How to make Simple Bread in a Solar Oven


There are all kinds of recipes for making homemade bread, and there are many ways that you can cook it – including in a solar oven, like this one… Global Sun Oven.

For very basic homemade bread, all you need is flour, salt, sugar, yeast, and water.

You can use white flour, wheat flour, you can mill your own flour, whatever works for you…

1 cup warm water

1 teaspoon yeast

2-1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon sugar (more if you like it sweeter)

In the event of a power outage, be it a short or long term event, you will either be limited to eating foods that don’t require cooking, and/or you will need another source of cooking.

We have been cooking with a solar oven on occasion, for a number of years. You can’t beat a solar oven when you factor in that you don’t need any fuel! Sure, it won’t be very efficient during the winter months or periods of bad weather, but during sunny or mostly sunny days it will provide free cooking.


  1. Can you please post how much flour to use in the recipe?

    I can’t load the video at the moment. Thanks!

    1. Eryn, This particular recipe (there are lots of variations) is as follows…

      1 cup water
      1 teaspoon yeast
      1 teaspoon salt
      1 teaspoon sugar
      1 teaspoon wheat gluten (optional)
      2.5 cups of flour
      knead the mixture
      set in bowl to rise till about doubled (about an hour)
      punch it down and shape into loaf
      let it rise again (about 30 minutes)
      solar oven until done…

  2. Tortillas are an alternative to bread and do not require an oven to make.

  3. Hi guys, what a great video! I’m starting my foray into solar cooking using a simple cardboard box set up, with a reflector only on the back, and your bread recipe is the simplest, easiest one I have seen so far. (If I’m using the sun to cook it, why would I use an electric mixer to mix it? just another silly thing I’ve seen today. anyway.) I was curious (as I’m not much of a baker, either) how well this would work as rolls instead of a loaf? If i divide that loaf into small balls and put in a pan, would they need less time? more? What if the pan had a lid? I await your wise response.

    1. @Kelli, “If I’m using the sun to cook it, why would I use an electric mixer to mix it?”

      Although the video does not show or refer to an electric mixer, to answer your question, having manual kitchen tools is a smart choice when it comes to being prepared (a ‘manual’ flour mill for example). Also, when it comes to survival, it really doesn’t matter (to me) if the food I’m eating is in the form of a loaf or rolls. When it comes to cooking a loaf of bread versus the equivalent amount of rolls, the time and temperature should be fairly similar. Experiment and find what works for you and your own unique solar oven ;)

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