Healthy Meal Prep
Crusty Dutch Oven Bread Recipe

Crusty Dutch Oven Bread


Baked crisp and golden in a Dutch oven, this easy white bread loaf requires simple ingredients and preparation.


  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast


  1. Pour bread flour into the bowl of an electric stand mixer and add water, followed by salt. Sprinkle yeast over the surface and allow to dissolve, 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 until dough is smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes.
  3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow to the dough to rise to about twice its size, 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. Cover with a clean dish towel and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Shape the dough into a boule by pushing back and forth on the counter in a circular motion until you have a round, smooth ball. Cover dough with a clean dish towel and allow to rise, about 1 hour.
  6. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Grease a Dutch oven.
  7. 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.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Reduce temperature to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and continue to bake, covered, for 20 minutes. Remove the lid and continue baking until deep golden, 25 to 30 minutes.

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Nutritional Information

Crusty Dutch Oven Bread

Servings Per Recipe: 12
Calories: 145.4
% Daily Value *
protein: 10 %
carbohydrates: 9 %
exchange other carbs:
dietary fiber: 4 %
fat: 1 %
saturated fat: 1 %
vitamin a iu:
niacin equivalents: 32 %
vitamin b6: 1 %
vitamin c:
folate: 20 %
calcium: 1 %
iron: 10 %
magnesium: 4 %
potassium: 1 %
sodium: 16 %
thiamin: 33 %
calories from fat:
percent of calories from carbs:
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percent of calories from protein:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
**Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
(-)Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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