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Calphalon 8qt Enamel Cast Iron DO Oblong Shape

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Calphalon 8qt Enamel Cast Iron DO Oblong Shape

I have a 8qt dutch oven by calphalon which is oblong shaped, and is enamel cast iron.  My question is since it is a large dutch oven, how much dough can be used in it?  I basically use  32 oz of flour, 24 oz of water, salt & yeast.  I usually divide the dough in half and make two loaves, baked on my stone.  If I want to use the dutch oven instead. could I bake one loaf and then the other loaf or would the loaf be too small and spread too much.  Hope someone can give me advice on this.  My hubby prefers long loaves to round loaves.  Don't know why, since it makes no difference to me.  Thanks!

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grind

I have an oblong 8 quart and just yesterday I did my first bread in it.  It was shaped long rather than round and it weighed 620 grams.  There was still room in the dutch oven after the bread was baked and I'm pretty sure it could handle a 750g oblong loaf.  I also do two in a row normally on my stone so with the dutch oven I baked the first one for 20 minutes @ 500 degrees and then removed it and from the cast iron pot.  Then I put the second one in at the same temp and for the same amount of time and removed it.  Then I lowered the oven to 450 and finished baking both loaves together on the stone.  Worked out fine.

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Just the info that I needed.  Appreciate the quick reply.