Since arriving in the States, there one culinary delight that I’ve missed more than any other; more than a good cup of tea (although that’s come close), more than a breakfast cereal that isn’t coated in a 2 inch thick layer of sugar (although again I’ve considered bringing a suitcase of Alpen back with me), and even more than Cadbury’s chocolate which they seem to butcher with some kind of anti melting agent that makes it taste like plastic and gives it the texture of rubbery cheese.
The thing I’ve missed most is that wholesome staple that us Brits eat with everything, even though I hadn’t realised my reliance on it to date. It’s bread. Soft, light, fresh, thickly sliced, perfect toasted with a bit of jam or butter, and readily available from any supermarket or corner shop.
Here, they don’t get it. Much like many other American food it seems, bread is processed to the max. Filled with extra sugar, salt, additives and whatever other flavour enhancers they can find to make it taste like something you wouldn’t feed your neighbour’s cat.
So, after trying many different types and finding the only decent bread options are $5 a loaf (about £3.50) and even then you’re limited to a passable french stick… I decided to make my own.
As I believe I’ve mentioned in previous posts I am no culinary genius, so when I came across Nigella Lawson’s Lazy Loaf recipe I knew it was made for me.
It really is so simple to make. Granted it took me a while to find yeast in the supermarket (it can either be in the dried baking goods section or some supermarkets keep it refrigerated. Any issues, just ask, they always have it somewhere.) but otherwise prep was easy.
When it comes to making the bread, its a simple case of chuck in all of the ingredients and stir. I didn’t have semi skimmed milk so I substituted for almond milk but other than that it was as easy as pie. And I didn’t have scales so there was some further improvisation on my part!
The bread came out a little moister in the middle than my husband would have liked, but I loved it! It’s not British bread, but it’s a huge improvement on the U.S. options. I think it tastes a bit like soda bread and is lovely with a nice dollop of strawberry jam.
I’ll certainly be making it again! Enjoy bread lovers!!