HOW TO MAKE: Peeta’s Burnt Nut and Raisin Bread from The Hunger Games
– 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
– 1/2 package active dry yeast
– 1/4 cup powdered milk
– 3 eggs
– 1 stick of butter
– 1 tsp salt
– 1 tsp sugar
– 1/4 cup honey
– 2 cups all purpose flour
– 1/2 cup raisins
– 1/2 cup walnuts
– Ground cinnamon
– Brown sugar
– Vegetable Oil
Prepare the Yeast. This is called activating the yeast and is necessary to do in order for your dough to rise. First warm 1/2 a cup (120 mL) of water to 110-115 degrees F (43-46 Celsius). You can use a microwave on short bursts and a thermometer. It’s important you don’t overheat the water as it will kill the yeast and your final bread will not rise. Once you have warmed up the water, dump in half the packet of Active Dry Yeast and 1 tsp (5mL) of sugar. Mix together. After about 5 minutes, the concoction should have doubled in volume.
In a large mixing bowl, mix the whole wheat flour and milk powder. Next add the yeast, salt, sugar, eggs, butter, honey, and 1/4 cup (60 mL) of warm water (again, 110-115 degrees F or 43-46 degrees celsius).
Either mix this by hand or in a kitchenaid until combined. Once combined, add the remaining all purpose flour and continue to mix until a dough is formed. If using a kitchenaid, run for 2 minutes on first gear, then 6 minutes on second gear until you have well developed dough. If kneading by hand, knead for anywhere from 8-10 minutes until you’ve achieved the same result.
If using a KitchenAid, begin mixing on first gear while adding the cinnamon, walnuts, and raisins. Otherwise, mix these in by hand while continuing to knead.
Remove the dough and prepare a holding bin or bowl. Either cover with PAM or a little bit of vegetable oil and turn the dough inside until all sides are covered. Cover with a damp towel and let sit in a warm place for an hour until the dough has doubled in size.
While the dough rests, create the filling and topping for the loaves.
The Filling: in a separate container add one part sugar, one part brown sugar, and ground cinnamon to taste. You’ll need enough to cover two whole loaves.
The topping: in a smaller container combine one part sugar and one part brown sugar. Mix together then add a little bit of vegetable oil, just enough to begin clumping the ingredients. Don’t be afraid to use your hands!
After an hour, revisit your dough. It should be about twice its original size. Punch down the dough (use a fist and literally just push down on the top) to expel the air. Remove the dough and split into two or however many loaves you wish to create.
Flour up a rolling pin and flatten the dough out to a rectangle. Brush water over the surface and sprinkle your filling over the dough, making sure to give it an even coating. Then slowly begin to roll up the dough by rolling it and continually pushing out the extra air with the palms of your hands. Continue to do this slowly until you reach the end of the loaf, then brush a little more water on top and close it off. Make sure the closed off area sits on the bottom of the dough when its resting.
On a separate baking pan with wax paper or bread pan, place your finished loaves. With your last egg, mix it together and use the brush to coat the tops of the loaves. You can also just use egg whites or milk depending on what you want your final product to be. Egg yolks will create a shiny golden crust, egg whites will make a shiny crisp crust, and milk or butter will make a softer crust. Once you’ve covered it, add the topping evenly across the top. Let the dough rest for another 30-40 minutes.
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees Celsius). Place the bread inside for 35-40 minutes. Serve hot out of the oven!
Additionally, to create the burnt effect, turn on your stove and hold the bread over the flames until the top layer begins to blacken.
March 24, 2015 at 8:00am AM EDT
There’s nothing like purchasing the perfect loaf of artisanal bread.
But far too often, it gets stale seemingly overnight, and then what? And of course, nothing’s better than a slice of toast slathered in butter and jam. Except for when you forget to adjust the setting on your toaster and your perfect toast resembles charred cardboard more than bread.
Luckily the next time you think your bread is past saving, you can still have hope. Thanks to these tips and recipes, you’ll never have to throw away a loaf of bread again.
