Finding ways to feed our families and ourselves can often add to the challenges and struggles we are facing today. We can’t run to the store as often as we like, and when we get there, many of the basic items we have depended on before are limited or no longer available.
One household staple that can be in short supply is bread. Your resourceful, so you decide to make it yourself only to find yeast- a key ingredient is also unavailable.
Time for a “life solution”, that little bit of knowledge that can make a difference. You can substitute double action baking powder for the yeast in your bread recipes with a one-to-one ratio (one packet of yeast contains 2 ¼ teaspoons). Baking powder reacts immediately when exposed to liquid and heat so it does not require rise time called for in traditional bread recipes. Because of this bread made with baking powder will be denser than bread made with yeast, but just as yummy.
Using this “life solution”, here is a recipe that enables you to make bread dough with only 2 ingredients. This dough can be used for bread, pizza, calzones, breadsticks, and more.
1 1/2 cup self-rising flour
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
Preheat oven 375°
To make dough by hand: Place self-rising flour in a large bowl. Add yogurt and stir with a fork until dough can be handled. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth, about 8 minutes. Add a few tablespoons water if the dough seems dry or a few tablespoons flour if it is sticky.
To make a dough in a stand mixer: Place self-rising flour in a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook. Add yogurt and mix at low speed until a smooth dough forms, 3 to 4 minutes. Add a few tablespoons water if the dough seems dry or a few tablespoons flour if it sticky.
Place dough on lightly floured surface and shape; then place shaped loaf on greased cookie sheet or in an oiled cast iron pan. If desired, you can brush an egg wash on dough before baking. Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
If you don’t have self-rising flour or it was also in short supply, you can make it yourself:
1 cup flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoons salt
Whisk all ingredients together.
If you would like to make enough to store:
4 cups flour
2 Tablespoons Baking powder
1 teaspoons salt
Whisk all ingredients together and store in an airtight container.
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Sometimes just a little bit of information makes all the difference when faced with challenges. Cooperative Extension of Schoharie and Otsego Counties will be sharing more “life solutions” articles in the coming weeks to help families and individuals meet this need.
If you are interested in more of helpful tips, nutritional information, or classes, you can also contact
Michelle Leveski, Nutrition Program Educator by calling 518-234-4303 ext. 115 (please leave a message), or emailing her at email@example.com