Bettina’s Recipe for Super-Simple Rolls or Bread

Here is a recipe for baking your own bread rolls or loaves at home.

Yield: Comparable to a store-bought loaf

Materials for Each Project:

·        Mixing Bowls

·        Measuring cups and spoons

·        Bowl scraper

·        Mixing spoon

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·        Lightweight dishcloth

·        Baking sheets or loaf pans

·        Cooling racks

·        Ingredients/Additional Materials

·        3 ½ cups whole-wheat flour or whole-spelt flour

·        3 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour

·        1 T. salt

·        3 ¾ cups lukewarm water

·        2 T. active dry yeast

·        1 tsp. sugar (I use organic sugar)

·        Parchment paper


Dissolve the yeast and sugar in the water and then let it stand while you measure the dry ingredients into a bowl. Mix the dry and wet ingredients together. Knead the dough by hand for about five to ten minutes and then let the dough rise in the bowl for thirty minutes. Either form the dough into rolls and put them on a parchment-covered baking tray or make a loaf and put it in a loaf pan. Cover the dough with a lightweight dishcloth and let it rise in a warm place for twenty minutes (I put it on top of a heater vent). Put your rolls or bread in the oven and turn the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (do not preheat; you want to give the dough a little more time to rise). Once the oven reaches 400 degrees, bake the rolls for about twelve minutes or the loaf for about twenty-five minutes, rotating midway if your oven has hot spots. Remove the loaf or rolls from the oven when they are lightly browned and sound hollow when tapped underneath.

This article was excerpted with permission from the book Urban Farm Projects: Making the Most of Your Money, Space, and Stuff, copyright 2014, I-5 Publishing, LLC. For more budget-friendly and environmentally conscience projects and recipes, pick up a copy today!

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