Adventure - Recipe 3
from Elizabeth David's English Bread & Yeast Cookery © 1982)
The basic recipe for the bread is:
cups of dry stuff
Get a one-cup measure, start filling it with dry stuff, and when you get near the top, level it off with unbleached white flour.
Tbsp dried bell peppers (from health food store)
cup cracked rye
We used a 10-inch Dutch oven with legs. Get a pie pan (I used a Baker's Square aluminum pie pan) that fits inside. Put three aluminum washers under the pie pan to lift it off the bottom of the Dutch oven. Be sure you have some oven mitts, long tongs for moving coals, and make a sturdy lid-lifter from a coat hanger.
dry bread mix into a 6- or 8-cup bowl. Mix in one cup of water or other liquid.
Beer works fine if it is not cold from the cooler. Knead until tough and springy.
Cover and put aside for ½ hour. Then knead again. Add plain unbleached
flour if too sticky. Form into a ball, pushing edges underneath.
That evening, make about 15-20 charcoal briquettes. Clear a place on the ground where nobody will step. Place 1/3 of coals on the ground, and 2/3 of coals on the lid of the Dutch oven. Place Dutch oven over the ground coals. Set timer for ½ hour. Check the bread when timer rings. If bread is dark or done, use less coals next time. If bread takes 45 minutes, you used the perfect amount of coals. If bread takes longer than 45 minutes, use more coals next time. When done, be sure to pour water on the ground where the coals were. Fire can burn through the root systems of trees. Pour enough water on and around the spot until it stops steaming.
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