Dutch Oven Bread

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Dutch Oven Bread is a simple yet satisfying homemade loaf that boasts a crackling crust and a chewy interior.

With just five basic ingredients and minimal hands-on time, you can create a rustic, artisanal bread that pairs perfectly with soups, stews, or your morning coffee.

The Dutch oven plays a crucial role in achieving that perfect crust, making this recipe a must-try for bread lovers.


3 cups all-purpose flour: No need for fancy bread flour; all-purpose works beautifully.

1 ½ teaspoons salt: Enhances flavor.

½ teaspoon active dry yeast: Helps the dough rise.

1 ½ cups warm water: Around 100°F (37°C).

Optional: A little olive oil for greasing the Dutch oven.


Mix the Dough:

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and yeast until well combined.

Pour in the warm water and use a wooden spoon to stir until a shaggy dough forms.

It will be wet and sticky.

Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and set it aside in a warm place for 8 to 18 hours.

The dough will rise, bubble, and flatten on top.

Preheat the Oven:

Heat your oven to 450°F (230°C) with the Dutch oven inside.

This ensures that the pot is piping hot when you add the dough.

Shape and Bake:

Turn the risen dough out onto a floured surface.

Shape it into a round loaf.

Carefully remove the hot Dutch oven from the oven.

Grease it lightly with olive oil.

Place the shaped dough into the Dutch oven, seam side down.

Cover with the lid and bake for 30 minutes.

Remove the lid and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes until the crust is golden brown.

Cool and Enjoy:

Let the bread cool on a wire rack before slicing.

Serve with butter, olive oil, or your favorite toppings.

Nutritional Facts (per serving):

Calories: Varies by serving size

Carbohydrates: Satisfying

Protein: Wholesome


Can I add herbs or seeds to the dough? 

Absolutely! Customize with rosemary, sesame seeds, or cracked black pepper.

How do I store leftover Dutch Oven Bread? 

Keep it in a paper bag or cloth to maintain the crustiness.

Can I use whole wheat flour instead? 

Yes, but the texture will be denser.

What’s the best way to reheat the bread? 

Warm it in the oven or toaster for a few minutes.

Can I freeze the dough for later use? 

Definitely! Freeze after the first rise and thaw before baking.

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