- 2 cups all purpose flour (I've used Dakota Maid, King Arthur, and Ultra Grain)
- 2 cups whole wheat white (I used King Arthur)
- 1/2 tsp quick rise yeast
- 1 3/4 tsp table salt
- 2 cups and 2 tablespoons tepid water
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons honey
- 1 Tablespoon white sugar
- Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. Dissolve honey and sugar in water, add to dry ingredients and mix with rubber spatula until well combined and lumpy. It should be wet in appearance, but not glossy. Adjust water as needed depending on type of flour.
- Spray oil the dough and inside of bowl. Turn over in the bowl and spray the opposite side too. Cover in plastic wrap and towels. Place in warm (about 72-76 degrees F) to rise about 8-9 hours. I put my oven on 180 and place the bowl on top of the stove.
- After rising, turn out onto a lightly oiled counter. Fold over twice. cover in plastic and a towel. Let rise an additional 1-2 hours. Turn oven on to 450 degrees F with Dutch oven and lid inside to heat it up.
- After second rise, turn dough out onto a lightly floured counter top and quickly shape into a boule or round tight slightly flattened ball shape by gently pulling the dough under. You will need to flour your hands a bit. Just use enough flour to make the dough less sticky. Do not over flour as you need the dough to remain wet.
- Remove the Dutch oven from the oven and remove the lid. Plop the dough in the hot dutch oven seam side down. Cover and return to oven and bake for 30 minutes covered. This is the steam heat that creates the crunchy outer crust. Then remove the cover and bake an additional 15 minutes uncovered.
- Remove loaf from Dutch oven and let cool lightly covered with a flour sack towel.
- Consume with loads of butter!
About 12-15 servings.Nutrition
About 120 calories per slice before the butter and depending on slice size.
This is what the dough looks like after it has been folded on the counter.
The crust is incredible on this bread and the flavor is absolutely yummy! It doesn't taste like a heavy or sugary bread. It is smooth with a light texture and a crunchy crust.
- You don't need a fancy Dutch oven for this. I happened to have an inexpensive dutch oven from Costco. It is an 8 quart oval, but I noticed it is no longer available. I think it tends to be a seasonal item. They do also have a round 6 qt which I think could work as well. Or like many people just use a stock pot with a lid or a roasting pan with a high enough cover. Anything that will take the heat!
- Click here to see how to shape a boule or round ball loaf.