The French word "boule" translates to ball, referring to this bread's shape. Make this delicious boule with only 10 minutes of active time and enjoy a fresh loaf anytime.

EatingWell Magazine, January / February 2021


Credit: Jennifer Causey

Recipe Summary

10 mins
1 hr 10 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Place a 5-quart or larger cast-iron, enameled cast-iron or ceramic pot with a lid in the oven; preheat to 450°F. 

  • Meanwhile, lightly dust a piece of parchment paper and your hands with flour. Gently shape dough into a ball and place on the prepared parchment. Lightly dust the top with flour. Loosely cover and let rest for 30 minutes. 

  • Remove the pot from the oven. Use a sharp knife to make two or three 1/2-inch-deep incisions on the top of the dough. Using the parchment as a sling, carefully transfer the dough (and parchment) to the pot. Put the lid on.

  • Bake the bread for 30 minutes. Carefully remove the lid and bake until the loaf is golden brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 210°F, about 5 minutes more. Use the parchment to help you lift the loaf out of the pot onto a wire rack. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing.


Equipment: Parchment paper

Nutrition Facts

1 slice each
133 calories; sodium 291mg; carbohydrates 28g; dietary fiber 3g; protein 5g.