Dutch Oven Caraway Bread – Gluten Free

Published on Sep 13, 2022

  by   Kristina Stosek

6 reviews

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 70 minutes Serves: 1 round loaf
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Hearty Gluten-Free Caraway Bread made in a Dutch oven has a perfect crust, tender crumb and a hint of caraway flavor. This tasty bread completes soups and stews into meals, and also slices well for delicious sandwiches. 

This gluten-free Dutch oven bread recipe is easy to follow and can be made in just a few simple steps.

dutch oven gluten free caraway loaf

Where does caraway bread originate from?

The bread is thought to have originated in Europe and is particularly popular in countries like Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands.

Caraway bread is typically made with either wheat or rye flour and is sometimes flavored with other spices such as anise. This gluten-free caraway bread version is made with a combination of four gluten-free flours. Rice, sorghum, cassava and potato flour. 

What is a Dutch oven?

A Dutch oven is a cooking pot typically made from cast iron or enamelled steel. It has a heavy bottom and sides and a tight-fitting lid.

The pot is designed to retain heat, making it ideal for slow-cooking dishes such as stews, casseroles, and bread.

Dutch ovens come in various sizes, but the most common is the four-quart pot. This size is large enough to feed a family of four and can easily accommodate a loaf of bread. Two-quart pots are also available if you’re looking for a smaller pot.

When choosing a Dutch oven, selecting one with a tight-fitting lid is important. The lid should fit snugly on the pot so that steam can’t escape. 

It’s also important to choose a pot with handles that make it easy to move in and out of the oven.

baked caraway round loaf

Why use a Dutch oven for baking bread?

There are many reasons to love baking bread in a Dutch oven, but it is the fact that it creates a beautifully crisp crust. When baking bread in a regular oven, the steam from the bread can make the crust soft. And that is fine if you are looking for soft crust gluten-free sandwich bread.

Dutch oven caraway bread has the perfect crust

This gluten free bread  is baked in an enclosed cast iron pot, allowing it to cook evenly and develop a lovely, golden brown crust.

slice of caraway bread with butter

Another great reason to use a Dutch oven for baking bread is that it keeps the heat in, making for a more consistent bake. This is especially helpful when baking large loaves of bread. 

Using a Dutch oven, you can be sure that your bread will be cooked evenly when you follow the recipe cooking times.


caraway seeds in a bowl

FAQs about caraway seeds

What are caraway seeds?

Caraway seeds are small, dark brown seeds of the caraway plant. They have a sharp, anise-like flavor and are used as a spice in many cuisines.

What is the difference between caraway and cumin seeds?

Caraway and cumin seeds come from different plants but have similar shapes. Caraway seeds are smaller and have a distinctive licorice flavour. Cumin seeds have an earthier and more pungent flavor.

How do you use caraway seeds?

Caraway seeds can be used whole or ground. They are often used in bread recipes, cheeses, braised cabbage, German potato salad, soups and stews such as pork and sauerkraut.

What size of the Dutch oven is best for baking bread?

If you want to add height to a smaller bread, use a smaller pot. For a larger bread, you’ll want to choose a larger Dutch oven, so it has room to rise.

What temperature should the liquids be when using instant rapid rise yeast?

There is some debate on what temperature the liquids should be when using instant rapid yeast. Some say it should be around 110 degrees Fahrenheit, while others say it should be closer to 120 – 130 degrees. I found that 125 degrees Fahrenheit will give you the best results.

gluten free bread dough on parchment paper

Why gluten-free bread doesn’t rise as much as wheat bread?

There are a few reasons why gluten-free bread doesn’t rise as much as wheat bread. One reason is that gluten-free flour doesn’t have the same protein content as wheat flour, so it can’t form the strong gluten network that wheat flour can. 

This means that the gas bubbles produced by the yeast have an easier time escaping from the dough, leading to a bread that doesn’t rise as much.

bread dough rising in a bowl


You can add extra leavening, like baking soda or baking powder, to help the bread rise. However, adding too much yeast can cause the bread to collapse, resulting in a flatter, denser loaf.

What does the oven method for proofing mean?

If you’re unfamiliar with the term “proofing” in baking, it means letting the dough rise. I found this is the best way to proof gluten-free dough.

The oven method means to turn your oven on to the lowest temperature. 

You are aiming for 75 – 80 degrees Fahrenheit. To do this, once the oven reaches about 110 degrees, turn the oven off and open the door for a couple of minutes. Then place the dough in the oven and close the door.

best place to store yeast to keep it fresh

Yeast is a powerful ingredient in baking, and it’s essential to keep the yeast fresh and viable. 

Once the yeast is open, the best place to store it is in a cool, dry place like the refrigerator. Or you can also freeze unopened yeast for up to two years.

caraway bread in a toaster

Is gluten free bread good for you?

Bread has been a staple food for centuries, and for a good reason. It’s an excellent carbohydrate source, essential for energy production.

Gluten-free bread is typically made with flour such as rice, sorghum, millet, cassava, almond or buckwheat. These gluten-free flours contain various nutrients like protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

More Gluten-Free Bread Recipes To Explore

Gluten-Free Healthy Millet Bread Recipe

Gluten-Free Seeded Quick Bread Recipe

Healthy Gluten-Free Flax Bread

Gluten Free German Potato Bread

Gluten-Free Mediterranean Olive Bread

Recipe Review

This Dutch oven caraway bread is so good! It’s hard to tell that it’s gluten-free. The caraway seeds give it a great flavor, and the bread has a perfect texture. Whether you’re looking for a nutritious snack or a tasty addition to a meal, gluten-free caraway bread is a great option.

So if you’re looking for bakery-worthy bread at home, ditch the regular oven and break out the Dutch oven. The crust and the texture of the crumb are so good!

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Many thanks!

Kristina xx

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Jan, I don’t know. If you do try it, please let us know how it turned out. Thank you


Alene, you can replace the rice flour with all-purpose gluten free flour blend, one that does not include rice flour. Or, you can use oat flour


This is gorgeous but I can't eat rice at all. Is there anything I can do if I get rid of the rice? Thank you.


way too many flours

Jan Bennett

I'm wondering if this bread will work in a bread machine?

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