Toasting stale bread, then pulverizing it in a food processor or blender is the perfect way to make breadcrumbs. Or you can crumble first, then toast in a skillet with butter and seasonings.
2. Bread pudding
Bread pudding is the perfect way to use up your leftover bread. Stale bread will soak up the custardy base of a bread pudding nicely while still getting nice and browned on top.
3. French toast
Fresh bread just can’t stand up to stale when it comes to French toast. Stale bread is better able to soak up the eggy French toast batter than fresh bread can, so it stays nice and moist on the inside. Once cooked, you’ll have a decadent breakfast no one can tell started with stale bread.
It’s so easy to make stuffing from scratch with stale bread. Cut the stale bread into cubes, and add it to celery, onion and herbs sautéed in butter. Add some chicken stock until the bread is moist but not falling apart, and use it to stuff poultry, or bake it as a side dish until crispy on the edges.
5. Burnt toast powder
Burned your toast? Try grinding it in a spice grinder until it’s a fine powder, then using it to add a charred, smoky flavor to spice rubs and marinades or even to balance out the sweetness of homemade caramels or vanilla ice cream.
Want more ideas? Check out the recipes in the slideshow below.
Suzanne Collins named her fictional dystopia after the Latin phrase, “panem et circenses,” which translates to “bread and games.” The phrase refers to a government’s ability to appease its people with trivial diversions rather than actual good governance, and it applies to the Hunger Games because the Games distract Panem’s residents from the reality of the Capitol’s control. Instead, citizens focus on watching the Games to see who will be killed next and who will become the winner, earning food (bread) and rewards for their district.
Bread is also a catalyst for change in The Hunger Games . First, there’s Katniss’s memory of the time Peeta saved her life by throwing burnt bread loaves her way. His act of kindness gave her hope and made her realize that there was a way she could keep her family alive—by foraging and hunting in the woods. And then, during the Games, Rue’s district sends Katniss a loaf of bread to signal their appreciation for her treatment of Rue. In this unprecedented demonstration of solidarity between districts, there’s a threat to the order of the Capitol, which relies on division of the districts in order to maintain control.
Bread Quotes in The Hunger Games
Maybe if I had thanked him at some point, I’d be feeling less conflicted now. I thought about it a couple of times, but the opportunity never seemed to present itself. And now it never will. Because we’re going to be thrown into an arena to fight to the death. Exactly how am I supposed to work in a thank-you in there? Somehow it just won’t seem sincere if I’m trying to slit his throat.
If you’ve only seen the first movie, you probably know that the people in The Hunger Games are pretty hungry (unless they’re living in the Capitol), but you might not realize just how food is specifically mentioned in the books to illustrate the difference between the impoverished people living in the many districts and the wealthy urbanites in the Capitol. In fact, there are even a few cookbooks written about these foods.
If you’re ready to go check out The Hunger Games: Catching Fire premiere this weekend, consider getting in the spirit before you hit the theater with these delicious recipes inspired by The Hunger Games. I’d like to give a special thank you to Fictional Food, which specializes in recreating recipes from popular fictional sources.
Burnt Nut Raisin Bread
Easily the most famous food mentioned in The Hunger Games is the burnt bread Peeta gives to Katniss –even the movie showed this scene. Fictional Food has a great recipe for recreating these loaves, but you might want to skip the burning step unless you really want your food to be accurate to a fault.
The day before the reaping, Katniss goes out fishing, foraging and trading, returning home to a stew of fish and greens. She adds the strawberries and bread she collected while out to the meal, which makes Fictional Food’s picture all the more authentic -and the recipe looks pretty accurate too.
Basil-Wrapped Goat Cheese
Only four pages into the first novel, Katniss’ sister, Prim, makes her a special treat for the reaping ceremony –basil wrapped goat cheese. Fictional Food’s recipe doesn’t just show you how to wrap basil around goat cheese (that would be way too easy), but also how to make your own goat cheese from scratch just like Prim.
