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KMIAA

Size Cast Iron Pan & Loaf

I have a 5 quart cast iron pot, and a 3 quart combo and haven't used either one for bread yet.  I usually do the long type loaves instead of the round ones.  I want to make a whole wheat and I use 8 oz whole wheat, 24 oz AP, and 26 ounces water. I also add salt & yeast.  I usually divide in half and make two loaves.  Which cast iron pot would I use for the bread. Should I do it as one loaf in the large pot or 2 loaves in the combo?  Hope someone can advise. 

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vink

I don't have the combo, but I do have a 5 qt dutch oven.  Even a 1.5 pound flour loaf spreads out too much in that one. I have much better luck with a 2 qt pot. I am sure you can make all of the dough in the big pot, I guess that will be a "miche", not a boule. It may take longer to cook. 

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KMIAA

I probably will do it as one unless someone says the 3 qt combo would be okay dividing the dough in half.