Wildcard Wednesday: Bread

With Joe away at a conference/sweet vacation, we decided to do our second Wildcard Wednesday post today, and it’s about something very near and dear to my heart: Bread!

Three things make bread especially amazing:

  1. It is very inexpensive to make, which means it will help you along your path to financial independence.
  2. It is so much fun to make. Do you know what they call play-doh for adults? Dough. Handling dough will make you happy.
  3. The results are amazingly delicious.

 

Also, there is an extremely easy version of bread called no-knead bread that still produces incredible results. This was popularized (but not invented) by Jim Lahey, at least in part as a result of this NY Times video. Below is my own version of no knead bread, influenced by Lahey and The Food Lab/Serious Eats.

Ingredients

  • Flour (I used unbleached, all purpose. Joe prefers King Arthur flour but that’s not essential)
  • Water (I think you know what this is, comes from your sink. Room temp or cool is fine)
  • Salt (Doesn’t really matter what kind)
  • Yeast (I usually get jars of Kroger brand yeast. RapidRise works too)

Process

Weigh 500 grams of flour, 370 grams of water, and 10-12 grams of salt. You can convert these to volume measurements, but weight is slightly more accurate. We use this kitchen scale1This is Joe’s. Thanks for letting me use your scale Joe! Add a quarter teaspoon of yeast. Mix the ingredients with your hands (more messy, more fun) or with a wooden spoon until roughly combined. Cover and leave out for 18ish hours (plus or minus like 6 hours is totally fine). Optionally, move to the fridge for 3-5 days. I highly recommend including this step, as it makes the end product even tastier. Flour your hands and ease the dough onto a floured countertop. Grab a chunk of dough, stretch it till you feel resistance, then fold it over. Repeat a few more times till you have a nice ball. Invert the dough so the seam side is down and let it sit on the counter (you can cover it with your original bowl) for an hour or so. Preheat the oven to 475. Bake seam side up for 30-45 min or until the outside is dark brown but not burned. If you have a dutch oven (I use this one), bake in a a pre-heated dutch oven for the first 30 min with the lid on, then remove the lid for the last few minutes. If you don’t have a dutch oven, just bake on anything and optionally add a water pan to increase the humidity in the oven. Don’t burn yourself by letting the bread cool a bit after baking, then enjoy!

Deeper thoughts about bread

I love this recipe for its simplicity and amazing results. It kind of reminds me of playing good offense, another thing that’s really simple and produces incredible results. It also reminds me that even while playing hard defense, life is still fun, satisfying, and delicious.

Do you like baking bread or other things? Share some of your recipes with us in the comments!

Note: We are experimenting with Amazon affiliate links in this article (the scale and the dutch oven). BUT, before you go on a spending spree in the name of supporting MoneyandMegabytes.com, just remember that money is a tool to give you freedom. So if you’re not well on your way to wealth I recommend skipping the scale and the dutch oven until you have more money than you know what to do with :).

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