Creamy Orange Chicken
Imagine living your whole life barely getting enough food to survive and then meeting with a stylist (Cinna) who pushes a button on a table to reveal this impressive spread. It’s no wonder Katniss immediately wonders “What it must be like, I wonder, to live in a world where food appears at the press of a button?”
While we might not be able to push a button and make our food appear, we can at least head to the store and buy all the ingredients for this luscious, creamy chicken and orange dish served with green peas and pearl onions and pudding the color of honey. In fact, the hardest thing for the chefs at Fictional Food to master was shaping the roll like a perfect flower.
Lamb Stew With Plums
In Katniss’ interview with Casear, he asks what impressed her the most since she arrived in the Capitol. When she answers “the lamb stew,” the host and audience laugh and Casear agrees that he too adores the stuff. This recipe by My Burning Kitchen adapted a Julia Child’s recipe to create this delicious-looking delight.
So what does one actually eat while playing in the Hunger Games? Whatever you can find, really. At one point, Katniss is lucky enough to snare a rabbit and one of the dead tributes still has a fire burning so she can cook it without getting caught by the others. Fictional Food copied her cooking style, by putting unseasoned rabbits on a stick over the fire and the results were surprisingly delicious so at least we know Katniss didn’t suffer too much during that meal.
If you’re looking for arena food that’s a little more complex, try this recipe for groosling soup based on the one Katniss made Peeta.
Creamy Pumpkin Brew
During her Victory Tour, Katniss is treated to some of the best delights the Capitol has to offer. One table alone features twenty or so soups, of which Katniss selects a “creamy pumpkin brew sprinkled with slivered nuts and tiny black seeds.” While there are a lot of pumpkin soup recipes out there on the net, this on by Word Up Nerd seems the most accurate and, since it uses canned pumpkin, you can make it year round -which seems pretty appropriate for Capitol food.
If you want to go all out on a Capitol-style spread, you can also serve up some frothy pink soup dotted with raspberries, like Katniss enjoys after the pumpkin soup.
Of course, not all great Hunger Games food has to actually come from the pages of the books. There’s nothing wrong with using a little creativity to make a tribute to the series –like these delightful Effie Trinket cupcakes that celebrate the character’s delightful and eccentric style.
May The Odds Be Ever In Your Flavor
If you prefer more classic dessert designs to get you in the mood for The Hunger Games, there are plenty of great cakes out there, but my personal favorite is this stunning dessert made by Cake Central user tideeboo larkilou.
I Volunteer As (Delicious) Tribute
For those who prefer cookies to cakes, it’s hard not to love the impressive collection by Life’s A Batch. This great set of cookies not only includes the ones you see above, but also a crest design for each district out there.
If you have the money, space and time, you can also try serving up a roast pig on a bed of beautiful fruits. Just try not to shoot the arrow in its mouth with a crowd of guests around because chances are you probably aren’t as good of a shot as Katniss.
While we hope your conditions never become as dire as those in The Hunger Games‘s District 12, there are plenty of lessons to be learned from Katniss. Her savvy skills and strong resourcefulness keep her family and herself alive even in the absolute worst of times. These 12 tips will keep your head in the game, save you money, and help you make the most of what you already have.
- Swap knowledge for knowledge: Katniss and Gale share each other’s secrets and expertise. She explains, “He taught me snares and fishing. I showed him what plants to eat.” You have skills that are worth sharing with someone else. Find someone who knows something you want to learn, like computer coding or baking and conduct a swap, offering them something that they would want to learn like your organizational skills.
- Turn your hobby into a moneymaker: Katniss hunts, trades, and sells her game for cash and other necessities. From writing how-to guides to making crafts, your hobby can help you bring in more cash flow.
- Pay back favors: On a desperate rainy day, Peeta saves Katniss and her family’s lives by throwing her a few loaves of barely burnt bread. She never forgets that and vows to protect Peeta’s life. If someone you know gives you a free handout, find a way to repay the favor.
