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The secret to making no-fail artisan loaves at home is a Dutch oven! Wonderfully chewy crust every time. The flavor won't be overwhelmingly sour in this sourdough loaf, but it is wonderfully flavorful.

Recipe Summary

20 mins
50 mins
4 hrs
5 hrs 10 mins
1 loaf


Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine water, sugar, sourdough starter, yeast, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Stir in flour and flaxseed meal. Knead dough with either your hands or an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment for 5 minutes. Place dough in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise for 2 hours.

  • Punch the dough down, turn onto a lightly floured surface, and knead briefly to shape into a ball. Place in a bowl lined with parchment paper. Cover with a kitchen towel and allow to rise until doubled in size, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

  • Meanwhile, place an empty 6-quart Dutch oven in the oven and preheat the oven to 475 degrees F (245 degrees C).

  • Slit the top of the loaf 1/4-inch deep with a very sharp knife. Carefully place the dough, still on the parchment paper, into the hot Dutch oven and cover with the lid.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove the lid and continue to bake for 20 minutes more. Remove bread from the Dutch oven and let cool on a wire rack for at least 1 hour before slicing.

Cook's Notes:

Use your favorite sourdough starter.

Cutting into the loaf too soon will make the crumb (the inner part of the loaf) turn gummy.

Nutrition Facts

242 calories; protein 5.7g; carbohydrates 50.8g; fat 1.8g; cholesterol 0.1mg; sodium 199.6mg. Full Nutrition