dutch oven herb bread baked

Garden Herb Dutch Oven Bread

Bake up a delicious loaf of bread. This garden herb bread is baked inside a dutch oven.
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American, canadian
Keyword bread, dutch oven bread, herb bread recipe
Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 1 loaf
Calories 386kcal
Author Jen


  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 2 tsp active yeast
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 cup warm water about 100°F
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp chopped thyme
  • 1 tbsp chopped rosemary
  • 1/2 tbsp chopped chives
  • 1 head garlic
  • 3 tbsp olive oil


  • In a small bowl, combine yeast, sugar and water. Let the yeast sit for 5-10 minutes, until the surface foams. If you do not see any foaming, throw it out and try again.
  • Melt butter in a small pot, add herbs. Once melted remove from heat and set aside.
  • Mix flour, butter mixture and yeast liquid to a stand mixer, with the dough hook, and knead until the dough comes together. The dough will pull away from the sides and form a ball. The dough can be kneaded by hand  - combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix with wooden spoon until dough starts to form. Transfer to floured surface and continue to knead, until smooth ball forms.
  • Place ball of dough into a large olive oil lined bowl - use about 1-2 tbsp of olive oil to coat the bowl and the ball of dough. Cover with plastic and set aside to rise for at least 1 hour.
  • In the meantime, cut the top 1/4 of the head of garlic off, so the cloves are revealed. Place a smear of butter on the middle of a piece of aluminum foil. Place the head of garlic on the butter and wrap the foil around the garlic.
  • Bake garlic in 350°F oven for 30-45 minutes. Until head of garlic is soft. Remove from oven and set aside.
  • Once dough has doubled in size, remove from the bowl and knead for 2 minutes on a lightly floured surface. Form a ball.
  • Oil the bottom on the dutch oven, place the bread inside the pot and oil the top of the bread. With a sharp knife, cut a deep “X” in the top of the bread. Sprinkle with sea salt.
  • Cover and bake in 450°F oven for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, remove the lid and let bake an additional 10 minutes. Bread will be golden when it is ready.
  • Squeeze garlic cloves from the head of garlic into the butter. Use a spatula to mix butter and garlic together. Add a pinch of salt.
  • Let the bread cool completely before cutting into. Serve with roasted garlic butter and your favourite dip-friendly dinner.


Calories: 386kcal | Carbohydrates: 50.1g | Protein: 7.2g | Fat: 17.5g | Saturated Fat: 8.2g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 85mg | Potassium: 110mg | Fiber: 2.3g | Sugar: 0.7g | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 3.6mg