Easy Dutch Oven Bread
 
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Serves: 10 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 cups flour + ½ or less cup for kneading
  • 2 tablespoons active yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1½ Tablespoons salt
Instructions
  1. Combine the yeast, sugar and warm water in a bowl. Let stand for 10 minutes. The combination should become foamy, if that does not happen the yeast may be dean and you should start over.
  2. In a separate bowl sift together the flour and salt.
  3. Stir the yeast mixture and add the flour mixture in one cup at a time while stirring until the dough comes together in a ball.
  4. Remove the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 to 10 minutes.
  5. Move the dough to a lightly floured bowl and cover with a damp kitchen towel. Place it in a warm spot for 30 minutes to an hour. While the dough rises preheat the oven to 400 degrees with the Dutch oven inside.
  6. Carefully remove the Dutch oven from the preheated oven and remove the top. Gently remove the risen dough from the bowl and lightly coat it with flour. Form it to the desired shape and carefully drop it into the Dutch oven.
  7. If you want an artisan look you can cut a few slits in the top of the dough. Cover and place in the oven.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove the lid and bake for an additional 7-10 minutes, until the top begins to turn golden brown.
  9. Remove the bread from the Dutch oven and place on a cutting board to cool.
  10. Serve at will.
Recipe by Sweet Love and Ginger at http://www.sweetloveandginger.com/easy-dutch-oven-bread/