We offer free shipping in the US & EU* Learn More

June 04, 2020 3 min read

When you think of a Dutch oven, you probably think of hearty stews, rich chili, or a perfectly roasted joint of meat. But they are also perfect for baking.

If you're new to baking bread, this article will walk you through the process. You'll soon realize that Dutch oven bread is easy to make and looks incredibly professional, and we've also included a simple Dutch oven bread recipe for you to try.

star

Dutch Oven Bread FAQs

Can you proof bread faster with an instant pot?

Waiting for bread to rise is a slow time-consuming process, and if you forgot to account for it when planning your cooking time, you can really get caught in a bind. If you have an instant pot, you can significantly lower the amount of time you need to let your bread rise or proof.

The yogurt setting on instant pots can provide a low consistent heat much like the professional proofers that bakeries use.

Instructions for instant pot bread proofing

  1. Lay dough on a sheet of parchment paper.
  2. Insert your steaming rack into the instant pot.
  3. Place the parchment paper containing your dough on top of the steaming rack.
  4. Securely attach the lid.
  5. Set the valve to "venting"
  6. Press the "Yogurt" button on low mode
  7. Remove dough when it becomes bubbly and sticky.

*The process length may vary between pots, but it took about 24 min for our dough to double.

Can you bake bread in enameled cast iron?

Yes. The size and shape of enameled cast iron Dutch ovens makes them perfect for baking bread.

Their tight-fitting lids, which can be left on during the baking process, trap steam within the pot. Trapping the steam will give you the perfect shiny crust every time.

For the best results, you'll want to preheat your Dutch oven before placing your dough inside. This will ensure that as soon as the baking process starts, steam will be created from the moisture in the dough, without needing to wait for the pot to warm up.

You'll find that home-cooked bread cooked in an enameled cast iron Dutch oven will turn out looking like a loaf from the artisan bakery, with a beautifully airy and fluffy interior topped by a golden crust with the crunch and crackle you'd expect from a professional bakery's bread.

With cast iron, bread dough, and the right amount of time you'll be baking the best looking and tasting bread you've ever tried.

How do you keep bread from sticking to a Dutch oven?

If you find that your dough is sticking to the interior surface of your Dutch oven, or it's proving difficult to remove once baked, causing tearing, you can remedy this by preparing the surface before use or you can line this double Dutch oven with parchment paper.

Simply coat the inside with a thin layer of vegetable oil using a paper towel or pastry brush, or alternatively use an oil spray to evenly cover the interior. Once you have covered the inside with oil, sprinkle a small amount of cornflour or semolina flour around the sides and bottom of the pot.

You may find that this causes a small amount of smoking as you bring the pan up to temperature - don't worry, that's normal. If there's a significant amount of smoke, you may want to ensure you haven't over oiled the surface, added too much flour, or added it in a way that caused it to form clumps.

How to bake bread in a Dutch oven?

Our favorite Dutch oven bread recipe is simple enough for beginners, but will consistently produce beautiful bread that is sure to wow your friends and family.

This is a no knead sourdough bread recipe. If you don't know how to make bread dough already, this is a great introduction, as it doesn't require the extensive kneading which many other types of bread do (and that's the hardest part!)

What types of bread can you make in a Dutch oven?

Once you've mastered the basics of baking bread, there is a whole range of Dutch oven bread recipes out there for you to try. You can get started with kneading your own dough, which is tough at first but satisfying (and a great forearm workout!).

You can experiment with adding toppings to your loaves, such as seeds, grains, or even cheeses.

You can also add ingredients to the dough itself to make a fruit bread or flavored loaves.

There are hundreds of combinations for baking bread to try out with your Dutch oven - the possibilities are there to be explored and enjoyed!


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Recipes

Stir-Fry Seasoning With Sweet And Spicy Heat
Stir-Fry Seasoning With Sweet And Spicy Heat

May 03, 2021 4 min read

Stir-fry is a super convenient weeknight dinner - even with making stir-fry seasoning! Try our simple recipe for perfectly blended spices.

Read More
Gluten-Free Taco Seasoning
Gluten-Free Taco Seasoning Recipe Full of Smoky Chili Flavor

April 30, 2021 4 min read

Many pre-made taco spice blends contain gluten in their flavor-improving ingredient: malt. Keep this gluten-free taco seasoning on hand.
Read More
Keto Tacos
Keto Tacos Recipe: Low-Carb Mexican Food So Good, It'll Feel Like Cheating!

April 29, 2021 4 min read

Keto tacos may seem impossible, but this simple, low-carb recipe with cheesy baked taco shells helps Mexican night fit your low-carb diet.
Read More
Shopping Cart
(0)

Subtotal: