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This recipe will demonstrate step by step how to make your very own loaf of bread on a bed of wood-fire coals. We will guide you through some simple steps which will result in a crusty on the outside soft in the middle delicious bread. 


Go from this:                                               To this:                                                                    
mixing bread dough for campfire bread Bread cooking on wood 



 Here's what you'll 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 salt1 tsp sugar600ml 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 One: 

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: 

Flaming Firewood for cooking outsidekindleflamer for outdoor cookingpreparing dutch oven with parchment paper


Step Two:

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.

preparing the bread dough for campfire bread

Step Three:

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.

lighting the outdoor fire with flaming firewood
Step Four:
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.
transferring bread to dutch oven
Step Five:
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 and bed of coals cooking on woodcooked campfire bread
Step Six:
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.
testing if the campfire bread is cooked
Step Seven:

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

campfire bread paired with vegan sausage casserole