- Share life’s riches: At the beginning of the book, Gale gives Katniss a delicious warm roll. She splits it between them and shares the basil-wrapped goat cheese that her sister gave her. It’s often more rewarding to share your bounty rather than hoard it for yourself.
- Remember philanthropy: Peeta and Katniss tithe Rue’s family in District 11 one month of their “salary” each year in honor of her death. When you do find yourself financially comfortable, donate to a charity or cause you believe in. Otherwise, donate your time!
- Care for your belongings: Because new clothing is scarce, Katniss’s family members properly wash and store their clothing, especially fancier dresses. Learn to take care of your clothes and practice mending holes and repairing seams. Hang your clothing up after you wear them to minimize your laundry. This will help cut down your laundry costs and will keep the clothes in better condition.
Click here to see six more survival tips.
- Cook from scratch: Katniss eats every meal at home, and her family cannot afford the luxury of even buying store-bought cookies. Anything processed, premade, or frozen will cost more than any home-cooked item you make from scratch and preserve.
- Limit your doctor’s visits: Katniss’s mom is an herbal healer, so their family never went to the doctor. While it’s not advisable to avoid the doctor altogether, you can cut down unnecessary visits like going for a cold or a virus that cannot really be treated.
- Avoid alcohol: Katniss chooses not to drink, even though it’s overflowing at the Capitol. Alcohol is expensive (especially at the bars), and it makes you inclined to spend more money on cabs and food. If you are on a budget, keep the adult drinks to a minimum.
- Walk everywhere: Before the hunger games, Katniss had never gone on a train. She had walked everywhere. Save money on transportation by walking short distances rather than driving or taking the bus.
- Savor rich experiences: Even though Katniss had a ton of rich foods at her disposal in the Capitol, she was “careful to not overdo it on the richest stuff.” Indulge in life’s luxuries like chocolate and cheese on special occasions, so you can savor them immensely.
- Use your wits and resourcefulness: The players from District One and Two have to depend on the supplies from the Cornucopia to survive, but Katniss knows how to hunt and find water on her own. Never rely on outside forces to keep you alive. Learn all the skills necessary to keep you self-sufficient and capable of making use of all the resources you have at hand.
Reading & Writing Across Media
In a previous class, we discussed Maron Cooley’s quotes which states that,”Fantasy mirrors Desire. Imagination reshapes it.” In one of my previous blog posts I discussed that fantasy can be the result of desire and that desire can be the result of a fantasy. In today’s discussion we talked about different themes of the book. Two of these themes, Survival and Sacrifice, made me think back to my blog post about Maron Cooley’s quote and the correlation between fantasy and desire. This made me question whether Survival stems from sacrifice or whether sacrifice stems from survival?
In The Hunger Games, there are several instances in which sacrifices are being made. One example is when Katniss takes Prim’s place in the reaping and places herself in harm’s way. Another example is when Peeta slips Katniss a burnt loaf of bread because she was starving and he was beaten by his mother. Peeta’s sacrifice allowed Katniss to survive as well as Katniss’s selfless actions allowed Prim to be saved from the reaping. These examples support the idea that someone’s ability to survive is the direct result from another person’s sacrifice.
On the other hand, there are several incidences in which sacrifice is created from survival. One example of this belief in the book The Hunger Games is at the end of the hunger games when Peeta and Katniss are the only two tributes left. Both individuals survived through tortuous games with the game makers as well as with the other 22 tributes. Believing that they won and both would be able to survive, they are quick to hope for the best. But as it happens, the game makers quickly announce that there is only one winner, thus Katniss or Peeta must die. They decide that they would sacrifice themselves and eat poisonous berries in order to rebel against the Capitol. Thus, by surviving the hunger games, they commit an act of sacrifice.
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Very interesting oberservations you have here. I also agree that sacrifice and survival are linked. To look at it another way, when you are trying to survive there are sacrifices you have to make for yourself. Katniss needed to survive in the hunger games, so at night she sacrficed comfort for safety by sleeping akwardly in a tree instead of on the ground. She also may have sacrificed a future relationship with Gale by playing off the love between her and Petta. She knew this game romance could help her win, but in the end she had to sacrifice a possible future relationship with Gale.
