XL Dutch Oven Questions
I'm new to baking sourdough bread, and I have made a few this year. They taste great, but don't rise enough. I've tried different pots I have around my house but none seem to do the trick well enough. I recently discovered I can use a very large dutch oven from my girlfriends parents, but it is very large. So, i'm pretty sure the bread won't touch the sides. I don't know enugh about bread baking, but Im guessing this will effect how it shapes. I imagine it will result in the dough being too flat, right??
I can't afford a proper sized dutch oven at the moment, or at least I haven't found one I want to spend on yet, so I would like to try this one from the parents. Is it possible to somehow place something in the pot so the bread won't flatten out?
If not, the recipe I use says to split the dough (1000g flour 750 gram water) into two smaller loaves before I shape and bake. My 3rd question is could I avoid this and just bake a super big loaf in my super big dutch oven?
I would really appreciate any help!
Short version for the tired: I have a XL Dutch Oven. Can I bake sourdough in it without it flattening out? Because the dough won't touch the sides. Is there a way to keep the shape of the dough while it is in the pot? If not, could I bake a monster loaf rather than seperating the dough into 2 loaves before the shape and bake?