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National 'Real Bread' Week

Posted 10/5/2017

Home-made boule #realbreadweek

 

I can’t believe we’re halfway through National Real Bread Week and I’ve only eaten one slice so far, and it was slice from the freezer at that! Well that certainly had to be remedied, a trusty Boule would soon fix that…

 

What is the real bread campaign all about? Never heard of it? OK, neither had I, but I really love bread so I wanted in! I’m pretty sure the bread I’ve eaten in the past has all been real. I mean I don’t think it was imaginary, although I do have a pretty active imagination, it might have been a hologram since some scientists say that the universe itself is a hologram but perhaps let’s not get into that… that's definitely one for the camp fire.

#RealBreadWeek is a way to celebrate all of the small bakeries and home-bakers efforts, and the incredible creations that can emerge from those ovens - far surpassing the masses of square sad things wrapped in plastic on supermarket shelves. I realise that the square stuff has proved itself to be reliable, the ducks seem to like it (though it’s not so good for them!) and yes it fits well into lunch boxes and toasters and it’s EXTREMELY cheap, but that’s kind of the problem. Let’s face it, us Brits are often guilty of being a bit boring aren’t we? Excitement demands a change in routine, a different flavour to dance upon the tongue today, it needs us to take a detour to that quirky little bakery down the road, to point at the weirdly spectacular looking loaf in the window display and say ‘I think I’ll try that one this week!’

Yes something as basic as bread can be, no should be, exciting! It can be lovingly crafted into all manner of shapes and flavours, and is still something of a miracle process in my eyes. It’s also an easy way I choose to supplement my diet with a healthy variety of wholesome seeds I wouldn’t otherwise eat.

If you bake it yourself there’s always a sense of excitement and anticipation when you put it in the oven;

My lovely boule, risen and ready for the oven...My lovely boule, risen and ready for the oven...and it's most definitely there when you take it out!

my lovely boule straight from the oven!my lovely boule straight from the oven!There’s also something else that’s not included in a bag from the store, and that’s the immense sense of empowerment. Seriously, when you cut into to that loaf of yours to reveal a tender crumb - wait here's another picture!

#RealBreadWeek- no matter how lop-sided it might look, and when you get to chomp into real bread – YOUR real bread that you crafted with your own clumsy hands – how great is that moment? If you can do that, if I can, what else are we capable of?

It’s not just the excitement that has me as a fan of ‘real bread’, but the quality of ingredients. I don’t believe that anything other than wheat, fat, salt, yeast (and a dash of sugar/honey to feed it) is necessary. Real bread doesn’t contain rubber polymers, preservatives, stabilisers or emulsifiers. If you want more ways to preserve and make the most of your real bread at home before the blue dots take over, check out our homesteading section for some helpful tips on that. Trust me, I don’t throw bread out! ;)

So are you ready to take your love of bread to the next level? By all means, for the uber-busy folk out there, buy it if you have to – though perhaps support a local proper baker, and your health and high street in the process. I do however, urge each and every one of you to bake a loaf yourself! One more picture? The reward that makes all the kneading worthwhile...The reward that makes all the kneading worthwhile...

Check out our simple recipes for a basic crusty loaf, soft rolls, and even a cheat no-yeast soda bread.

 

Don’t forget to share your bready creations or acquisitions with us in the comments below or on The Waki Way facebook page – we’d love to hear from you!

 

Wait, what about gluten-intolerance? These days there are almost as many gluten-free home baking bread recipes as there are regular, and that’s also exciting – so if you are a Gluten-free individual feel free to share your favourites with us as well!


Sarah is a UK artist and writer with a lifetime interest in camping and survival techniques.

Living the #vanlife since before it was a hashtag and touring on two wheels with her husband Ryan, they have a wealth of camping and motorcycling knowledge to share, and know a thing or two about packing light! read more


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