Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Dutch Oven Artisan Bread

Well, the weather has been quite strange here lately, so you know it won't be long before Autumn hits and then the snow arrives. I really enjoyed our cooler temperatures last week, but this week, Summer decided to give us one last Hoorah and BOY is it a doozy! Since last week was so cool, it really put me in the soup and fresh bread mood. I've been wanting to try my hand at making artisan bread, but really don't have the time, or the space in the fridge to let the dough rise for hours. So, I decided to see if I could find a recipe that didn't require the 18 hrs of rising time for the dough. And I did!

This recipe is so simple, yet it yields an amazing bread, that is crunchy on the outside and perfectly soft and chewy on the inside. Not only that, but it looks awesome too! Hubby and the kids were excited to see the bread in the center of the table, waiting for us to tear right into it. It was perfect for a bowl of soup and makes killer grilled sandwiches! This bread will be making an appearance quite often, this Fall/Winter.

Easy Dutch Oven Bread
Adapted from Cornflower Blue

5-6 cups of flour
2 Tablespoons of dry yeast
2 Tablespoons of sugar
2 cups of warm water
1 1/2 Tablespoons of salt

While the dough is rising, preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit with the dutch oven inside as it heats. When the dough is ready (it should have doubled in size after 20 minutes!) you can lightly flour the top and bottom and then put the dough in the warmed dutch oven (be careful because the cast iron will be quite hot). Place the lid on top and bake your bread for 30 minutes.  Remove the lid from the dutch oven and continue to bake it for 10-15 minutes more until is lovely and brown. Let your bread cool before cutting in to it.

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Angelique Ouellette-Tower said...

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Michelle said...

Great looking loaf, Cindy. I love the crust and the shape of the bread. Thanks for linking!

Oolong said...

Thanks for sharing.
It must be delicious.

Mark - dutch oven bread cookbook said...

These breads look great! I'm assuming they were done indoors in a dutch oven inside a regular oven. I also like to bake breads using charcoal on my back porch, in cast iron camp-style dutch ovens.

Cindy Jamieson said...

Thanks Mark. Yes, this one was done inside. I wish I had an outdoor oven, that would be fantastic!

Jenifer Tong said...

This looks delicious Cindy...and so easy! I need to go buy a dutch oven!

lagar said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe. When I make it I'll link it back to you.


Anonymous said...

Just baked a loaf good except it was a bit salty, next loaf will have at least half the salt.