The Hunger Games trilogy is a great read for those who want to sit on the edge of their seat and be entertained. On top of the pure entertainment value there is a pressing social commentary that the reader can apply to our own world, and that is fantastic. The second movie is coming out this Friday and since food is a big part of The Hunger Games, I thought I would make a Hunger Games themed bread loaf.
Whether there is a lack of food in the districts or an over abundance in the capitol, it plays a pivotal role in the story. The food moment in the books that captured me the most was in the first book when Peeta gave Katniss a loaf of bread. Bread can be a staple for people, but for Katniss and her family it was a treat. So what better way to get into the mood for the upcoming film than a warm loaf of Hunger Games Bread.
3 cups bread flour
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/4 cups of warm water
(This is the same as my Olive Bread Recipe, minus the olives.)
Place the yeast in a bowl with the warm water and honey. Let it sit for around 5 minutes to allow the yeast to activate. It will be done when there is a thick layer of foam on top.
In a large bowl, mix together flour, salt, olive oil and the yeast mixture. work the dough in the bowl until it becomes elastic.
Place the dough onto a floured surface. It can be a chopping board or the counter, but make sure its clean. Knead until smooth and elastic, 5 to 10 minutes. Set aside in a lightly oiled bowl covered with a damp paper towel, and let it rise for about 45 minutes, until it doubles in size. After it has doubled in size punch it down (I always like this part, now I can imagine it being President Snow). Knead it again, for about 5 to 10 minutes. Pull of a small handful of dough and set it aside. Place the rest of the dough in a bread tin that has been dusted with flour and let it rise for about 30 minutes, until it creeps up over the edges.
While the bread is rising for the second time, put a pan of water in the bottom of the oven. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F (260 degrees C).
To make the Mockingjay I rolled out the small handful of dough and cut out the Mockingjay using pictures on the internet as my guide. You could print out a stencil to make things easier. Once the loaf has finished rising gently place the Mockingjay on top.
Bake the loaf at 500 degrees F (260 degrees C) for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and bake for 30 more minutes, until the crust is light brown.Every oven has its own personality and no two ovens are the same. To solve this problem watch the bread like a hawk, and get ready to swoop in if the bread looks done before the timer.
Once the loaf is done set it aside on a cooling rack for 20 minutes before slicing it up.
Stay hungry for more delicious food and may the odds of you getting a good seat at the cinema be ever in your favor.
“We had to save you because you’re the mockingjay, Katniss,” says Plutarch. “While you live, the revolution lives.”
bread pyramid. I made ciabatta buns for a sandwich. They were delicious.
Canon EOS 300, Fujifilm Superia X-TRA 400
spelt sourdoug (by East Bristol Bakery)