I really like this analysis of survival and sacrifice. I think the argument for sacrificing in order to survive is much stronger than the other way around. I remember the story of a man a few years ago who got his arm trapped in a rock while climbing and in order to survive he cut it off. I think that ultimately we will make many sacrifices in order to survive, or in the case of Katniss, so others we love can survive.
Some of you may have been dismayed with the huge amount of jewelry listings (more than 2.5 million on January 6) on Etsy I wrote about in A Day of Jewelry Selling on Etsy. But you needn’t be. There is a way to get into a smaller niche with much less competition. Just tap into your other passions.
For this handpicked group of jewelry savvy Etsy artisans, their passion is The Hunger Games, the first of 3 best selling young adult books by Suzanne Collins. The widely anticipated film is scheduled for general release on March 23, 2012.
The story is set in the future in a post-apocalyptic North America where the oppressive Capitol forces each of the 12 districts to select by lottery and send a boy and girl to the annual televised games where only one victor remains alive. The heroine, 16 year old Katniss, volunteers to replace her younger sister Primrose. Peeta is the boy picked from the same district. A baker’s son, he once gave bread to Katniss’ starving family. This story with a strong female lead, action and a love triangle thread will surely “eclipse” the Twilight series.
Building on their individual strengths and favored techniques, each of these jewelry artisans surely made jewelry to gladden the hearts of Hunger Games fans.
The Hunger Games inspired charm bracelet shown above is by Imprinter Gifts. It celebrates many of the details from the story such as Katniss’s bow and arrow, nightlock berries, Peeta’s pearl and cake and so on.
Cinsational Baubles has this charming pearl in a locket design. It was inspired by the pearl Peeta gave Katniss on a beach.
Pretty Little Charms UK came up with the Katniss and Peeta earrings. This design really does play on the book source and not just the movie.
This vintage scrabble tile pendant by Shimmery Stuff rallies Team Gale – fans of Katniss’ other suitor.
This hand stamped oxidized brass bracelet by Curious Kumquat takes a much loved quote from the book. The mockingjay is also significant in the story and cleverly acts part of a toggle clasp.
I also like this simple yet highly effective charm bracelet design using glass letters and pearls. It is by The Moments Boutique.
Totally different is the gorgeous Girl on Fire transparent resin graphic bracelet by Buy My Crap.
This steampunk ring by The Forks Forest is also Hunger Games inspired with the use of the fire red crystal and a metal bird to represent the mockingjay.
Here is the film’s trailer to watch if you are not familiar with the Hunger Games.
A review of “The Boy with the Bread: Hearty Raisin Nut Bread” and “Clover-Mint Tea” from The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook.
The Boy with the Bread: Hearty Raisin Nut Bread
“When I dropped them on the table, Prim’s hands reached to tear off a chunk, but I made her sit, forced my mother to join us at the table, and poured warm tea. I scraped off the black stuff and sliced the bread. We ate an entire loaf, slice by slice. It was good hearty bread, filled with raisins and nuts.” – The Hunger Games, Chapter 2
OF COURSE I was going to make the life-saving bread from Peeta’s bakery. You didn’t think I’d forget, did you?
As with pretty much all bread, I had to start the process early in the day.
First the yeast is dissolved in warm water, and then the rest of the ingredients are added and mixed until thoroughly combined.
The dough is kneaded for about 10 minutes, until you are 100% confident that your hands are definitely going to fall of this time, and then it sits in a greased bowl to rise for an hour.
Next step is to add in the raisins and walnuts, knead some more, and then divide the loaf in half. Each half was put into a loaf pan (although in my case I didn’t have two loaf pans, so one half was just formed into a ball and put on a regular baking sheet).
Then they were left alone to rise for another hour.
Finally I fired up the oven and popped in the loafs.
Technically I was supposed to brush the tops of each loaf with egg whites mixed with water, but I completely forgot that step.
