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Dutch Oven Artisan Bread

This bread is really so simple to make and tastes amazing!
Prep Time 3 hrs
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 45 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings

Equipment

  • Dutch Oven

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups water, (about 100 degrees F)
  • 2,25 tsp active yeast or 1 packet
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 3 1/4 cup all purpose flour, plus more for dusting

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, mix together the water, yeast, and salt until all is completely dissolved.
  • Add the flour and mix until a sticky dough forms. Don't worry about over mixing. Just be sure there are no dry areas in the dough.
  • Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and set in a warm place for 2-3 hours. I preheat my oven to 200 degrees and then turn it off. I put my bowl in there to rise.
  • Preheat your oven to 450 degrees with the dutch oven inside.
  • Place the dough on to a piece of parchment paper that is lightly dusted with flour. Fold the bottom of the dough up to the top and repeat until a nice rounded ball is formed.
  • Place the parchment paper with dough into the hot dutch oven. Score the top of the dough with 1/2 inch lines, about two.
  • Bake for 35 minutes with the lid on. After 35 minutes, remove the lid and continue baking for 10 more minutes until the top is golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack for at least one hour.