Directions in a large bowl whisk 3 cups flour yeast and salt stir in water and enough remaining flour to form a moist shaggy dough do not knead cover and let rise in a cool place until doubled 7 8 hours preheat oven to 450 place a dutch oven with lid onto center rack and heat for at least 30 minutes. Why bake bread in a dutch oven or combo cooker a dutch oven helps to mimic the environment many professional bakers have in a bakery a moisture sealed chamber with intense and mostly even radiative heat the dutch oven with its thick cast iron walls offers ample thermal mass to ensure a temperature stable baking environment. A preheated dutch oven captures a burst of steam resulting in a perfectly baked loaf using other pots for baking bread while the bread and potato pot is perfectly suited to this preheating method other pots in your repertoire may be able to produce similar results you can try using a 4 to 5 quart heavy covered pot like a cast iron dutch oven. Preheat the oven to 450f 230c with the pot inside for 45 minutes 1 hour carefully remove the pot from the oven and place it on a trivet or heat safe surface be careful itll be very hot turn the proofed dough over onto a lightly floured surface and carefully place it inside the pot cover with the lid and return the pot to the oven
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