I love baking homemade bread! The only downside about using the sun oven is: my house doesn't smell like fresh bread baking. But if I have time for some rest-n-relaxation, I pull up a chair, grab a book, and sit with the sun oven while the bread bakes! There's nothing better than the smell of fresh bread. 🙂
Baking bread in a sun oven is so easy — it yields bread with a nicely browned crust and a moist, soft inside, plus keeps your house from getting too warm in the summer and saves electricity.
Trayer Wilderness Whole Wheat Bread
- 2-1/4 cups warm water (or 4-1/2 cups warm water for a gluten-free version)
- 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1/3 cup of organic sugar or sucanat
- 2 tablespoon olive oil or coconut oil
- 6 cups whole wheat flour (or same amount of Better Batter Gluten Free Flour or your own gluten-free flour blend for a gluten-free version)
Combine thoroughly water, yeast, sugar, salt, and oil and allow 15 minutes for them to sponge. Add your flour. Mix well and then leave set to rise for roughly 20 minutes. Once risen, pound it down and split dough in half to place in two loaf pans. Preheat the sun oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 20 minutes.
Gluten-free variation: use the larger amount of water and your gluten-free flour blend. You may need to allow dough in pans to have a 2nd rise — either by letting them sit out for another 20 minutes or putting them in the sun oven while it preheats. If you put it in the cool sun oven prior to preheating, the dough will require 30 to 40 minutes of baking time and won't be as tall since it started to bake immediately.
Want sourdough? Use Wardee's sourdough bread recipe (spelt or wheat), then bake your loves in the sun oven!
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Have you baked bread in the sun oven? Or any other favorite dishes? We'd love to hear about your sun oven cooking!
More info on sun oven cooking: Solar Cooking Benefits and Basics. Plus, more sun oven cooking led by Tammy in Traditional Cooking School's newest members-only class — the Cooking Outside eCourse. (Not many details on that page yet, but they are coming…)
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