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Can no-knead bread be baked in a Dutch oven?

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No-knead bread can be made in a Dutch oven. To make a no-knead bread, the baker mixes a wet, sticky dough, lets it rise overnight and puts it into the Dutch oven the next day.

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After the dough stands long enough, it almost doubles in size and has bubbles throughout it. The baker then shapes the dough into a ball and lets it rise again. During the second rise, the oven should preheat with the Dutch oven inside it.

A no-knead bread made in a Dutch oven takes longer than does traditionally kneaded bread, but the results are the same. The outside is crispy and golden, while the inside is soft and chewy.

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