Want to know how to make dutch oven bread? Try our quick and easy recipe with just 4 ingredients.

Quick & Easy Dutch Oven Bread Recipe

June 21 , 2016 by: Janette Staub Bread

Just like Oprah, I LOVE BREAD!

…But I’ll be honest, when I was researching new bread recipes, I was quite skeptical by some. Bread that only needs 4 ingredients and you don’t have to knead it? I mean, what?!

Quick & easy bread baked inside a dutch oven. Just 4 ingredients!

I’m so used to busting out our KitchenAid mixer with it’s dough hook attachment that, it just seemed too good to be true.

Seriously all you need make this incredibly easy bread recipe is:
  • flour
  • salt
  • yeast
  • water
  • a bowl
  • a wooden spoon
  • a dutch oven

And that is IT!

Mind you, the dough does have to sit for quite some time before baking it (12-24 hours, to be exact). I let mine sit for around 17. Just mix the ingredients the evening before and you’re good to go by late morning or early afternoon the next day.
Quick & easy bread baked inside a dutch oven. Just 4 ingredients!
After 17 hours, I punched it down and let it rise for another hour. The dough is going to look wet and feel sticky but in the end, a perfect loaf of warm & delicious bread comes out of that oven.
My dutch oven is 6 quarts so the loaf is wider then it is tall.  If you have a smaller one, I’d use that just so that your loaf of bread is a little more symmetrical.  But it’s whatever you prefer really.  Still tastes the same in the end!
Learn how to make bread in the dutch oven with this easy recipe.
If I had known baking bread was this easy, I would have been making my own for a long time now instead of wasting money at the store.  It is a shame I’m cutting down on carbs these days but hey, there’s always cheat day!
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Quick & Easy Dutch Oven Bread Recipe
  • 3-4 cups of flour (depending on humidity and temperature you may need more)
  • 1¾ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp active dry yeast
  • 1½ cups warm water
  1. The night before you want your bread to be baked, mix together the flour, salt, yeast, and water. Let sit for 12-24 hours. (It will be sticky but will double in size and will form air bubbles on the top).
  2. Once air bubbles form, punch dough down and let rise for another hour.
  3. While your dough is rising for the second time, pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees. 30 min before you plan on putting your dough in the oven, place your dutch oven in the heated oven.
  4. Once your dough has risen, take out the dutch oven, put your ball of dough in the dutch oven, cover and place back in the oven for 25 min.
  5. After 25 min, remove the lid of the dutch oven and bake the bread for another 5-15 min or until the top of your bread is browned.
  6. Remove from oven, cool for a few minutes, cut into slices and slather on the butter!


  • So I preheat to 500 and bake with lid on for 20 min remove lid bake 20 more on high fan to crisp bread. It comes out taller and crisper

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