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No oven - baking in a cheapo kettle on the stove, ideas?

warmnsunny's picture

No oven - baking in a cheapo kettle on the stove, ideas?

So here I am staying in a rented condo and feeling the urge to bake my own bread. Started some pretty wet foccacia type bread last night, final rise in the frig overnight and all ready to bake it this morning. Problem. I couldn't figure out how to light the gas stove, tried all the ways I could think of SO I used the only alternative I could think of and "baked" it on the stove top. Limited supply of pots here and I had to use a very thin aluminum kettle (alternative was the frying pan) which had a lid. I lined it with alum foil to make the bottom a little thicker.

 I know that people have made bread directly in a fire forever, but I haven't and it felt pretty desperate to use this cheapo alum pot! Amazingly, to me, it came out really well....I used a low flame for about 25 minutes and while the loaf was steamed rather than baked, it has a good texture and tastes yummy.

I'm interested in other people's experiences "baking" bread on a stove top....a heavy Dutch Oven would be much better I imagine but I don't want to buy one as we are here on vacation. What things have you tried??


Mini Oven's picture
Mini Oven

to how my aunt would fold a towel on top of her lid to keep in heat to brown the tops.  I tried it with a thin enamel pot once and it shattered the finish inside and out. 


warmnsunny's picture

Wow Mimi, your aunt is one resourceful lady. 

althetrainer's picture

Amazing!  I wish I could see some illustrations of these methods.  A loaf in the kettle and a towel as a lid, happy thoughts indeed.  How I would love to try baking breads in a more creative way.

A few years ago, I used some scraps to build a small solar cooker thinking I could use it to make breads.  But someone told me that a solar cooker (at least the one I made) wouldn't get hot enough to bake yeast bread so I never tried.  Maybe I can use it to make quick breads.  Got to put the baby to work.

PaddyL's picture

I've made biscuits in an electric frying pan, and cheese straws in the toaster oven, but the only stove top bread I've ever made was the flat kind in a frying pan.  When we had to stay ten days in an apartment hotel with the tiniest oven you've ever seen, I got to the point where I had to make bread or lose my mind.  So I did, one loaf at a time, and the whole floor smelled of freshly baked bread.  People could not believe it!

md_massimino's picture

I saw Jacques Pepin make this Tibetan flatbread on his show, he made it in a saucepan on the stovetop.  Certainly quick and easy and a very tasty bread.  My kids love it.  Here's the link that shows Jacques making it...

Recipe is

1 1/2 cups flour

1 cup water

1 Tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 Tbsp Olive Oil

Stir everything until it's a gooey dough.  Heat a large non-stick saucepan on medium heat, put in the olive oil then dump in the dough.  Spoon some of the olive oil on top.  Sprinkle on maybe 2 Tbsp of water which helps to steam the bread.  Cover and cook ten minutes on one side, then flip it and cook another 5 minutes on the other.