No matter, though! The bread was still great! I should have taken the loafs out about 5-10 minutes early than called for though, as they were slightly burned on the bottom and little too dark on the top.
The raisins and walnuts are really nice in this bread, and I liked that the recipe called for wheat flour in addition to regular all-purpose flour. It certainly made the bread seem more “hearty.”
Maybe brushing the egg whites on top would make a difference, or maybe it’s because the loaves were slightly overcooked, but despite enjoying the bread it didn’t end up being a favorite.
This is not the most complicated bread I’ve made, but it’s not the easiest, either.
In addition to the raisins, walnuts, and yeast, you may need to also purchase whole wheat flour or honey. Most other items you will probably already have: milk, butter, all-purpose flour, cinnamon, sugar, eggs.
Keep an eye on the bread loaves while they cook, and be prepared to take them out early if needed.
“For three days, we’d had nothing but boiled water with some old dried mint leaves I’d found in the back of a cupboard.” – The Hunger Games, Chapter 2
Apparently the author of the cookbook took some creative license here and decided to add clover flowers to the tea, instead of just mint leaves. They also decided to chill this tea instead of serving hot, as Katniss likely would have drank it.
Also, now that I’m copying down the direct quote from the book, I’m noticing that I really didn’t need to use “fresh mint leaves” like they called for, since Katniss didn’t.
I wasn’t able to find fresh red clover flowers anywhere, so I ordered dried clover flowers off of amazon. Of course it did not arrive looking like it did on the amazon post, so instead of getting whole dried flowers I ended up with crushed dried flowers and leaves.
No matter, though – they should taste the same!
So I put the dried clover flowers/leaves into a tea infuser, and then put the infuser and some fresh mint leaves into a container. I used a Pyrex glass measuring cup that I could use to both measure with and easily pour from later, but pretty much any heat-tolerant container would work.
Then the hot water was poured over top and the leaves steeped for 10 minutes.
Finally, I took out the leaves and put the tea into the fridge until it was cold.
Despite my frustration with some major deviations from the book on this one, the resulting iced tea is something we will definitely be making again.
It was very good!
This tea was really, really good! I mostly tasted the mint more than anything else. It’s very light and refreshing.
All that’s involved is boiling water and plucking leaves off stems.
I did spend a larger up-front cost on those dried clover flowers/leaves, but I can now make this recipe about 30 more times with the amount I bought. Only other cost is mint leaves. So overall, this is really not that expensive a recipe as long as you’re going to use all of the clover flowers in the end.
- 3½ c. unbleached all purpose flour
- 4 tsp. granulated sugar
- 1¼ tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. active dry yeast
- 1¼ tsp. + 2 Tbsp. cinnamon
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 4 Tbsp. melted butter, divided
- ½ c. buttermilk at room temperature
- ¾ c. water, at room temperature
- 1½ c. raisins, rinsed and drained
- 1 c. chopped walnuts
- ½ c. granulated sugar
Stir together the flour, sugar, salt, yeast, and 1¼ tsp. cinnamon in a mixing bowl (or in the bowl of an electric mixer). Add the egg, 2 Tbsp. melted butter, buttermilk, and water. Stir together with a large spoon (or mix on low speed with the paddle attachment) until the ingredients come together and form a ball. Add more flour or water if the dough seems too sticky or too dry.
Sprinkle flour on a counter, transfer the dough to the counter, and begin kneading (or mixing on medium speed, switching to the dough hook). The dough should be soft and pliable, tacky but not sticky. Add flour as you knead (or mix), if necessary, to achieve this texture. Knead by hand for approximately 10 minutes (or by machine for 6 to 8 minutes). Sprinkle in the raisins and walnuts during the final 2 minutes of kneading (or mixing) to distribute them evenly and to avoid crushing them too much. (If you are mixing by machine, you may have to finish kneading by hand to distribute the raisins and walnuts evenly.)
Lightly oil a large bowl and transfer the dough to the bowl, rolling it to coat it with oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap.
