Round white bread with ring of Rosemary around it.

Basic White Bread

Vernon Winterton -101 Things To Do With A DUTCH OVEN
For the Dutch oven cook in you, try Basic White Bread cooked over coals or in the oven.
Note: The number of coals indicated in the recipe is equal to your ovens temperature.
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Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 12


  • 12 - inch Dutch oven
  • 24 coals, if using
  • nonstick cooking spray


  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons instant nonfat dry milk
  • teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened


  • In a small bowl, add 1 cup warm water, 2 tablespoons sugar, and 2 teaspoons yeast. Combine and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add 2¾ cups flour, 2 tablespoons dry milk, and 1¾ teaspoons salt. Add 2 tablespoons softened butter and yeast mixture. Knead until a soft dough forms. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl and turn to coat.
  • Cover with a clean cloth and let rise in a warm, draft-free area until double in size. Punch down dough and form a loaf. Place in a warmed Dutch oven prepared with nonstick cooking spray. Note: To warm a Dutch oven, place it in the sun or use 4 coals underneath the oven for a few minutes. You want it warm, not hot.
  • Cover with a cloth and let rise until double in size.
  • Cover with lid and bake at 350℉ for 40 minutes, or until golden brown, or using 10 coals underneath and 14 on top.


    About the Author

    Cookbook cover with Dutch oven surrounded by various foods on gold background. Vernon Winterton has been cooking in Dutch ovens for over forty-years. He is one of the founding members of the Greater Wasatch Dutch Oven Society and served two years as its assistant director. Vernon has competed in numerous Dutch oven cook-off's over the years, qualifying three times to go to the world championships.