Try This: Make Portion Bread
May the Fourth Be With You! We’re turning to kitchen science today to make a tasty treat — you don’t even have to travel all the way to Jakku! Make your own portion bread by scavenging things in your own kitchen, just like Rey!
Here’s what you need:
- A microwave-safe mug
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp butter
- ¼ cup flour, We used a baking rice flour, but you can use all purpose flour, almond flour, etc.
- 1 ½ tbsp sugar
- ¼ tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp heavy whipping cream or milk
- A pinch of salt
- Green food coloring - or yellow and blue to make green!
- A fork
- A microwave oven
Here’s what to do:
1. Put the butter in a microwave-safe mug. Microwave for about 30 seconds or until melted. Swirl the butter around the insides of the mug.
2. Crack the egg into the mug and beat it with a fork.
3. Add the rest of your ingredients — flour, sugar, vanilla extract, baking powder, whipping cream salt, food coloring, and mix thoroughly.
4. Remove the fork, and microwave for about 1 minute.
5. Let the portion bread rest and cool for another minute.
6. Remove from the mug and enjoy!
In the matter of a few minutes, many ingredients became one sweet portion bread treat. Maybe it didn’t happen exactly like it did in the movie, but hopefully it did rise!
In order to make your treat you needed a microwave oven and a few ingredients. Among the ingredients was baking powder, which contains sodium bicarbonate, along with an acid, and cornstarch. The cornstarch helps keep this mix stable, but the heat of the microwave oven changes that. A chemical reaction results as the sodium bicarbonate, often called baking soda, and acid create bubbles. The flour helps provide structure. The egg, specifically the yolk, works as an emulsifier allowing for the liquids and the fats to blend well. Other ingredients help with flavor and appearance.
The real unsung hero of this culinary concoction might be the microwave oven itself. Sitting quietly like the Millennium Falcon, the microwave does the heavy lifting — or in this case the super fast cooking. Inside the microwave is a device called the magnetron which converts electricity into microwaves that penetrate the rotating food. The water molecules inside the food are excited by the energy from the microwave. This heats the food. It’s important that the food is rotating inside the microwave oven. The magnetron generates a wave pattern with waves that are about 12 centimeters long. If the food inside that pattern didn’t rotate, you could end up with very unevenly cooked food.
Now that you’ve tried this recipe, experiment with the ingredients to your personal tastes. Maybe it will work out. Maybe it won’t, but as a wise man once said, “Never tell me the odds.” If you make portion bread, show us with #SMOatHome!