Slow Bread in a Dutch Oven

Slow Bread in a Dutch Oven

This recipe was given to me from my mom. It is called slow bread since it takes some time to make, but the good thing is that you just wait for it, i.e. it requires very little effort. You bake it in a cast iron pan in the oven. It has a lovely flavor!

Servings 1 loaf
Cook Time 1 hour
Overnight rise 12 hours


  • 2.5 cups water
  • 1 peasize bit of yeast
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 22 oz wheat flour
  • 0.4 cups sunflower seeds
  • 0.2 cups oat meal (to cover the bottom of the pan)


  • Mix yeast and luke warm (max 37° C / 98° F) water in a large bowl. Add salt, honey and flour, and finally the sunflower seeds. Mix it well. The dough should be soft and moist.
  • Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and leave it to rise overnight (at least 12 hours). Then turn the dough 3-4 times and let it rise another couple of hours, again covered with a kitchen towel.
  • Now place the cast iron pan without the lid in the oven, and set the oven to 480° F.
  • When both the oven and the cast iron pan is hot, take out the pan and brush the inside of it with a thin layer of vegetable oil. Sprinkle a thin layer of oat meal in the bottom of the pan.
    Prepping the Dutch Oven for the dough
  • Pour the dough into the pan and place it in the middle of the oven. Let it bake for 45 minutes, but…
    Slow bread - the dough just added to the Dutch Oven
  • …put the lid on after 15-20 minutes to avoid burning the loaf. Leave a small (1/8″-1/4") so air can get out. This is what it looks like when I think it's time to put the lid on.
    Slow bread - time to put the lid on
  • When it's ready, take the pan out and flip it over to get the bread out. Let it cool off for an hour or two.

2 thoughts on “Slow Bread in a Dutch Oven”

    1. Thanks! I baked it again the other day. Thank you for highlighting an error, you are of course correct. The 25 grams refer to a whole packet of dry yeast. I took the liberty of simply removing that comment altogether.

      Cheers, Henrik

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