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crusty bread in a cast iron pot

(3 ratings)
Recipe by
Valeree Dunbar
Sparta, MI

This is so easy. Just let it sit overnight and then bake. You can also add your favorite spices to this recipe like rosemary, cinnamon, or even cheese.

(3 ratings)
prep time 30 Min
cook time 45 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For crusty bread in a cast iron pot

  • 3 c
    unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    instant or rapid rise yeast
  • 1 1/2 c
    room temperature water

How To Make crusty bread in a cast iron pot

  • 1
    In large mixing bowl whisk together flour, salt, and yeast. Add room temperature or lukewarm water and mix until a shaggy mixture forms. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside for 12 to 18 hours. Overnight works good.
  • 2
    Heat oven to 450 degrees. When oven reaches 450 place a cast iron pot with lid in the oven and heat pot for 30 minutes.
  • 3
    Meanwhile pour dough onto heavily floured surface and shape into ball. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit while pot is heating.
  • 4
    Remove pot from oven and place dough inside pot. Cover and return to oven and bake for 30 minutes. Remove lid and bake additional 15 minutes. Remove bread from oven and place bread on cooling rack.