Artisan Dutch Oven Bread

Want to bake artisan bread in a dutch oven? Here’s an easy Dutch oven bread with a crispy crust and tender inside: perfect for sandwiches.

Dutch oven bread

Are you looking for an artisan bread recipe that’s easy to make and has that perfect crusty bread texture? Meet our Dutch oven bread recipe! It’s got a beautiful crust and artisan bread appearance, but it takes only about 30 minutes of active time. It’s baked in a Dutch oven to get that crispy crunchy exterior. And the flavor? It’s got a very light tang from some Greek yogurt, and it’s the perfect texture for making sandwiches. I like to call it “cheater’s sourdough” because it’s way less work than sourdough and just as delicious. Because Alex and I are so enthusiastic about the merits of home bread baking, we’ve made a video tutorial too. Bring on the bread!

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Video tutorial: Dutch oven bread

This Dutch oven bread is very easy to make: the only tricky part is shaping the dough into a beautiful loaf shape. Because it’s difficult to describe in words, we’ve created a video tutorial to walk you through it! Here I am in our kitchen showing you how to make it!

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Dutch oven bread ingredients

To make the best Dutch oven bread, you’ll need a handful of very specific ingredients. To ensure you get perfect results every time, it’s crucial that you follow the recipe exactly as written. For this Dutch oven bread recipe, you’ll need:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Bread flour
  • Whole wheat flour
  • Kosher salt
  • Instant or active dry yeast
  • Purified water
  • Greek yogurt

Note that we’ve successfully made bread in a Dutch oven using plain coconut yogurt as well, so it’s possible to make this bread vegan if desired.

Greek yogurt bread recipe

How to make artisan Dutch oven bread

Now, Alex is the bread baking master in our household, and he’s created this simple method for people (like me!) who might not be up for the labor of sourdough. As I mentioned, I like to call it “cheater’s sourdough” because it’s way less work than sourdough and just as delicious. It takes very little hands on time: most of the time in the recipe is waiting for the bread to proof and bake. For this recipe, you’ll need a stand mixer and a Dutch oven. Here are the basic steps for baking bread in a Dutch oven.

  • Mix the dough (10 minutes). Our recipe uses three types of flours to get that perfect artisan bread flavor and texture, and it’s a Greek yogurt bread recipe to bring a slight tang. You’ll use a stand mixer to knead the dough since it’s too sticky to knead by hand.
  • Proof the dough (about 1.5 hours). Allow the dough to double in size in a warm place. We typically use our oven proof setting, and cover our bread in reusable plastic bag.
  • Shape the dough (5 minutes). Shape the dough into a loaf shape. It’s easiest to watch the video above for this part!
  • Proof the dough again (30 minutes). Allow the dough to rest again, this time at room temperature. Start preheating the oven with the Dutch oven inside.
  • Bake the dough (40 minutes). Place your bread directly into the Dutch oven, and bake for 17 minutes. Then remove it, reduce the oven temp, and bake for another 23 minutes.

That’s it! You’ll find this bread tastes AMAZING, and has the perfect crispy crust and soft interior. It’s definitely a favorite in our family. And we love that the texture is just perfect for sandwiches. Are you ready for baking bread in a Dutch oven? Head to our recipe below.

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Holding pan with hot pads

Can I add seeds or grains to Dutch oven bread?

We haven’t tried adding grains or seeds to either the top of this Dutch oven bread or mixed into the dough itself. If you’re craving a seedy bread, we recommend making our No Knead Artisan Multigrain Bread. It’s also very easy to make and tastes amazing!

Can I freeze no knead bread?

Yes, this no knead artisan bread freezes incredibly well. You can either freeze the entire loaf, or pre-slice the loaf and freeze it that way (this method works well if you plan on using it for sandwiches over a period of time). Just note that you’ll need to freeze this bread in a freezer bag, otherwise it may get freezer burn or dry out once frozen.

dutch oven bread Loaf on cutting board

Our recommended Dutch oven

If you’re interested in trying artisan Dutch oven bread, we assume you already have a Dutch oven! But if you’re looking for a Dutch oven or an upgrade, here are the Dutch ovens that we use and recommend:

Baking bread Dutch oven

Required tools

Making Dutch oven bread requires just a few more tools outside of a Dutch oven! We’ve linked to the exact tools that we used in the video, but you can use whatever suits you!

