Shepherd's Bread

Recipe by Mark O.
READY IN: 2hrs 57mins
YIELD: 1 loaf




  • Combine water, butter, sugar and salt.
  • Stir until butter melts; let cool to warm.
  • Stir in yeast, cover and set in a warm place until bubbly.
  • Add 5 cups of flour and beat with a wooden spoon to form a thick batter.
  • Stir in enough of the remaining flour (about 3 1/2 cups) to form a stiff dough.
  • Knead until smooth, about 10 minutes, add flour as needed.
  • Place dough in Dutch oven (well greased) and cover.
  • Set in a warm place to rise until doubled.
  • Punch down and knead on a floured board.
  • Return to Dutch oven and let rise until dough pushes up on the lid about 1/2 inch.
  • Bake covered with lid, in a 375°F oven for 12 minutes.
  • Remove lid and bake for 30-35 minutes or until loaf is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped.