Easy Dutch Oven Bread ~ this simple white bread recipe is perfect for beginning bread bakers, or experienced cooks who crave a quick delicious loaf
Servings: 1large loaf
4 1/2cupsall purpose flour (562 grams)
1Tbspsugar (11 grams)
2 1/2tspsalt (feel free to reduce this to 1 or 1 1/2 if you are watching salt intake)
2 1/4tspinstant yeast, or 2 3/4 tsp dry active yeast
1 2/3cuplukewarm water (379 grams)
In a mixing bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer, mix all the ingredients together.
Knead by hand, or in your mixer with a dough hook, for 6-7 minutes until the dough is smooth and stretchy.
Rub a little oil in a bowl and add the dough, cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for 1-2 hours. The dough should roughly double in size.
Gently turn your dough out onto a lightly floured surface and shape it into a large round loaf.
Line your Dutch oven (or baking sheet, if using) with parchment paper. Place your dough inside.
Cover again with plastic wrap and allow the dough to rise for about 45 minutes. It won't rise as dramatically this time, but should look puffed up.
Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 450F.
When the dough is done rising, use a sharp knife to slash it across the top. Slashing, or scoring, is done to allow the bread to expand and to control the way it rises. If you don't slash the dough it can become misshapen as it bakes.
Place the lid on top of your Dutch oven and place in the oven.
Bake for about 45 minutes. Remove the lid for the last 15 minutes or so of baking. The bread should be golden brown.
Allow your bread to cool completely before slicing.
You can pre-heat your Dutch oven in the oven before placing your risen bread dough inside, which some think helps it rise even better. If you don't have parchment paper, lightly oil your pan and coat with cornmeal to prevent sticking.This bread makes great sandwiches, just let it cool completely before slicing with a sharp serrated bread knife.Recipe from King Arthur Flour.
https://theviewfromgreatisland.com/easy-dutch-oven-bread-recipe/ March 25, 2020