  1. Large dutch oven
  2. Stand mixer for kneading (or this less expensive version)
  3. Plastic bag for proofing (reuse it every time you make bread)
  4. Kitchen scale for measuring
  5. Parchment paper
  6. Bench scraper for shaping the dough
  7. Lame or sharp knife for scoring the bread
  8. Oven gloves for easily removing the bread from the oven (optional)

We hope you’ll try out our method for how to bake bread in a Dutch oven: let us know if you try it and what you think! Let us know @acouplecooks or in the comments below. And one last thing: this bread is perfect slathered with butter and a bit of Homemade Strawberry Jam (just a tip!).

How to bake bread in a Dutch oven

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If you love baking bread in a Dutch oven, here are a few more recipes you’ll enjoy:

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This recipe is…

This artisan Dutch oven bread is vegetarian and has a vegan, dairy-free and plant-based variation (see below).

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Artisan Dutch Oven Bread


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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours
  • Yield: 10 slices 1x

Description

Want to bake artisan bread in a dutch oven? Here’s an easy Dutch oven bread with a crispy crust and tender inside: perfect for sandwiches.


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Ingredients

  • 200 grams all purpose flour (1 1/3 cups)
  • 200 grams bread flour (1 1/3 cups)
  • 80 grams whole wheat flour (1/2 cup)
  • 11 grams kosher salt (1/2 tablespoon)
  • 6 grams instant or active dry yeast (2 teaspoons)
  • 325 grams purified water, room temperature (1 1/3 cups)
  • 50 grams Greek yogurt (1/4 cup) or substitute plain vegan yogurt*

Instructions

  1. Mix the dough: In the bowl of a stand mixer with a dough hook, combine the flours, kosher salt, and yeast. Stir lightly with the dough hook to combine. Add the water and Greek yogurt and stir again until just combined. (Note: You need a stand mixer for this recipe as kneading by hand would be too sticky.)
  2. Proof the dough: Place bowl and dough hook on stand mixer and knead for 8 minutes on low speed. After mixing, transfer the dough to a small bowl. Cover and allow to rise in a warm place (we use an 80° proofing oven) until doubled in size — 1.5 to 2.5 hours.
  3. Preheat the Dutch oven: When the dough has risen, place a Dutch oven in the oven and preheat to 475°F. Prepare a piece of parchment paper about 8 inches wide by 12 inches long.
  4. Shape the dough (watch the video instructions!): Scrape the dough onto a lightly floured counter; the dough should be formed into a gently rounded shape. Rub just enough flour onto the top of the dough so that it isn’t tacky. Use the bench scraper to flip the dough so that the floured side is down. Gently stretch the dough into a rectangle. Moving quickly, fold the top third of the dough down, and the bottom third up to create a packet. Rotate the dough 90 degrees and gently roll it into a log shape. Be careful to not press the dough or deflate it. Use your hands to gently pull the dough tight and pinch off the seams at the end of the dough. Carefully transfer the dough to the parchment paper and allow to rest uncovered for 30 minutes.
  5. Bake the bread: After the dough has rested, use a lame or sharp knife to cut a shallow slit at angle across the top of the dough. As quickly as possible, using a hot pad remove the lid from the Dutch oven and carefully place the parchment paper with dough into the Dutch oven. Cover it and set the timer for 17 minutes.
  6. Reduce the oven temp and continue baking: After 17 minutes, reduce the oven temperature to 400°F. With a hot pad remove the Dutch oven, carefully take out the bread. and set the bread directly onto the oven rack. Bake for an additional 23 minutes.
  7. Cool the bread: Remove the bread from the oven and allow it to cool on a cooling rack for at least 45 minutes. After cooling, the bread is ready to eat. Store the bread wrapped in cloth or in a bread bag on the counter for up to 2 days, or freeze it wrapped in foil in a plastic bag for several months.

