It’s a simple thing, but it gives me pleasure.
What you see up there is not a sliced loaf. Well .. it IS a sliced loaf, but not an automatically sliced load. I sliced it all by myself, by hand.
There aren’t many breads I can tolerate these days, because I seem to have a problem with commercial yeast. I’ve been buying long-fermentation loaves on the basis that they need a lot less yeast and some of the structure of the wheat will be broken down in the process and they’re much more digestible. Up there is a loaf of Cranks’ wholemeal, long-fermentation bread. It comes unsliced, but I slice it because I don’t eat much at a time and I can freeze and thaw it easier that way.
Why does it give me pleasure? Well, one of the enduring memories I have of my mother is of her slicing a ‘long tin’ (her favourite loaf shape) for our tea with an old-fashioned bread knife, and hearing the rhythmic saw-saw-saw-saw-saw of the blade as it cut through the crust, and watching the slices falling evenly on to the breadboard. Yep, it took about five ‘saws’ for my Mum to sever a slice, and she was just so good at it, I used to stand watching her with my nose just level with the work surface and wonder if I would ever be able to slice bread so perfectly like that.
And look! I can!
I’m not very good at baking bread. i do my own soda bread sometimes, but it’s not really like real bread. And of course, I’m going to be attempting sourdough some time very soon. Just as soon as I can get hold of some rye flour, which is proving a tad difficult. I’m going to have to go into town and find a health food shop.
Meanwhile, I’m slicin’. Just like my dear old Mum.
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