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Crafting the perfect loaf of artisan sourdough bread in a Dutch oven is a rewarding experience.

If you're new to this type of bread making, you'll love this simple sourdough bread recipe that bakes in a Dutch oven.

– active sourdough starter – warm water – bread flour (for best results, use a higher protein content flour) – sea salt

Here are the ingredients you need for this Dutch oven Sourdough Bread Recipe:

Prepare the starter The day before baking, feed your starter so it's bubbly and active.

Mix the dough Combine the starter and warm water in a large mixing bowl. Add the flour and salt, mixing until a shaggy dough forms.

Stretch and fold sourdough On a floured work surface or even over the bowl, stretch and fold over the next few hours to strengthen the gluten structure.

Shape the dough  Transfer the dough onto a floured surface and shape it into a round loaf.

Preheat the Dutch oven Place your Dutch oven in the oven and preheat to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

Bake  Carefully place the dough into the preheated Dutch oven. If you like, score the top of the dough with a sharp knife. Then, cover with the lid and bake.

Cool After the initial bake time, remove the lid to make the crust golden brown. Then, let it cool on a wire rack.

Get the full step-by-step process and follow the tips to help you get a golden brown crust and a soft, airy sourdough loaf every time.