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Ploughman's Lunch Kettle Bread
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Cook Time
45 min
Cook Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 cups Bread Flour
  2. 1 + 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  3. Heaping 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast – (not fast acting or bread machine yeast)
  4. 2 cups warm water
Instructions
  1. In large mixing bowl combine flour, salt, and yeast. Stir together until well mixed. Add water and stir until a sticky dough forms and there are no dry patches. Cover with plastic wrap or an airtight lid and place in a warm place to rise 12-18 hours.
  2. Turn risen bread out onto a floured surface and dust with more flour. Cover with cling wrap and then a dish towel and allow to rise for another two hours.
  3. Thirty minutes before bread is finished rising, preheat oven to 475 and place cast iron dutch oven, lid and all, into oven to preheat for thirty minutes.
  4. Remove dutch oven and carefully set on a heat resistant surface. Set lid aside on another heat resistant surface. Using both hands, pick up dough and shape into a ball before dropping it into the pot.
  5. Place lid back on pot and return to 475 degree oven for 30 minutes.
  6. After thirty minutes remove lid and continue baking bread for another 15 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool completely.
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I am not kidding, it’s time to start chitting

We’ve been chitting for years now. I learned it from my father, who learned it from his father who, well you get the idea. It’s the first garden related activity that we do each spring. As soon as our seed potatoes arrive, we carefully take them out of the box and lay them gingerly in a sunny window to start chitting. Chitting is the name for the process that encourages tubers or the “eyes” of the potatoes to start growing. The benefit of chitting is that you will have a stronger more abundant crop that you can harvest sooner.

It’s important to chit your potatoes in sunshine so that the tubers will become strong. You know when you leave potatoes too long in the back of the pantry and they grow those long white tubers, well you don’t want the long white tubers, they are weak and won’t get you anywhere, so find a nice spot in a sunny window.

A good rule of thumb is to start chitting about three to four weeks before you intend on planting your potato crop. I find it uplifting and encouraging to see the potatoes sprouting while there is still heaps of snow covering the ground and you might too.

Happy chitting.

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