Sunday, May 28, 2017

Depression Bread -- 24 Smart Points per loaf

This recipe popped up in a Facebook story today about old fashioned recipes people used during the Depression.  The bread recipe only had three ingredients: flour, warm water, and yeast.  I used bread flour and added 1 teaspoon of salt.  Bread without salt has a flat taste to me.  It makes two small loaves.  Since there's no fat in the recipe, I increased the oven temperature to 400°.

photo found online with recipe


4 cups flour
2 cups warm water
2 Tbsps. yeast

Pour flour into a large bowl and create a hole in the center. Pour the yeast and warm water in the center, then combine with the flour until you form a ball. Cover with a towel and allow to rise for 30 minutes, or until it’s doubled in size.
Knead the dough and split into two loaves, then allow to rise one more time. Bake at 300 °F until golden.

SMART POINTS – 48 for entire recipe -- 24 per loaf

I added 1 tsp. salt – online sources say bread with no added fat should bake at 400° so that's the temperature I used.  I also dumped water into the bottom of the oven for steam to get a crisp crust. It baked around 25 minutes at 400°.


Peggy said...

And does it taste okay?

Linda said...

Yes, it had a good flavor and texture. The dough is pretty soft as bread recipes go. I shared it with some friends and they said it reminded them of an English muffin.