Self-sufficiency, for me, includes breadmaking. Not only is it nice to save some cash and to know exactly what is in your food, but what’s even better is the taste of freshly baked bread! I use a few different bread recipes; most of them require at least a few hours of your day (prepping, proofing, baking). Not everyone has time (or wants to take the time) to labour in the kitchen for a loaf that is bound to disappear quickly. This overnight bread recipe is the solution! Bonus: it even has a mild sourdough taste 🙂
Before going to bed, mix together in a large bowl:
- 3 C flour
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp traditional yeast
- 1 1/2 C warm water *
Next, go to bed.
When you wake up, put a dutch oven or big pot with its lid in your oven and preheat it at 450 F. Meanwhile, shape the dough in a ball, adding flour to remove the stickiness. Let it sit in the same bowl it was in and dust a little flour on top of the ball. When your oven is ready, remove delicately flip over the bowl containing the dough in the hot pot. Put the lid back on and put the whole thing in your oven for 30 min. At the 30 min mark, remove the lid and keep baking for another 15 min. Take everything out, let your loaf cool over a rack. Eat for breakfast!
*About the warm water: you want your water to be warm enough to activate the yeast, but not too much to kill it. I was once told that if you can count up to 3 before you have to take your finger out that’s the right temperature.
I also encourage you to wing this recipe and play with different flour types. You might have to adjust the amount of water. Have fun making something nutritious and delicious!