If you don’t own a Dutch oven, you can always bake the bread on a heavy baking sheet or pizza stone instead. Preheat it in the oven for 30 minutes before baking your bread. To create that steam, you’ll need to preheat a metal rimmed baking pan under the baking sheet as well.
What kind of pan do you bake sourdough bread in?
Place your bread inside a clay pot/casserole dish/any large pot that is oven safe and has a securely fitting lid on it (it won’t be as good as a Dutch oven, but it will be better than not using one). Place a large deep roasting pan or stainless steel bowl, or other oven safe bowl over the loaf when baking.
Do I need a special pan to bake sourdough bread?
Bread can generally be baked in any pan, sourdough is no exception to this. Baking it in a covered dutch oven seals in moisture and keeps the crust from hardening, allowing maximum oven spring. You can achieve a similar effect by putting a pan of boiling water in the bottom of your oven for the first half of baking.
How do you keep bread from sticking to the cookie sheet?
Using parchment paper is the most effective way to stop your bread from sticking to the pan as it prevents the bread from touching the sides of the pan directly. Alternatively, a coating of fat, like vegetable oil or shortening can be used to create a non-stick barrier between the dough and the pan.
What can I use instead of a Dutch oven for bread?
As long as your cookware is oven-safe and can withstand temperatures over 450 degrees Fahrenheit, you can use any covered metal pot for baking bread. A 4-quart soup pot should do the job nicely. If the pot doesn’t happen to have an oven-safe lid, feel free to swap-in aluminum foil to trap the steam inside.
At what temperature do you bake sourdough bread?
Method 1: Put the dough and pot in the center of a cold oven. Set the oven to 450°F, turn it on, and set a timer for 30 minutes. When the timer goes off, remove the lid and allow the bread to continue baking until it’s a dark golden brown, probably an additional 25-30 minutes.
How do you know when sourdough bread is done baking?
To know when your loaf of sourdough bread is cooked through, use oven gloves or a clean tea towel to pick up the loaf and turn it upside down. Holding the loaf in one hand, take the other and knock on the bottom of the loaf as though it was a door. If it sounds hollow your sourdough loaf is cooked through!
How do you know if a skillet is oven safe?
To make sure that your cookware is oven-proof, have a look at the bottom of the pan. There should be a mark that notes if the cookware can be used in the oven. Another way is to consult the instructions in order to find out what the maximum oven temperature setting your pan can tolerate without being damaged by heat.
What size Dutch oven do I need for sourdough bread?
Your Dutch oven of choice has to be big enough for the extra increase in size of your loaf. Generally speaking, if you are making a white sourdough loaf, buy a Dutch oven that is at least 4 times its volume.
How long do you wait to take bread out of the pan?
For most breads, remove from pan immediately after baking and cool on a rack to prevent the bottom crust from becoming moist and soggy. For some richer coffeecakes baked in tubed cake pans, cool in pan for 10 minutes to prevent coffeecakes from breaking apart. Unless the bread is to be served warm, cool before slicing.