I am still learning about tempatures and baking times in the Beehive Oven. It will get crazy hot and I need to let the tempature drop for baking. I measured 500 degrees when I put the bread in. When you close the door the tempature rises. This loaf got a little crusty on the outside. It was delicous. It had a tang from the sourdough. I just sliced it and served it with Fresh Butter from Spring Hill Farms.