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Easy Dutch Oven Bread


December 12, 2019

Miriah Kardelis

USING A DUTCH OVEN makes this bread crispy on the outside and airy on the inside.

This recipe for easy, no-knead Dutch oven bread may sound too good to be true, but it isn't. Even novice bread makers can master this recipe. With only three ingredients, you don't even need a stand mixer to make this bread. You only need three hours to let the dough rise, not an entire night like some recipes call for. The special cookware you need for this recipe is a Dutch oven, or a large oven-safe (450 degrees) dish with a lid. The results: a perfectly crispy on the outside, airy on the inside, round boule of bread.


3 cups bread flour

1/4 tsp dry active yeast

1 tsp salt

1-1/2 cups lukewarm water


Measure out three cups of bread flour in a large bowl. Add in yeast and salt, and combine.

The water needs to be about 110 degrees. Microwaving the water for one minute will give you that temperature. The warm water combined with the yeast, is what allows this dough to rise so quickly.

Add the water to the flour mixture and stir until just combined. The dough will be cohesive, but sticky. This is what you want. Cover the bowl and let sit for the next three hours in a warm space. The dough will take longer to rise in a colder room.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place your empty Dutch oven inside your preheating oven for 30 minutes.

While you are heating your Dutch oven, turn dough onto a well-floured surface. Make sure not to knead the dough, but form it into a ball. Place your round ball of dough onto a piece of parchment paper, cover and let rest.

After 30 minutes, carefully take out the Dutch oven, and place your dough inside, and cover with the lid.

Bake for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove from oven, take out the piece of parchment paper, and bake for another 15 minutes without the Dutch oven lid. This last 15 minutes without the lid, is what gives that golden crispy texture. Cooking times may vary for this, just keep an eye on it until your bread has reached your desired color level.

Remove bread from oven, and place on a cutting board to cool slightly.


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