup should look like: 

parchment paper and dutch ovenkindleflamer and flaming firewood

 

Step 2: 

Start preparing your bread dough. In a large bowl mix together 700g of strong white flour, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp sugar, and 14g sachet of fast-action yeast. Gradually add water and mix with a spatula. You might need to add more water if your ingredients have not combined fully. You should end up with a sticky dough. Cover with a damp tea towel and leave to stand for about 2 hours in a warm room.

mixing bread dough for campfire bread

Step 3: 

While your bread is rising, carefully light your fire using kiln dried logs and a firelighter- we recommend our new KindleFlamers. You will need a good bed of coals on which you can cook your bread.

flaming firewood flamedutch oven cooking campfire bread

Step 4:

Your dough should have doubled in size after 2 hours. With a silicone spatula empty the dough onto baking parchment and then transfer into your Dutch oven.

bread dough on parchment paper

Step 5:

Prepare a bed of hot wood coals and carefully place your Dutch oven onto it (do not put the Dutch oven directly onto the fire).  With a spade lift some of the coals onto the lid of the Dutch oven, making sure the heat is transferred evenly throughout the oven. Make sure you turn the Dutch oven occasionally if you have a fire on one side to stop the bread from cooking more on one side. Cook for approximately one hour and make sure you keep putting more hot coals around and on top of the Dutch oven. The bread is cooked when it looks golden brown.

dutch oven cooking on wood bed of coalscooked campfire bread

Step 6:

Wearing well insulating oven gloves, lift up the lid of your Dutch oven and take out the bread. Tap on it on the top and bottom – if it sounds hollow, it’s cooked! It should be crusty on the outside and nice and soft on the inside.

checking if campfire bread is cooked

Step 7:

Cut the bread and enjoy on its own or with your favorite hot dish- we've paired it with our vegan casserole!

 

vegan casserole and bread

 References: 

[1] The Origin of Bread- Lyon Bakery - http://lyonbakery.com/the-origin-of-bread/#:~:text=Basically%2C%20it's%20a%20paste%20of,the%20first%20known%20grinding%20tool.

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