Dutch oven bread is an incredibly easy way to make homemade bread. There is very little to do, and the result is astonishing: a round beautiful delicious loaf of bread, which in French we call “pain de campagne” (literally “countryside bread”). The only thing you need is a dutch oven. The bread bakes inside the dutch oven, placed in the oven. No bread machine required, and you can use any flour you wish. Amazing!
My recipe is inspired by this French recipe, yet somewhat different. I used my food processor with a dough blade to knead the bread, which took less than 5 minutes. However, if you do not have a food processor, you can knead by hand, it will just take longer.
Because the dutch oven is placed in the oven at high temperature for 1 hour, the best kind of dutch oven to use is a cast iron dutch oven. I have this one:
I used fresh yeast, as I find that it makes for a softer crumb (the inside of the bread). However, if you can’t find fresh yeast in your area, you can use dry yeast. In that case, use 1 envelope of dry yeast.