Many of us today have concerns about the power grid going and how many people will struggle to learn how to live without electricity. This is especially true where baking and cooking are concerned. One of our most basic staples in life is bread, and believe it or not, you can easily bake your own loaf without electricity. Ever heard of a “Sun oven?” Keep in mind that grinding and kneading are not necessary when baking bread in one of these handy, non-electrically powered devices.
List of ingredients:
• 3 cups all-purpose flour
• 1/2 teaspoon instant or rapid rise yeast
• 1¾ teaspoon Kosher salt
• 1½ cups cool tap water
• Using a large fork, stir the ingredients, which will be extremely sticky, in a bowl. Cover with Saran Wrap and let it set for 12 to 18 hours. You will probably need a bread scraper or a spatula to remove the dough from the bowl. Place it on a flour-covered surface, shape it into a ball, place it on a sheet of wax paper, and let it set for half an hour.
• If you have purchased a name brand sun oven, place a 3-quart pot inside of it and let the sun heat things up. Using protective mitts bring the pot inside, place the dough and wax paper inside of it, cover it, and place it in your Sun oven. It should cook for 90 minutes in order to bake it thoroughly.
On a closing note, don’t expect your Sun oven-baked bread to look like what you are used to purchasing in the grocery store because it isn’t going to have a darker crust like most artisan breads do. However, the crust will be somewhat crispy and the bread itself will have a great consistency. Most importantly, your sun oven-baked bread will taste positively delicious.