Baking inside cast iron caserole dish

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CHRISGREEN1066

Have just tried baking my loaf inside a caserole dish (cast iron) I am pretty happy with the result. The particular benefit seems to be that the base of the loaf is better cooked than I can normally achieve. I have a fan assisted domestic oven and normally bake on a metal baking sheet. Having watched a video clip on this website "Replicating a professional baking environment" I thought I would give it a try. The loaf in the photo is not sourdough but was made using Fast Acting dried yeast. Tomorrow I am going to try and use the same technique with a sourdough loaf and see whether I have any success.

Chris

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shasta 2013 April 16

Very nice loaf! The process will produce a great sourdough loaf for you. When you try it on sourdough, try misting some water on the dough before you place the lid on.

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CHRISGREEN1066 2013 April 17

Thanks for your comments Shasta. Tried the sourdough using this method and got a fantastic result. Also tried spraying a mist of water onto the loaf prior to baking - I am not sure of the theory but I assume  that the water prevents the crust from forming too quickly thereby allowing the dough to rise fully prior to the crust hardening ? Anyway the results are great. I must also thank Davo and Hugo for their observations - I have used their suggestions re stretching the dough a couple of times during bulk fermentation etc I was going to post a picture of the sourdough but seem to be having one or two problems with the website at the moment (not sure why)

Interestingly, I went into "Whole Food" on Regent Street in London and they were selling Sourdough loaves at £6 each !! My loaves now look (and I suspect taste- couldn't bring myself to spend £6 on one !!)) almost identical to those being sold. I am a happy man.

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