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Mar 13th, 2017 at 5:58pm

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After drooling over the photos of the entries in the recent competition and spending a bit of time reading a lot of topics about bread making, I figured I just had to give it a go.

So, being a bit of a lazy bugger, I decided to go with a packet mix - multigrain with soy and linseed. I even went out and bought a new CO for the event, nothing flash, just a 9 qt Pioneer Campfire cast iron from BCF.

Using the heat bead chart here on the forum I used 22 on top and 8 under and to my surprise, it worked. I have achieved two "firsts" today, 1 being cooking with heat beads and secondly making bread.

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Reply #1 - Mar 13th, 2017 at 8:07pm

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Looks good mate,
Does it taste as good as it looks?

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Reply #2 - Mar 13th, 2017 at 11:26pm

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Well done fellow lazy bugger   Cheesy Cheesy

Pkt mix is the way to go  Smiley Smiley

That's not a bad loaf of bread for a first effort.



 

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Reply #3 - Mar 14th, 2017 at 8:23am

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TBF wrote on Mar 13th, 2017 at 8:07pm:
Does it taste as good as it looks?


My wife grew up in Germany, Aart and like most people from that part of the world, she acquired a taste for good bread. She has always been critical of the Australian soft breads, so I was hoping that she would give it the tick of approval.

It got the thumbs up, although she did think it was just a smidgen dry. Maybe the addition of a small amount of olive oil to the mix would rectify that?

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Reply #4 - Mar 14th, 2017 at 8:33am

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Rufzgutz wrote on Mar 13th, 2017 at 11:26pm:
Well done fellow lazy bugger   Cheesy Cheesy

Pkt mix is the way to go  Smiley Smiley

That's not a bad loaf of bread for a first effort.





Thanks RG. I didn't figure on it rising as much as it did and the top was a bit scorched from touching the lid. My next effort will be a round loaf and maybe not quite as much mix to start with. The box states that each mix is for a 600g loaf and I think I might cut that back to a 500g loaf.

All in all, I am happy with the way it turned out and I can thank the forum for providing the inspiration and the finer points of camp oven baking. I've been using camp ovens for decades and like most rough bush cooks, I thought I knew everything that I needed to know about knocking up a feed - not so.

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Thats a nice job for your first try diesel.
 
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Saltbush Bill wrote on Mar 14th, 2017 at 8:59am:
Thats a nice job for your first try diesel.


Thanks.

I think it was a combination of the right info and a big chunk of luck that made it turn out ok. Going by what I had read here on the forum, I calculated that it would take approximately 40 minutes to bake, but I couldn't resist sneaking a peek at 30 minutes and I am glad that I did as it was ready. I think if I had left it in for the full 40, it may have been rather scorched.

Perhaps I was a bit heavy handed with the quantity of beads and will cut back a few on the next loaf. It's all a learning curve I suppose and very satisfying when it works.

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diesel wrote on Mar 14th, 2017 at 9:19am:
but I couldn't resist sneaking a peek at 30 minutes and I am glad that I did

Half of the secret to camp oven cooking is to look often, until you know what your doing. Its better to look than to burn things. That old thing about don't open the oven door doesn't apply to Camp Ovens....Ive never ruined anything yet by doing it.
 
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Reply #8 - Mar 15th, 2017 at 12:11pm

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Very nice looking loaf of bread.  Well done. Would have got a vote from me if it had of been entered in the comp.

Even though I do use them for convenience I have always found the packet mixes to be dry. 

Rory makes a great bread using the no knead method that is quite good.
 

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Reply #9 - Mar 16th, 2017 at 8:26am

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Thanks for the pat on the back, Derek.

I'm an absolute novice compared to the rest of you camp oven gurus, but I've always had an open mind towards learning new things - just don't know why it's taken me so long with CO cooking.

When I suggested to my wife a few months ago that we leave the Weber Q at home on future trips away and use a camp oven instead, her reply was "oh no, not those burnt offerings again". I had to make a promise to hone my cooking skills before locking the Weber in the shed.

I've got 3 more bread packet mixes to go and if they are successful, I will most likely stick with them for a while until I am confident that I can always put an acceptable loaf on the table. Not sure about the 'no knead' method yet - fridge space is a bit of a problem on camping trips and I don't know if I am prepared to sacrifice some of my beer space  Grin

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