Let the dough rise at room temperature for approximately 2 hours, or until doubled in size.
Divide the dough into 2 equal pieces and form them into loaves. Place each loaf in a lightly oiled 8½ by 4½-inch pan and cover loosely with plastic wrap.
Let rise at room temperature for 60 to 90 minutes, or until the dough crests above the lips of the pans and is nearly doubled in size.
Bake at 350 for 40 – 50 minutes. The finished loaves should be golden brown on top and lightly golden on the sides and bottom. They should make a hollow sound when thumped on the bottom.
Immediately remove the loaves from their pans. Mix together the granulated sugar and 2 Tbsp. ground cinnamon for the topping in a shallow plate. Brush the tops of the loaves with melted butter as soon as they come out of the bread pans, and then roll them in the cinnamon sugar. Cool loaves on a rack for at least 1 hour before slicing.
This is the bread that Peeta burns and then tosses to Katniss out in the rain. Bake as directed here, or burn it in a few spots for authenticity.
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The Hunger Games: Peeta’s Raisin and Nut Bread
By the time I reached home, the loaves had cooled some- what, but the insides were still warm. When I dropped them on the table, Prim’s hands reached to tear off a chunk, but I made her sit, forced my mother to join us at the table, and poured warm tea. I scraped off the black stuff and sliced the bread. We ate an entire loaf, slice by slice. It was good hearty bread, filled with raisins and nuts.
THE HUNGER GAMES
The Hunger Games: Peeta’s Raisin and Nut Bread
- .5oz / 15g – yeast
- 1 cup / 8oz / 227g – water
- 6oz / 180g – sourdough starter
- 1 pound / 480g – bread flour
- .5oz / 15g – salt
- 1 cup – walnuts, roughly chopped
- ½ cup – raisins
- Warm 2oz of the water to 110F. Mix in the yeast and set aside for 10 minutes.
- In a mixing bowl fitted with a dough hook, combine the rest of the water, starter, and 10oz of the bread flour, Mix until the mixture comes together forming a soft dough.
- Add the salt and the remaining flour. Knead the dough on medium high speed until the dough is smooth and elastic. Check the dough for gluten development with the window pane method. If the dough doesn’t tare, it’s ready for the next step. If not, knead for a few more minutes.
- Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead in the chopped nuts and raisins. Transfer to a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Place the dough in a warm area for one hour or until doubled in size.
- Gently punch the dough down and turn it onto a lightly floured surface. Shape the dough into what shape your prefer. For the loaf, flatten the dough into a rectangle and fold the top third of the dough down towards the center. Fold the bottom third to the center as well. Tuck the end of dough on the right in. Roll the top of down towards the work surface closest to you. This will create a new seam. Pinch the dough together to seal the seam.
- Proof the bread with the seam side up. Be sure to generously flour your bread basket or sheet pan to prevent any sticking.
- Preheat the oven to 500F. Place a large dutch oven in the oven to heat along with the oven. When the oven is hot, quickly remove the cast iron form the oven and carefully tip the bread into the cast iron. Make sure the seam is on the bottom.
- Score the top of the bread with a sharp knife or lame. Place the lid back on and place it back into the oven. Bake for 15 minutes and remove the lid of the dutch oven. Bake for another 20 minutes until the loaf is golden brown.
- To determine if the bread is cooked, it should have a nice golden crust and it should hollow when tapped on the bottom. Allow the loaf to cool completely before slicing.
- To make it just like Peeta’s loaf for Katniss, burn one end with a torch until you achieve the desired effect.
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Haymitch Abernathy, the last person from District 12 to win the Hunger Games, is Katniss and Peeta’s mentor for the games. He is the town drunk and the person they must rely on for help during the games.
A drunk Haymitch has thrown-up on himself, so Peeta gives him a shower to clean him up. Peeta is a nice guy, who is willing to help anyone who needs it. This is Katniss’ reasoning for Peeta helping Haymitch and giving her the bread five years ago.
The next morning Effie Trinket wakes Katniss up and tells her to get ready for her big day. Today is the day she and the other tributes will be presented to the public in the Capitol.
