So I thought I would share recipes and things on friday when I can. Please feel free to join in with recipes, tips and more if you enjoy this too.
I never did figure out how that linky works-I think one needs to pay the monthly fee to get it to work right and I don't want to do that-but I will provide a link to your post if you provide one in comments.
Last year I just decided I wanted to finally set up an area for over a wood fire cooking and also with coals and dutch ovens. We had brought down a heavy grate back when we retired and moved here and have been mowing around this grate all these years lol so last summer I decided I am doing this lol.
We had a big pile of sand-gravel mix not too far away that I could wheel barrel it into place-me and Mr Blue wheel barrel have gotten allot accomplished over the years.
I went in to town to Lowes and picked up blocks to set the heavy grate on and also red square tiles and red bricks to use as a fire break for the dutch ovens.
I searched on ebay for weeks til I found the French trivets I could afford-and I love them-they fit perfectly in the bottom of the large dutch oven and then I set the pie pan or baking pan on top to keep the bottom from burning. I have smaller trivets for the smaller ovens but needed a larger one.
I also splurged and bought a new 12 quart lodge dutch oven for pie baking and bread baking. My husband and I have collected allot of vintage cast iron over the years that I use allot of daily but had never run into a nice dutch oven-so I decided to buy this one new. and it is Heavy too.
Here are a few photos of my project:
The first baked pie photo is my gluten free pie and the last pie photo is a regular pie-I still have not perfected a gluten free pie crust but am getting better.
When baking pies I put a trivet down on the bottom and then a big piece of parchment paper and the pie. I place coals around the outside bottom of the dutch oven and the the coals on top. So far I have not gotten into counting how many briquettes I use. I keep charcoal going so I can replace where needed about half way through the baking process
I usually don't preheat my dutch oven-but I am thinking it would probably be a good idea to speed up the baking time.
I have not baked bread yet but that is on my list for this summer.
For a recipe I ran into this one by King Arthur Flour over on facebook about baking bread in a dutch oven. The are baking it in the house but information still can be applied for baking outdoors in your dutch ovens
Also on my pinterest page I have a board for cast iron, camp fire, wood stove cooking with lots of recipes and such.
Please feel free to share your recipes and tips with cast iron