Best Solar Oven Whole Wheat Bread Recipe
I love to bake bread, and I've tried a lot of recipes, both in my kitchen and in my Sun Oven. So far, this recipe is my favorite. It's an easy to make, all-purpose, healthy loaf of sublime warmth, flavor and texture.
And, many bread recipes require a baking temperature of 400+ degrees. That's the high end of a Sun Oven's capability.
This loaf bakes well at 350 degrees, which can be reached easily in a Sun Oven on any sunny day....summer, winter, whenever.
2 c. oats
3 T. brown sugar
1 T. sea salt
1/4 c melted butter
1 1/2 c lukewarm water
1 c lukewarm milk
1 1/2 T. instant yeast
Make the dough: In a large bowl, combine milk, water, and sugar, then add the yeast. Mix in the egg and melted butter until all are blended.
Add the flour, oats, and salt.
Mix well by hand or mixer for at least one minute.
Let it sit for 5 minutes.
Mix again with spoon or mixer for 2 minutes and check the dough.
If it's still very wet, add flour a tablespoon at a time until it is handle-able but a bit sticky.
If it's too stiff, add water a tablespoon at a time until it is handle-able but a bit sticky.
Continue stirring or mixing for 5 more minutes.
Let it rise:
Dump the dough onto a lightly floured surface.
Knead it just 3-4 times.
Oil your mixing bowl with olive oil or canola oil.
Put the dough back into the mixing bowl.
Cover with wet towel and let it sit for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
It should double in size in that time.
Into the pans:
Divide the dough into 2 equal parts.
Coat the inside of 2 bread loaf pans with olive oil or butter.
Form each dough piece into a rectangular sheet the same width as the loaf pans.
Roll each dough piece up into a log and place into the loaf pans.
Let them sit at room temperature to rise, for about an hour.
Halfway through the hour, open and position your Sun Oven for full temperature cooking.
Bake your bread!
Place loaf pans in oven cooking chamber for around 20 minutes, then rotate the pans.
Bake another 20 minutes and check the loaves.
They should sound hollow when tapped, and if you have a digital thermometer, the loaves are done when the center reaches 190 degrees.
When done, remove from oven and turn the pans over on a clean surface to remove the loaves.
Place the loaves on a rack to cool.