All of the deliciousness of homemade bread, made easy, cheap, and with clean ingredients! There’s no kneading necessary with this simple 3-ingredient bread. An easy budget recipe that comes out to just $0.07 per slice! Plus, by most standards, it’s vegan! (Yeast is considered a fungi.)
1/4 tsp instant yeast
1 1/4 tsp salt
1 5/8 cups water
3 cups whole wheat flour
In a large bowl combine flour, yeast, and salt. Whisk to integrate. Add 1 5/8 cups water, and stir until blended. Dough will be shaggy and sticky.
Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rest at least 12 hours (preferably about 18 hours) at warm room temperature, about 70 degrees.
Dough is ready when its surface is dotted with bubbles. Lightly flour a work surface and place dough on it. Sprinkle it with a little more flour and fold it over on itself a few times. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rest about 15 minutes.
Generously coat a cotton towel (not terry cloth) with flour. Using just enough flour to keep dough from sticking to your fingers, shape dough into a ball. Put dough seam-side down on towel and dust with more flour.
Cover with another cotton towel and let rise for about 2 hours. When it’s ready, dough will be more than double in size and will not readily spring back when poked with a finger.
At least 30 minutes before dough is ready, heat oven to 450°F (230°C). Put a 6- to 8-quart heavy covered pot (cast iron, enamel, Pyrex or ceramic) in the oven WHILE it heats up.
When dough is ready, use oven mitts to carefully remove pot from oven. Slide your hand under towel and turn dough over into pot, seam-side up. (If it’s a bit of a mess, it’s okay!) Shake pan slightly to evenly distribute dough. (Don’t worry too much, it will straighten out as it bakes.)
Cover with lid and bake 30 minutes. Then, remove lid and bake another 15 to 30 minutes, until loaf is beautifully browned.
Cool on a rack before slicing and enjoying!
Serving: 1 slice