Dutch Oven Bread

Dutch Oven Bread

For me personally, bread is life. I love bread with all my heart. I wanted to give up on it, but it was so hard. It’s like an addiction or something, but I can’t eat anything without it.  

This time I am sharing very easy bread, and it comes out so perfect that you will not even believe it.    

Dutch ovens distribute heat all around and the bread is securely snuggled in the middle. It allows the bread to bake evenly, and beautifully.  

Dutch Oven Bread

While it’s baking the heat captured inside also makes the bread to produce the steam so the bread really comes out amazing

I believe when you use parchment paper, the bread comes out even better. As I said so many times, I make bread on a daily basis for a long, long time, and my family loves it.  

Dutch Oven Bread

If you never made a bread please do consider trying. My NO-KNEAD BREAD is one of the most popular recipes on my blog, and yes, you can even bake that bread in a dutch oven. It is so easy and most definitely delicious.     

I have been making bread for over 20 years so I could make it with my eyes closed, so I really tried to explain the best as I could so you guys could make it at home too.     

Dutch Oven Bread

I made this bread in Xtrema Ceramic Cookware (Ceramcor) Dutch Oven, however, I also tested exactly the same in their 2.5 Qt Covered Saucepan and 3.5 Qt Covered Saucepan, as well as 10″ Covered Short Handled Skillet. I got to tell you, it was amazing.    

I just love Xtrema Cookware as well we Bakeware so do check them out. 

Dutch Oven Bread
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DUTCH OVEN BREAD

Homemade Dutch Oven Bread is simple and very delicious. 

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
RESTING TIME 3 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 1 LOAF
Author Sandra | Sandra’s Easy Cooking

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 pack dry active yeast
  • 4 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 tablespoon Salt
  • 1 cup Lukewarm water add a splash extra if needed
  • 1 egg mixed
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil

Instructions

  1. Stir yeast packet into a warm to touch milk and sugar, and allow yeast to bloom for about 5 minutes. When it starts to bubble and foam it means the yeast is active and ready to be used.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour and salt, then create a small well in the middle and pour in the milk and yeast mixture.
  3. Mix one egg with warm water to warm up cold egg, and add to the flour.
  4. Using your wooden spoon or spatula, start combining everything. Once combined using your hands, start to knead the dough, when it starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl it is ready to rest. I knead for about 5 minutes. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour, a couple of tablespoons at a time and vice versa, add a splash more water if it’s too dry. Drizzle olive oil and tap/glaze all over the dough.
  5. Cover the bowl with a large kitchen towel and let it rise until it doubles in size. It takes about 2 hours, sometimes less if the house is warmer.
  6. Uncover the dough and give it a few pokes with your finger. If the dough has risen properly it should indent under the pressure of your fingers and slowly deflate.
  7. Using your hand fold the dough. Light pressure-kneading. Add more flour until it comes together. Cover and let it rise for one more hour. You may leave it for up to 3 hours.
  8. Preheat the oven to 450˚F
  9. Once the dough has doubled in size one more time, knead it again just to shape it.
  10. Line the dutch oven with a large parchment paper and place your dough in the middle. Sprinkle the top with a bit of flour and score lines on top.  It’s not necessary but it looks better. As the bread bakes, it will expand and those scored lines will become more visible.
  11. Bake for about 45 to 50 minutes, removing the lid completely 10 minutes before the bread is done. This way it will get a deeper color and crispier.
  12. Remove bread from a dutch oven, wrap it in the kitchen towel and let it cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing. Trust me on this one. If you cut it when the bread is hot it will become sticky inside so better wait for just a bit.

Recipe Notes

You may skip the egg. 

You may use water instead of the milk. 

The outcome of the bread depends on the water temperature, oven, flour, yeast even air. This recipe is tested and retested many times. 

You may preheat your dutch oven or you can actually make it in the regular baking pan. You don’t have to use parchment paper, but I like using it. 

Don’t stop baking if the bread does not come out perfect the first time… like I said it could be many different things to affect it. 

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12 thoughts on “Dutch Oven Bread”

  • I think your Dutch Oven bread recipe sounds good. I have a 2 qt iron one and have made no knead bread with only 3 c flour so I wonder how best to modify the recipe to fit my smaller pot.
    Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

    • Hm! That’s definitely a smaller pot. So I would do:
      • 1 pinch sugar
      • 1/2 pack dry active yeast
      • 2.5 cups All-Purpose Flour
      • 1.5 teaspoons Salt
      • 1 cup Lukewarm water (more if needed)
      • 1/2-1 tablespoon Olive Oil
      let me know if that helped and thanks! 🙂

  • Do you preheat the dutch oven before cooking? It doesn’t look like it in the recipe, but I am curious if you’ve ever tried that method.

    • Yes, i have tried that before. Depends… sometimes i just let dough rise in the cold dutch oven and sometimes i heat it and drop the dough in. Technically, i think you should preheat it.

  • I made this bread for our Christmas dinner; normally I do the longer rest time but didn’t get going the day before so I found this recipe instead. Then, I had to alter the cooking time slightly as I was making a prime rib at the same time, so I ended up starting it out at 500 degrees, then lowering to 350 to line up with the meat (figured if I had to ruin one, it should not be the $60 roast!) It came out beautifully!! I added some small chunks of Asiago cheese and some coursely ground pepper. It was delicious. This will definitely be my go-to recipe from now on!

    • I can’t even tell you how happy your comment just made me. I am so glad it turned out well, and thanks for letting me know. I really appreciate it! You can definitely add like olives in the bread or cheese… when one basic bread works all the others are so easy. Cheers… and Happy New Year!

  • This was my first try at homemade bread:) It turned out pretty good but didn’t raise much and was a little tough. What should I do differently?

  • Hi there!

    This was my first time making bread in a dutch oven and this recipe rocks!! I left the lid off the last 10 min but it didn’t get as beautifully golden as yours – I didn’t want to overbake it so took it out. It was still delicious but I would have loved to get that color – any tips for my next attempt?

    • I am so happy that yours turned out delicious, and thank you so much for making it. For the golden color, I would say just turn the broiler on for a minute. You can brush some butter and turn the broiler on high just for a minute or less. It will get that nice color. 🙂

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