Dutch oven bread

For 1 large loaf

1 kg flour (I always do a combination of flour and whole wheat flour)
14 g yeast
700 ml lukewarm water
3 tsp salt

Optional; 2 tbsp cane sugar
Optional; seeds

Mix the yeast with the lukewarm water and set aside for a few minutes.

Then mix all ingredients in the mixing bowl of your food processor and let everything mix well (3 to 5 min). If you don’t have a food processor, you can also mix by hand!

Cover with a damp tea towel and let rise for 4 to 6 hours.

Sprinkle work surface with flour, remove dough from bowl; flatten the dough into a rectangle and fold the sides to the center. Then shape into a ball.

Put the dough on a sheet of baking paper and put this (baking paper + dough) in a bowl and cover again with the tea towel. Set aside for an hour.

After 30 minutes;

Put a cast iron pan, with a lid, in the oven and heat your oven for 30 minutes at 245 degrees.

After 30 minutes;

Remove the pan from the oven, remove the lid and put the dough + baking paper in the pan. Put the lid back on the pan and place in the oven. Reduce the oven temperature to 220 degrees and bake for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, remove the lid from the pan and bake for another 10 minutes.

Remove the pan from the oven and let the bread cool in it.

Enjoy your meal!

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