There was really only one food scene in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (I mean, people were drinking and assumedly eating at Moz’ place, but we didn’t see anything closely) and it was of dear Rey rehydrating her measly rations, obtained by trading the few items she was able to salvage in the heat and sands of Jakku. We see her tear open the ration packet and empty the powder into a wooden bowl of water, and then it instantly bubbles up and forms into a round loaf of green bread. She tears into it along with something else that in one shot looks like seaweed (whenever the blu ray come out, I’m totally going to freeze frame it). It probably didn’t taste very good, or maybe it didn’t even taste like anything. Poor Rey. This breaks my heart because food is more than for survival, but that’s all she knew it for, and had no pleasure in it. I shake my fist at you ( ≖᷆︵︣≖)ᕗ, mysterious parents (or parent), who abandoned her to a life without good (enjoyable) food and at least the occasional home-cooked meal.
To make this bread I thought first of green, and then what would be nutritional (I did not want to use food coloring). Spinach came to mind, but also seaweed (because of whatever other food she was eating) and kale too. Really you just need to make a green puree and you can use various leafy greens for that; veggie and/or herb alike (like, basil would be delicious). Use what suits you! In my version I did include a few sheets of seaweed, but I omitted it from the recipe below just to keep it more straightforward.
Jakku Ration Bread
- 5 oz. Fresh Spinach
- 1/2 Cup Warm Water
- 2 tsp. Active Dry Yeast
- 1/2 tsp. Sugar
- 3 Cups All Purpose Flour
- 2 tsp. Salt
- 1 Tbsp. Butter, Melted
Bring enough water to cover the spinach to a rapid boil & then put the spinach in. When the water comes back to a boil remove the pot from the heat & drain the spinach & rinse it under cold water. Put the leaves in a food processor & puree it. You should have about 3/4 Cup or so of spinach.
In a large mixing bowl, stir together the 1/2 cup warm water, sugar, & yeast & let it sit for about 10 minutes to get foamy. Add the butter, salt, spinach puree, & 1 cup of the flour & mix on low, & then medium. Add the rest of the flour a little at a time until incorporated & then switch to the dough hook & knead it for about 5 minutes, until dough balls up around the hook. Remove the dough & form it into a ball. Lightly coat the dough with oil & then put it back in the mixing bowl & cover with a damp towel to rise for about 1 1/2 – 2 hours.
Grease your baking dishes (you can use a bread loaf pan, or if you have round baking dishes like large ramekins, that’d be great as the bread in the film was round). Punch the dough down & separate it evenly if you’re using more than one dish. Cover the dishes with the damp towel & let rise for another 45 minutes. If you’d like, brush the tops with melted butter & sprinkle with salt.
Heat your oven to 400ºF. Place a casserole dish of water on the bottom rack & then place the bread pans/dishes on the middle rack. Bake for about 40-45 minutes & then remove to cool slightly. Best served fresh & warm!