During breakfast Peeta and Katniss ask Haymitch for advice on how to survive the Games. He tells them to not die and Peeta, upset with this counsel, knocks over Haymitch’s glass of spiked juice, which earns him a punch in the jaw. Katniss reacts by stabbing her knife between Haymitch’s fingers, as he reaches for more alcohol. It is then Haymitch decides the two might make decent fighters.
Peeta waves to the crowds awaiting them at the train station in the Capitol. He tells Katniss one of the onlookers might be rich. It is in this moment she realizes Peeta is not as nice as she thought and he will kill her if possible, because he is going to try to survive the Games.
Katniss is put into the hands of stylist Cinna, who has a unique idea for how she will dress for the opening ceremony. Each tribute is dressed to represent the main industry of their district, since coal is the mainstay of District 12, Katniss expects to wear some sort of mining uniform. Cinna has another idea, he wants to focus on what coal provides, which is fire. He proposes she will wear fire and Peeta will be dressed to match her.
They are dressed in black unitards with capes and headpieces. The capes and headpieces will be lit on fire using a synthetic flame. Katniss and Peeta are skeptical about this decision, because they fear they will be burned. They are put on their horse drawn chariot and then at the last moment Cinna sets the capes and headdress on fire, which tingles, but does not burn them. The effect is stunning, causing the crowd to go wild with approval. They are calling out Katniss and Peeta’s names as they ride the route holding hands and the attention gives them hope of finding a sponsor, to provide supplies for the Games. Katniss reminds herself not to like Peeta, because she knows it is part of his plan. He thinks it will be harder for her to kill him, if she likes him.
Peeta and Katniss have been assigned a floor in the Training Center, which will be their home/prison until the Games begin. At dinner that evening with Effie, Haymitch, Cinna and Portia, Peeta’s stylist, are served by a girl who Katniss has seen before.
The girl, who is an Avox, a person who has had their tongue cut out for committing a crime, is known to Katniss, and causes her distress. The girl and her friend, a young man, were seen in the forest by Katniss and Gale. The pair seemed to be on the run from the authorities, who caught up with them. Gale and Katniss could have helped save them, but they hid because of the fear of being caught in the woods. The young man was killed and the girl had her tongue cut out, then she was forced into servitude.
After deliberating the pros and cons of confiding this information to Peeta, Katniss tells him her story. She did this because he covered for her at dinner, when she made the mistake of telling the others she recognized the girl.
Katniss realizes Peeta can lie easily, after witnessing him lying for her to the others. She files this bit of information away in her mind, to remind herself all he says to her may not be true.
The shame Katniss feels for not helping the girl permeates even her sleep. She manages to dress in the clothes chosen for her and makes her way to the dining room for breakfast. Haymitch meets her and Peeta to discuss their training. He tells them to focus on the skills they are weakest at and not to go near the training areas which feature their strengths. Katniss is strong in archery and Peeta is strong in weight lifting. Haymitch also tells them they are never to leave each other’s side during the training sessions. The other tributes will be training alone, so this will set them apart from them in the eyes of the Gamemakers. These are the people who watch every training session and with whom they will have a private session at the end of the training period. The private session is when they are to show off the areas they are most skilled at.
It is difficult for Katniss to pretend she is friendly with Peeta. He, during their talk with Haymitch, said “She has no idea. The effect she can have.” Katniss took this as an effort to demean her. She also found out Peeta’s mother told him she expected Katniss to win the Games, not him.
During her private session with the Gamemakers, Katniss at first isn’t as effective with the unfamiliar bow as she wishes to be, but after some practice she is back to her old self. She is upset they aren’t paying attention to her, so she shoots an arrow straight at them hitting the apple in a roast pig’s mouth. This got their undivided attention.
Katniss and Peeta make a blazing entrance to the opening ceremonies, which earns them the approval of the crowd. Katniss doesn’t know whether Peeta is her friend or trying to make it hard for her to kill him.