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We here at TruLog like to cook, here is an addition to our cooking series. Hope you enjoy! A Dutch oven is a cooking pot with thick sides and a tight fitting lid. It is one of most widely used kitchen utensils, the perfect addition to any log home and may be used for a variety of purposes.

These pots may be used on a cooking range top or in an oven. Its sturdy construction ensures that the food is evenly cooked with constant and even heat. These pots have long history behind them as these have remained in use for hundreds of years.

Your Choice

Dutch ovens are generally made of metal or ceramic and thus are highly durable. The two main categories of Dutch ovens are Bare Cast Iron Dutch ovens and Enameled Dutch ovens. Cast iron Dutch ovens are generally used for camping purpose while enameled Dutch ovens are perfect for daily cooking.
However, both the types of Dutch ovens are convenient for cooking in your log cabin home. Whether you are on your own or want to invite your family and friends to a log cabin fiesta, these Dutch ovens can help you in rustling up a mean and tasty meal.

Sturdy is One Attribute

Their heavy duty material can withstand a wide range of temperatures, allowing you to use your Dutch oven for multiple purposes. Some of the main uses of Dutch oven are to cook soups and stews, roasting, and frying.

Dutch ovens may also be used for making casseroles and breads as these utensils are equally good for oven use as well.
The tight fitting lid of Dutch oven also helps in stemming moisture loss and gives you softer and fluffier bread. The resulting bread is very close to the ones baked on stone hearths or pizza ovens. So, here is our recipe for making easy and quick Dutch oven bread.

Ingredients

 3 cups water
 2 pkg active dry yeast
 2/3 cup honey
 1/2 cup shortening
 2 tsp salt
 8 1/2 cup flour
Steps
1. Heat the water to 110 degree and add both the packets of yeast to it.
2. Mix water and yeast well. Let it sit for 15 minutes. It should be bubbly by then.
3. Add all the remaining ingredients except flour to this bubbly yeast mixture.
4. Add 5 cups of flour and mix well. You may use mixer or dough kneader for this purpose.
5. Add remaining flour and knead until the dough has smooth and silky texture.
6. Make a ball of the dough and let it sit for about 1½ hour or until it is double in size.
7. Once the dough has doubled in size. Knead it lightly again.
8. Take a Dutch oven of 3 quart size and grease it well. Also grease the lid from inside.
9. Put dough ball in the pot and insert in the oven.
10. Let it bake at 375 degree temperature for 12 minutes.
11. Lower the temperature to 350 degrees and remove lid. Let bake for 30 more minutes.
12. Pull the Dutch oven out and let the bread cool for 30 more minutes.
13. Serve as desired.

Now that you have your kitchen smelling of mouth watering homemade bread maybe you want some Brisket. With spring time in the air you can even eat outside on your deck.

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