Notes

*This Dutch oven bread has been successfully tested using plain coconut yogurt as a vegan variation.

  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Dutch oven bread, Artisan bread dutch oven, Baking bread in dutch oven, How to bake bread in a dutch oven, Greek yogurt bread recipe

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

18 Comments

  • Reply
    Sandra Lea
    March 14, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    I just purchased a Lodge dutch oven and the instructions say to never heat an empty dutch oven.

    • Reply
      Alex
      March 14, 2019 at 7:38 pm

      Hi!

      We’ve never had an issue with our Lodge dutch oven, but I believe they instruct that so that the enamel doesn’t have a risk of cracking. I think it would be more dangerous to place it cold in an hot oven but I’m not sure!

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    John Hogan
    March 16, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    Sonja & Alex, I’ve followed you for some time and this is the first recipe that I’ve had an opportunity to prepare. This bread is amazing! Just out of the oven and cooled just long enough to taste. Scumptious! My partner and I had a cheese plate and a nice Martin Ray Pinot and a slice of this was our desert.

    • Reply
      Alex
      March 16, 2019 at 8:44 pm

      That sounds like my perfect meal! So glad you enjoyed it :)

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    Nathaniel C
    March 31, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    Love this recipe! A great alternative to the sourdough when we’re more pressed for time.
    Have you experimented with adding seeds or grains to your breads either in the dough or on top? Any recommendations for doing it effectively?

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    Kerry
    June 14, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    I have tried so many bread recipes and none of them turned out as beautifully as this loaf did. I weighed vs measuring (dry and wet). So impressed. No more endless searching for the perfect bread dough. Thank you!

    • Reply
      Alex
      June 15, 2019 at 2:26 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it!!!

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    Dave
    July 2, 2019 at 8:17 am

    I just made this bread, the bread is perfect, nice crust, chewy fully cooked inside. Great taste!
    The instructions are spot on, this is very easy to make.

    Thank you,

    Dave

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    Rachel
    July 4, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    I just made this and its not as golden brown as yours is. What am I doing wrong? I dusted with flour like in the video and made the cut on the top. Help.

    • Reply
      Alex
      July 6, 2019 at 9:12 am

      Hi! Just try an extra minute or two in oven the next time!

  • Reply
    tom
    October 9, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    Today I made the first attempt. Full disclosure; I used less than half the amount of salt the recipe called for (my wife hates salty food. I always say she can taste three grains of salt in an Olympic sized pool) but all the other ingredients were measured out. The dough was VERY sticky and that was my first clue. It didn’t clean off the sides of the mixing bowl like the video showed. It lost all shape after the proofing and had all the structure of a cow pie. I managed to bake it and it looks okay, but the result isn’t as tall as I had hoped. Next time I will start with a lot less water and add a few drops as needed.

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    Rich
    October 26, 2019 at 8:12 am

    I had the same problem as Tom. Dough was extremely sticky and hard to handle. Had trouble folding it over on itself and keeping it from not flattening out during the last 30 minute proof. Almost tossed it but I figured I’ve come this far. Tasted great!!! But, would have liked a taller bread. What did I do wrong???

    • Reply
      Alex Overhiser
      October 26, 2019 at 1:53 pm

      Did you use a scale or measure with measuring cups? It probably just needs a bit more flour.

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    Anonymous
    October 26, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Measured with a scale

    • Reply
      Alex Overhiser
      October 26, 2019 at 3:10 pm

      That’s weird! What brand of bread flour are you using?

      • Reply
        Anonymous
        October 28, 2019 at 8:33 am

        What brand do you recommend?? For the other flours as well.

        • Reply
          Alex Overhiser
          October 28, 2019 at 10:03 am

          I usually use King Arthur brand for all flours. I’ve always had good results!

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