A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

No Wind. Time To Bake.


I very calm day to bake up some cornbread. 

 The batter is in a nonstick pie pan that fits just right inside the 10” Dutch Oven.  The charcoal is ready.  I use a shelf from an old stove oven I found in the desert a few years back.  This helps keeping the heat directed to the oven rather than having the briquettes sitting in the dirt.

Temperature is regulated by the number of charcoal briquettes used and their placement.  In this case I needed 400 degrees which called for 25 briquettes.  18 on the lid and 7 underneath.
A cooking booklet with a chart comes with the oven.

Forty minutes later, perfection.

Now today as you read this there is supposed to be high winds all day.  20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts over 50 at times.  Fun times.  We’ll be inside probably all day.


Debby said...

I honestly never realized what an exacting science it is to bake with a dutch oven! That's pretty neat. What do you eat with your cornbread? It is supposed to get above freezing for the first time in an awfully long time, but we've got a winter storm on its way again. It starts tomorrow and lasts into Friday. You can believe that I'm going to be holed up. I kind of like those days, as long as I have something interesting to read. Here's hoping you have a good book!

Barbara R. said...

What a wonderful bread, and a way to cook it that works...has been worked out over many years I'd imagine. My first thought was lots of women doing so, then I thought of one of those kitchen labs. It doesn't matter, someone did the thinking and you get the yummy results. Hope you all don't blow away!

John @ Beans and I on the Loose said...

Yes, I have often thought about all the lab testing that went into figuring out how many briquettes and where to place them to achieve the desired temperature. But think back to the days before briquettes and the cook just set the oven in the coals of the fire. And they didn’t have time pieces either. Guess they just kept lifting the lid to check.

John @ Beans and I on the Loose said...

I just put a bit of butter on it and have it with my tea in the afternoon. I have dozens of books with me plus around sixty yet to read in my Kindle. I prefer holding a book though.

Vicki said...

That cornbread looks very good, nice job! I didn't even know there was a way to find recipes to cook that way, neat!