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Dutch Oven baking - coated vs. uncoated, effect of size?

April 12, 2011 - 8:06pm -- yy

I'm looking into buying an oval dutch oven specifically for baking bread, so I was wondering if there was any experience on this forum that I could benefit from. I have two questions on my mind:

1. What effect does an enamel coating have on the crust vs. an uncoated cast iron dutch oven? I know that uncoated DOs tend to scorch more easily, but does a coating affect other attributes of the crust, such as how thick it is, or how crispy it is?

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Oven in an Oven, what about shrinking your Oven?

May 23, 2008 - 3:27pm -- nosabe332

Hi,

So i was mulling over baking techniques and adding a few things together. Namely:

- professional restaurant ovens are optimally sized to bake whatever they're baking. eg pizzeria ovens are just tall enough to clear a pizza. this reduces wasted energy, heating only a volume of air that is in contact with the baked good.

- heating a small space is cheaper and quicker than heating a large space.

- the Oven in an Oven method traps moisture from the dough and keeps it close to the crust.

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