Simple Sourdough Bread in a Dutch Oven

Simple Sourdough Bread in a Dutch Oven

As promised in my recent sourdough starter post, I am excited to share one of my favorite ways to make simple sourdough bread using a dutch oven. Easy enough for beginners!

Beautiful Artisan Sourdough Bread Loaf
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Recently, I gave my sister some of my sourdough starter to try and we have been sharing recipes back and forth ever since! I think between the both of us, through trial and error, we have finally found a simple sourdough bread that is both a delicious flavor and beautiful. I am so excited to share the step-by-step instructions with you today! 

I’d like to note, I realize most of you know I am gluten free. I have not tried this with rice flour or any other mixture of flour, this is standard fed sourdough. I use regular organic flour. I also have not tested other wheat flours or rye flour but I have had friends say it’s just as delicious!

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This sourdough bread recipe makes the most perfect, delicious, artisan sourdough and if your home is anything like mine, a loaf will not last long at all. I have the recipe memorized at this point and based on how easy it is, I can throw together a loaf quickly and have it ready to bake later in the day, or the next! 

This bread is so versatile. From a side dish to sandwich bread or even a gift to someone, the beautiful loaf comes out perfectly every time and has the classic sourdough taste that is loved by so many. 

Beautiful simple sourdough artisan bread

Simple Sourdough Bread – What You Need: 

Before preparing this sourdough bread recipe, please keep in mind that it will need a minimum of 6 hours to rise before it’s ready to bake. I have let mine rise overnight before as well. Usually in the warmer months, it will rise quicker, but takes a bit longer during colder months. 

Just like your sourdough starter, if you have a warmer than room temperature place to keep your dough while it rises, you can speed up the process. 

Simple Sourdough Bread in a dutch oven

Steps for a Simple Sourdough Bread Loaf

Now, let’s find out how to make this delicious sourdough bread! First you will want to mix the dough. In a large bowl, I add the bread flour and salt. In a separate bowl, I dissolve my starter into warm water until it is completely dissolved and I add that to my salt and flour mixture. 

Steps to an easy sourdough loaf
Dissolved Sourdough Starter for bread loaf


Next, I like to mix the dough together starting with a dough whisk, then transition to my hands. You are welcome to use a whisk, stand mixer, or wooden spoon for this process, but I just feel like using my hands goes a lot quicker and I can really work the dough, mixing it together thoroughly. 

Mixing Sourdough Dough by hand

Sometimes it helps to plop your dough out onto the counter or another work surface sprinkled with a small amount of flour so you can knead and work it together, combining all the ingredients.

Forming your easy homemade sourdough loaf

Once your dough is mixed, cover your bowl with a clean, damp tea towel and set aside for 30 minutes to let your dough rest.

Simple Sourdhough Bread Recipe

You will then need to activate the yeast by stretching and folding the dough. To do this, simply pull one side of the dough up and away, letting air in. Then fold and press back into the dough, and repeat these sets of stretch three more times, turning the dough as you go. 

Folding and activating Sourdough Starter in easy homemade bread loaf
Preparing Easy Homemade Sourdough Artisan Bread

Once you have stretched and folded all four sides, place your dough back into the bowl and cover once again with a clean, damp towel. Be sure your towel is damp, if not you will get a crusty hard surface on your dough which you want to avoid. 

How to make sourdough bread
Covering Sourdough to allow it to rise

Now let your dough rise (preferably in a warmer area of your kitchen) for 6-8 hours. Once your dough has risen close to double in size, you are ready to shape it for baking! 

First, flour your countertop or breadboard well and remove your dough from the mixing bowl, placing it on a floured surface. 

Resting Sourdough Bread  Loaf FInal Rise

Follow the steps you used for activating your yeast before rising by once again folding all four sides into the center. Then let your dough rest for 10-15 minutes. 

After your dough is finished resting, take a clean towel or a banneton or proofing basket and dust it with flour. If using a towel, line your bowl with the floured towel and place your dough inside. Cover to continue the rising process for an additional 45-60 minutes. 

Shaping Sourdough on a floured surface for simple sourdough bread
How to create a simple sourdough bread loaf
Simple Sour Dough Bread Rising Process

When your dough is almost done rising, preheat your stove to 450º and prepare your dutch oven or loaf pan.

Once your dough has finished rising, cover the bowl with a piece of parchment paper and flip your bowl upside down dropping your dough onto the paper. 

This is the fun part – scoring your sourdough. You can get as creative as you’d like, or just keep it simple! I like to use a sharp knife, but my sister says that a razor blade works better. Eventually I would love to purchase a bread lame for this process, but you really don’t need one. 

Scoring your bread keeps it from cracking while baking. For this loaf, I floured the top and scored an “x” on the dough. 

Scoring a homemade easy sourdough bread loaf

Once you are happy with your score, take the four corners of your parchment paper and lift the dough into your dutch oven. Cover it and place it in your preheated stove to bake for thirty minutes. 

Easy Dutch Oven Sourdough Bread

After thirty minutes, remove your lid and bake it for an additional 20 minutes. 

Easy dutch oven bread

Once your bread is finished, pull it out from the dutch oven and allow it to rest on a cooling rack for an hour (but truthfully ours never rests that long).

Beautiful Homemade Sourdough Loaf

Once it has cooled, your sourdough loaf will be ready to slice, serve and enjoy! Every crumb will be enjoyed, guaranteed!

