Friday, January 22, 2010

Dutch Oven Bread

In all my years (even though it hasn't been that many) of dutch oven cooking, the one thing that has brought be the most struggles, and yet also helped my confidence grow the most, is making a good loaf of bread.  I tell ya, sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't. 

Over the 2 years or so that I've been focusing on learning about it, I've found a few things that make it work more consistently:

  • Use a good, fresh, bread flour
  • Knead it enough (use the windowpane test)
  • Manage your heat carefully, and preheat the dutch oven (or at least the lid)
  • Bake it to the right temperature
  • Let it cool enough

Over the course of the next years, I'm sure that I'll learn even more, as my efforts continue.  Below, I've listed some of my better bread success stories.  Before you dive in and try any of them, however, I strongly recommend that you read my Dutch Oven Bread Baking Lens.  At the very least, it will help you understand some of the things I say when I'm explaining the recipes and the processes in these other post:

I'm far from an expert, but I think I've got some good tips.  Stick with me and we'll learn together!


Mark has discovered a love of Dutch Oven Cooking. Mark also has other sites and blogs, including and his MoBoy blog.

Mark's Other Blog Posts: Songs of Zion: More From Doug Erekson


  1. Mark, your Dutch oven bread baking lens is a great resourse for us aspiring cooks. You are exactly right, practice-practice-practice, is the key. Besides that, it's kind of fun.

  2. Cool blog, Mark! I am getting ready to sell a few Dutch Ovens on e-bay. I'll be sure to give them information on your blog for some great recipes and tips! They can make my Albondigas, too! Lisa

  3. Your posts on bread are really great. They will be a big help when I actually start to tackle DO breads--which will be soon! Thanks!

  4. I have been lucky enough to partake of Mark's dutch oven bread. Delicious! I would not have believed it would work out so well had I not tried it myself! I may even give it a whirl myself.

  5. I get the feeling I'll be coming here more often...I just made Irish soda bread in my "new"(from the thrift shop)dutch oven and it turned out great. Thanks for all the useful tips-I'll definitely be quoting you directly at and subscribing to your black pot.

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