I often find that store-bought bread is a disappointment. Unless you have an artisan bakery delivering high top loaves, it is never easy to take the bread a little different, and even if you find the ideal bread you might be stale by the time you could serve up meals planned.
So what is the solution to this problem? The answer is simple, start designing your own bread and create your own personal recipe book!
If this seems a daunting task, do not panic. The bread is essentially a simple subject, once you have mastered some basic techniques. The whole trick to this process is to treat bread as a blank sheet of paper, which you will paint with additional materials and techniques.
A good white bread, with perhaps some pumpkin seeds, add texture throughout. A strong, crisp, dark crust flakes as you cut and bite into it.
Finish by rubbing a generous butter, and there you have it. Creating basic white bread dough, working on some pumpkin seeds before or after the first proof, shape into a big mistake or a baguette shape, maybe add a little black pepper and some coarse salt crystals up.
Or maybe you prefer the lamb stew beef? We were lucky in the UK to have access to some of the best in the world moorland sheep. And what goes better with the sheep of rosemary or thyme? Add a few leaves of chopped and crushed with the dough instead of pumpkin seeds, and the job is done.