Beautiful simple sourdough artisan bread
Simple and Delicious Homemade Sourdough Bread
Simple Sourdough Bread in a dutch oven
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Simple Sourdough Bread in a Dutch Oven

Super simple sourdough bread recipe that anyone can make!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword bread recipe, simple, simple bread recipe, simple sourdough, sourdough bread recipe
Prep Time 6 hours
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 12 Slices

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup Active Sourdough Starter
  • 1 1/2 Cup Warm Filtered Water
  • 4 1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Sea Salt

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, add your flour and salt. Dissolve your sourdough starter in the warm water until it is dissolved completely and add it to your flour and salt mixture

  2. Mix all of the ingredients thoroughly until your dough is formed, cover with a damp towel and let rest for 30 minutes

  3. Pull sections of your dough away from the main portion to fold and activate the dough on all four sides

  4. Cover your dough with a damp towel and set aside to allow it to rise for a minimum of 6 hours

  5. Once your dough has risen a minimum of 6 hours, remove your dough from the mixing bowl onto a floured surface

  6. Shape the dough by folding four different sides again into the center of your dough and let your dough rest 10-15 minutes

  7. Place the dough into a bowl lined with a floured towel or banneton cover and let rise an additional 60 minutes

  8. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees

  9. Once your dough has risen an additional 60 minutes, cover with parchment paper and flip your bowl upside down, dropping your dough onto the paper

  10. Take a sharp knife or bread lame and score your bread

  11. Take all four corners of the parchment paper to lift your dough and place it into the dutch oven covered. Bake for 30 minutes.

  12. After 30 minutes, uncover and bake an additional 20 minutes.

  13. After 20 minutes, remove loaf from dutch oven onto a cooling rack

  14. Let finished loaf rest for an hour, serve and enjoy!

Beautiful Homemade Sourdough Loaf

As you can see, the final product is so beautiful. This recipe has not failed me yet! Now it’s time to make your own simple, sourdough bread loaf! I would love to know in the comments if you try out this recipe, especially if it’s your first loaf of sourdough bread!

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26 Comments

  1. Looks scrumptious! Nothing as satisfying as making your own bread and eating it warm, slathered with softened butter (unsalted, of course). Unfortunately I am eating low carb these days — doctor’s orders — so it will be some time before I attempt this recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    Loved the recipe! Was surprised how simple it really was, and the bread turned out delicious, crispy crust…so good!

  3. Hello! I just wanted to let you know how much I’ve enjoyed making this recipe. For me, it’s easy, straight forward and not fussy….just perfect. Thank you for sharing!

  4. 5 stars
    Thank you for posting this recipe. Mine turned out great! As an amateur sour dough baker I was surprised at how easy it was in the end. Bless you. Bek (Australia)

  5. Hey Andrea! I notice in a lot of your videos you store both your kefir and sourdough starter side by side on the counter with the lids loosely sitting on top. I was wondering if you’ve ever had any trouble with them interacting with one another during fermentation? I always thought you had to keep different fermented foods at least 8 feet apart. Also, have you ever had trouble with fruit flies getting into your kefir and or sourdough starter being that you use the lids instead of the flour sack/rubberband method? I ask bc I really like the way yours looks on the counter as opposed to mine! The flour sack/rubber band method is just so not pretty! I’d like you try your method but I was nervous about the 8 foot rule!

    1. Oh my goodness, I have never read that about fermented foods, but I have never had an issue! I also have not had an issue with fruit flies. I keep the lid cracked but not enough for bugs to get in. I hope this helps!

      1. Thank you! I might try your method because it’s so much prettier on the counter that way. Fruit flies tend to find my kitchen every year so I’m hoping they won’t get in mine haha. Anyway, thanks for the recipes. Two of yours that are our faves are the Apple pancake skillet and the yogurt parfaits. Never thought to use honey in plain yogurt, but it’s great. Thank you!

  6. 5 stars
    I love this recipe, although I’ve since started tweaking it and I added 1/3 cup starter for stronger flavor and sometimes 2 tablespoons chopped rosemary. Tomorrow I’m going to infuse the water with saffron before dissolving the starter. Then add garlic to it as well!

      1. hello!
        I’m on my 3rd attempt at making a starter. I’m not giving up this time. I have a few days to go before it’s ready but can’t wait to try your recipe. I was having a hard time with finding a warm place for my starter. our home is cold. I’ve been putting it in my microwave with a hot water bottle. lol
        seems to be helping. I will try to come back and let you know how the bread turns out. Thank you for the recipe.
        God Bless
        Kimberly

        1. So good to hear! Don’t give up, I am sure you will get it and once you do, it’s not hard at all to keep up with!

      1. Hello Haley! I do not preheat my dutch oven for this simple sourdough bread recipe! I know others who do, but I do not. I hope this helps! 🙂

  7. Can the bread be left on counter overnight instead of 6-8 hours or will it over ferment. And if not, can it be put in fridge overnight to slow the ferment and pulled out in the morning to begin the ferment. Trying to figure feeding the starter and fermenting in a day to my convenience. Thanks in advance!

    1. Hello Tracy! Yes, you can leave it out longer! They say the longer you leave it out, the more “sour” it will become (which is actually very beneficial for your gut). Some leave it out up to 24 hours! So completely up to you, but overnight on the counter is just fine!

  8. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this recipe!! I tried several others before I came across this one and you are spot on with this being the simplest method out there. After baking several bricks using other recipes, my teenage son and I were thrilled to find a winner! I’ve baked it two days in a row and am a little concerned that I may have to make it daily now to keep up with his appetite!

    I mentioned your channel in a recent post on my YouTube channel (@eviesacres), so hopefully, others will have the same success. Thanks again!

    1. Oh my goodness, I am so happy this simple sourdough recipe worked well for you! I truly feel like it’s the easiest out there and it has worked for me in a loaf pan as well! It was also so sweet of you to mention me on your youtube channel, thank you so so much!

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