Easy Dutch Oven Sourdough

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You don't need to purchase yeast when you can bake sourdough by using its starter.

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Sourdough is a bread that can replace all different types of bread and that you can bake without the need for yeast. What more can you ask? It is an excellent accompaniment to breakfast, soups, and pasta, and it can replace sandwich bread; the list goes on.

I love adding fresh herbs from my garden to elevate a sophisticated piece of edible history—one of the most ancient forms of bread and also the most delicious, in my opinion.

iBuen provecho!

5 from 2 votes

Easy Dutch Oven Sourdough

A basic approach to making a beautifully round sourdough.




  • Combine all of the ingredients in the mixing bowl of a stand mixer and knead the dough with the dough hook attachment on low speed for about 5-7 minutes.
  • You can alternatively knead by hand in either a mixing bowl or on a clean surface. You'll manually knead until the dough no longer sticks to your hands or the surface on which you're kneading.
  • Once your dough ball clears the sides, meaning it no longer is sticking to the sides of the glass bowl and there are no crumbs on the bottom of the bowl, it is ready to be manually kneaded.
  • Remove the dough from the mixing bowl and place it on a lightly floured counter, knead by hand to form a smooth dough ball.
  • Place your dough ball in either a lightly greased bowl or a lightly floured banneton basket, cover with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap, and let it sit to proof until it doubles in size, approximately 2-4 hours, depending on the maturity of your starter or if you used instant yeast.
  • 30 minutes before baking, place your empty and covered Dutch oven on the middle rack of the oven and preheat to 500 degrees.
  • Once the dough has doubled in size, sprinkle with flour and invert it onto a piece of parchment paper.
  • Sprinkle the bottom side of the dough that is now facing up with flour and score the dough using a Lahm.
  • Using oven mitts, remove the Dutch oven from the oven, place it on the stove, and remove the lid.
  • Carefully hold the edges of the parchment paper containing the sourdough and gently place inside the preheated Dutch oven.
  • Using oven mitts, cover the Dutch oven and return to the middle rack of the preheated oven.
  • Lower the temperature to 450 degrees and set a timer for 20 minutes.
  • Next, while using oven mitts, remove the lid and set the timer for 15 minutes.
  • Lastly, remove the Dutch oven from the oven using oven mitts, return the loaf to either a baking stone or bare rack, and set a timer for 5 minutes. Bake until sourdough is a deep golden brown; an additional 5 minutes may be needed.
  • Use oven mitts to transfer the loaf to a cooling rack and allow it to cool for 2 hours or until sourdough has reached room temperature.


  • Weigh your ingredients for accuracy. Otherwise, you may need to add a little more water or flour.
  • If you prefer more robust sourdough notes, proof your dough for 12-14 hours before baking.


How to include your child(ren):  Have them grow their starter. It’s a great way to teach responsibility!  In the beginning, they have to feed it twice a day, talk about proving themselves before getting them that pet they’ve been begging you for.  They can also sharpen their elementary math skills with this project while ensuring that you’ll never need to purchase yeast again.  It’s a win-win!
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, brunch, Main Course, Salad, Side Dish, Snack, Soup
Cuisine: American, Egyptian, european, French, Swedish
Keyword: Bread, Leven, Sourdough, Starter

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  1. Lourdes Plasencia says:

    5 stars
    Delicious. Crunchy on the outside and soft in the center, with the light punch of sour. Love it.

  2. Daniela Cavazos says:

    5 stars
    So delicious and simple. I will definitely be making this weekly!

    1. I am so happy you enjoy this recipe! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review!

  3. Do you cover on the proof?

    1. Hi, Jan. Great question! Yes, cover the dough during the proofing process.

  4. Can I put honey in it?

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