Making bread in the fireplace

Bread baking in the fireplaceStep One: Place dough into inverted dutch oven lid for its final rise.

Step Two: Let fireplace burn down to a nice bed of coals and rake coals over to one side.

Step Three: Put some water in the bottom of the dutch oven. Nestle into fireplace, near, but not on, the coals.

Step Four: Place the inverted lid full of dough onto the bottom part of the dutch oven. Congratulate yourself on your cleverness.

Step Five: Bake for about an hour, turning the dough periodically. Smile to yourself at how well it seems to be doing.

Step Six: Decide the bottom is still too doughy. Remove bottom of dutch oven; place lid directly on coals; bake 10 more minutes.

Charcoal breadStep Seven: Remove brick of finished charcoal from the oven and allow to cool thoroughly before using as part of a terra preta experiment.

Lesson, learned yet again: fire is hot.

Fear not; I will try again…
Burned bread



  1. Robyn M. said,

    January 3, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    *snort* No, no, I’m sure it tasted just fiiiiine…

    😉 It does look awesome in that first picture, though. Are you using the classic no-knead recipe, or some other one? I’ve been messing about with the perpetual bread recipe in Mother Earth News recently, with some success.

  2. Heather said,

    January 3, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    The inside looks greeaaaatttt. 🙂 I have entertained the idea of cooking in my fireplace, but I’m pretty sure I’d burn something–perhaps even my house. When I was a little girl, we had a woodstove and we used to cook on it during weather crises.

  3. January 3, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    People used to cook their foods in their fire places…hey why not.

  4. Moms Kitchen said,

    January 4, 2009 at 9:08 am

    The trick to baking in a dutch oven is that you need some coals on the top, and some on the bottom. Try this recipe:

    I’ve got some other dutch oven recipes on my blog in the camping section, too. Good luck!

  5. Chile said,

    January 5, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Charcoal is supposed to be good for settling the stomach… 😉

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