Friday, April 3, 2020

Desperate times call for desperate measures

With all this desperation and pestilence about , the bread shelves have been a bit sketchy looking at the local supermarket .
Nothing to it then , we can make our own . . .
16 oz of warm water in a warm bowl
1 & 1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of yeast
3 &1/2 cups of flour
One minor issue . . . that jar of dry yeast we had in the fridge . . . Yea I gave up making my own bread six years ago cause it was too darn good and I was putting on too much weight . . . So I used 1 & 1/2 teaspoon of yeast instead of the half teaspoon called for and tossed in a teaspoon of sugar for good measure to boost the prehistoric yeast figuring it might all go pear shaped on me anyhow .
. . . anyhow mix it all up with the round handle of one of those large white plastic spoons till it looks like this . . . cover with cling wrap and stick it in the oven with the light on to proof .
Took all night to get it to double in size .
In the morning we de-gas it by stirring it with the plastic spoon handle again and dump it in an oiled bread pan and let it rise for an hour while we warm up the oven to 400 deg F
Brush some olive oil on the top and pop it into the oven at 400 deg F for 40 minutes . Dump a couple glasses of water in the hot pan beneath it so it makes steam and gives you a nice crunchy crust .
Et Voila . . . 
 Behold the masterpiece  . . . it tastes as good as it looks .


  1. I've been grinding my wheat berries and baking every other day. . . so much fiber. It's good though.

    1. As I am on a restricted oxalate diet for bladder stone prevention I can't do the whole wheat and grains "healthy" stuff. Have to stick to the white bread.

    2. I just scored some white bread and it'll be a welcome break from all that fiber. Between the whole wheat and the beans . . . well. . . lets' say I'm glad I got a bidet installed.

  2. Good work, M!

    I haven't made bread in years... and maybe that might help me out with my diet. I eat too much carbs and maybe if I had to make my own bread, I wouldn't over eat it... knowing me though, I'd probably just eat MORE...

    1. The fru-fru bakery store bought bread works out to about $7 a loaf around here, so I make one loaf last all week. But my home made bread works out to about 60 cents a loaf and it tastes so darn good, I just can't help myself and my "svelte figure" pays the price.