Friday, September 2, 2016

Who "Kneads" Bread? - Cooking in Costa Rica

The lack of availability of some products here in Costa Rica often leaves no option but to make your own.

This is especially true where cooking is concerned. Costa Rica is not known for its food!!

Of course we all need to adapt to the local foods here but we also have the choice of improvising by finding recipes using products we find here locally and turning them into the foods we love and enjoy from our homes back in the states!

As bad as the Costa Rican cheese is -- the bread is equally as bad!!  It looks wonderful and smells great but it tastes terrible! At least to us North Americans. So many of the expats have taken to making their own.

I don't cook!

I got a recipe for no knead bread from one of my friends here and decided to give it a try.

It was very simple and easy to make. Next time I will try adding some herbs like basil, oregano or thyme. Also you can add oatmeal, cranberries, raisins (which sounds very yummy) The options are endless.

The original recipe will make 2 loaves of bread. You can bake one loaf and keep the other half in the refrigerator and bake later. It will keep for about a week.

I have a feeling I will be doing a lot more cooking around here!!!


3 cups warm water

1 1/2 tablespoon yeast (dry/granulated) sorry for the sp typo in the video

1 tablespoon salt (Costa Rica salt has fluoride in it - so I am using fluoride free salt (it was a gift when we arrived and is very difficult to find - we have been unable to find it in the stores)

7 1/2 cups of flour

Thats' s it!!!

It was so yummy that we had eaten 1/2 of it before I remembered to take some pictures

here's the video

(Oh FYI - I actually narrated the process in the video but the rain was so loud that you could hardly hear me so I  muted the sound and added directions. You can hear me pop in from time to time  - the sound is the rain in the background.)

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