Is there anything better than freshly baked bread? Yes actually! Freshly baked bread outdoors over fire!
500g strong white flour
2 tsp salt
7g sachet fast-action yeast
3 tbsp olive oil
300ml tepid water
Mix the flour, salt, yeast and oil in a large bowl and add enough water to make a soft but not sticky, dough. Knead for 8-10 minutes or until smooth to the touch.
Put into a lightly oiled bowl to rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.
Divide the dough into 2. For one half of the dough then divide it into 8 equal pieces. On a lightly floured surface roll into balls and place in an oiled and floured cake tin. Cover with a bowl and leave to prove for 30 mins or until doubled in size. Place the second half of the dough in another cake tin, cover and also leave to prove.
When doubled in size lightly dust with flour and place into the Dutch oven. Put the Dutch oven in the centre of the fire pit having moved the coals to the outside.
Place some of the hot coals on the lid of the oven to help burn the top. Cooking time will be 20- 35 mins depending on the heat of the fire. Check after 15 mins and change the coals on the top if necessary.
Remove from the heat and take out of the Dutch oven, remove from the tin and allow to cool on a cooling rack. Enjoy warm with butter and jam or as an accompaniment to harvest soup. Needs to be eaten fresh or can be frozen.