Crusty Dutch Oven Bread Recipe

Crusty Dutch Oven Bread Recipe

How To Make Crusty Dutch Oven Bread

Enjoy crusty homemade dutch oven bread made with just 4 simple ingredients! It’s a soft on the side and crackly on the outside bread perfect for snacking.

Preparation: 2 hours 15 minutes
Cooking: 55 minutes
Total: 3 hours 10 minutes



  • 4cupsbread flour
  • cupswater
  • 2tspsalt
  • 1tspactive dry yeast


  1. Pour the bread flour into the bowl of an electric stand mixer and add water, followed by salt. Sprinkle the yeast over the surface and allow to dissolve for about 5 minutes.

  2. Mix on medium speed using the paddle attachment until the dough comes together. Replace the paddle with a dough hook. Continue mixing for about 10 minutes until dough is smooth and elastic.

  3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow to the dough to rise to about twice its size for 30 to 45 minutes. Push a finger into the dough. The dough should give some resistance, but not spring back. If it springs back, let it rise longer.

  4. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and punch down to expel excess gas and redistribute the yeast.

  5. Cover with a clean dish towel and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes.

  6. Shape the dough into a boule by pushing back and forth on the counter in a circular motion until there is a round, smooth ball.

  7. Cover dough with a clean dish towel and allow to rise for about 1 hour.

  8. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Grease a Dutch oven.

  9. Slice a very shallow “X” into the top of the bread with a sharp knife to help it expand while baking. Place loaf into the prepared Dutch oven and cover with the lid.

  10. Bake in the the oven for 10 minutes. Reduce temperature to 375 degrees F and continue to bake, covered, for 20 minutes.

  11. Remove the lid and continue baking for 25 to 30 minutes until deep golden.

  12. Serve and enjoy.


  • Calories: 165.94kcal
  • Fat: 0.78g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.11g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 0.08g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.33g
  • Carbohydrates: 33.26g
  • Fiber: 1.19g
  • Sugar: 0.14g
  • Protein: 5.61g
  • Sodium: 175.86mg
  • Calcium: 7.95mg
  • Potassium: 48.89mg
  • Iron: 2.02mg
  • Vitamin C: 0.00mg
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