Dutch Oven Sourdough Bread


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.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
5 hrs 10 mins
1 loaf


  • 1 cup warm water

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • cup sourdough starter

  • 2 teaspoons rapid-rise yeast

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 3 ⅔ cups unbleached all-purpose flour

  • cup flaxseed meal


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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 (per serving)

242 Calories
2g Fat
51g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 242
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 200mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 51g 18%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 6g
Calcium 22mg 2%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 109mg 2%

* 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.