Sweet Potato Dutch Oven Bread

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Sweet Potato Dutch Oven Bread
Serves: 1 loaf
 
Ingredients
  • 4 cups (508 grams) bread flour
  • 1½ cups (380 grams) lightly mashed baked sweet potato (see Note)
  • 1 tablespoon (9 grams) kosher salt
  • 2¼ teaspoons (7 grams) instant yeast
  • 1¼ cups (284 grams) warm water (105°F/41°C to 110°F/43°C)
  • Corn flour, for dusting
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, place bread flour, sweet potato, salt, and yeast. Add 1¼ cups (284 grams) warm water, and stir by hand until fully incorporated and a sticky dough forms. (Alternatively, place bread flour, sweet potato, salt, and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add 1¼ cups [284 grams] warm water, and beat at medium speed until a sticky dough forms, about 30 seconds.)
  2. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) for 2 hours. Then, refrigerate for at least 2 hours (preferably overnight).
  3. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface, and gently press dough just to level and even it out. Starting on left side and working clockwise, fold edges of dough toward center, pressing lightly. Turn dough ball over, and using both hands, cup dough, and pull it toward you. Turn dough 90 degrees, and repeat until you have a smooth, tight, sealed round. (See Shape Your Boule on page 46.)
  4. Heavily dust a sheet of parchment paper with corn flour; place dough on parchment, seam side up. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) for 1 hour.
  5. When dough has 30 minutes left to rise, place a 6- to 7-quart Dutch oven and lid in a cold oven. Preheat oven to 500°F (260°C).
  6. Carefully remove hot Dutch oven from oven, remove lid, and quickly turn bread into Dutch oven so seam is now on bottom. Score top of bread (being careful not to touch hot sides of Dutch oven). Cover with lid, and place back in oven.
  7. Immediately reduce oven temperature to 450°F (230°C). Bake for 25 minutes. Remove lid, and bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted in center registers 190°F (88°C), 10 to 15 minutes more. Immediately remove loaf from Dutch oven, and let cool completely on a wire rack.
Notes
Note: For mashed sweet potatoes: Wash sweet potatoes, prick with a fork, and bake in a 425°F (220°C) oven for 30 to 40 minutes.

 

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