How to Make Homemade Bread Recipe
In my efforts to create a zero waste home I have started with my grocery shopping. To me grocery shopping seems the easiest to tackle, I'm in complete denial about the ease of toiletries but one step at a time. Many of the items on my weekly grocery shopping list have been quite an easy change into zero waste by simply switching to bulk. I do however, have a few items that have been a bit tricky to either find with zero waste in mind or appear to be time consuming which won't be sustainable for our family. The following items are:
Bread, cheese, coffee beans, yogurt, and milk.
The first item I have chosen to tackle is bread. Bread is actually quite easy to make... if you remember to make it. This recipe takes 12 hours...I know seems long but the actual making of the bread is easypeasylemonsqueezy. I don't have a fancy bread maker and it doesn't take a 100 years to make. Prepare to be wowed by the simplicity of making bread.
3 cups of whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon instant active yeast
1 & 1/3 cup of cool water
Mix it all together in a bowl. form it into a ball. put a tea towel over the bowel and leave it for 12 hours. Best to mix it all together and leave it overnight. Look even my wee Sasquatch girl cub helps to make bread!
Wake up refreshed and excited to eat fresh bread today!
Take that tea towel that was over the bowel and dust it with flour. Punch your bread a bit and make it into a ball again and wrap it like a nice delicious present in the flour tea towel. Leave for 1 - 2 hours.
Take a pot with a lid, or Dutch Oven, and place it in the middle of your oven. Preheat your oven to 475 degrees with the pot inside. When it's done preheating open up the pot - be careful it's crazy hot - and flop your bread into the pot. Bake for 30 mins covered, 15 mins uncovered and voila - Look at that fresh amazing bread.
This is a do-able zero waste option for my family if I remember to actually prepare the bread. Of course you could simply go to a bakery and ask for a loaf of bread and put it in your own bag but that is an extra trip for us. It's not your typical sandwich kind of bread, it's the delicious kind you eat with a pound of butter and slice of cheese with soup, crusty outside, delicious inside. It doesn't last long because people devour it but it does freeze well. Speaking of freezing, my next adventure is to make this bread and try to freeze it at the "wrap in a flour tea towel and raise for 2 more hours". I would love to pull out the bread and as it is defrosting, it rises and is ready to bake. I will keep you posted on how the freezing process works.
Let me know if you try this deliciousness!