This classic sourdough bread recipe uses a dutch oven to make a perfectly tender loaf every time. You only need 3 ingredients, including a sourdough starter and all-purpose flour, and the no-knead dough is left to rise throughout the day or overnight.
In this regard, can I bake sourdough in a cast iron Dutch oven?
Any Dutch oven or combo cooker will work for baking bread as long as its oven-safe up to 450°F (230°C) and has a tight-fitting lid. Note that some pots cannot be preheated empty so check with the manufacturer if you are unsure. I prefer a Dutch oven with lots of thermal mass: cast iron is my material of choice.
Also question is, do you bake sourdough straight from the fridge?
Yes, you can bake dough straight from the refrigerator – it does not need to come to room temperature. The dough has no problems from being baked cold and will bake evenly when baked in a very hot oven. I’ve baked many loaves straight from the fridge with great results, and haven’t noticed any problems.
Do you oil a Dutch oven when baking bread?
As long as you have a lid to cover it, the bread comes out perfectly every time. I found that using a 4- to 6-quart Dutch oven yields the perfect round shape. Fight the urge to grease your Dutch oven. Because of the high temperature, the fat will burn off almost immediately, giving your bread a charred taste.
Preheating an empty Dutch oven turns it into a steam oven. By adding the lid, it will distribute heat more evenly in the enclosed cooking vessel. This creates steam, improving the bake, flavor, crust, and rise of the bread. Essentially, steam creates deliciousness!
To stop sourdough from sticking to your dutch oven, you can either line it with parchment paper, add a light coating of oil, or sprinkle a good amount of semolina in it before adding the sourdough to bake. All three of these methods create an effective barrier between the dutch oven and the dough.
Bake the Bread
- After 30 minutes, take the parchment paper with the dough on it and place the entire thing in the preheated dutch oven. BE CAREFUL, IT’S HOT! Place the lid on and bake for 30 minutes. …
- Remove the pan from the oven and allow the bread to cool in the dutch oven or on a cooling rack. Enjoy!
In fact, many no-knead and other artisan-style breads are actually better when baked in a Dutch oven, compared to a sheet tray or bread tin. That’s because a Dutch oven creates a steamy environment for the bread to bake in. The results are superior lift and a fantastic crispy crust.
You want the Dutch oven to preheat for 30 minutes before baking your bread. The reason a Dutch oven works so well for baking sourdough is that it mimics commercial steam ovens. It traps the steam while the dough bakes, creating a beautiful crust.
Line, Oil, or flour the Dutch Oven
Line the oven with parchment paper – use with or without light oiling. Rubbing oil over the inside of your Dutch oven will prevent Dutch oven bread from sticking.
A dense sourdough sounds like the bread is under-proofed. Try increasing your bulk-ferment. A too-short bulk ferment or an immature starter that wasn’t quite ready to bake with can be the cause of an under-proofed dough. Read the snippet on proofing above and make sure you give the yeast enough time to rise.