Around five years ago I started my sourdough adventure and since then I have baked various forms of bread regularly. I even made a little business out of it which I bring out of hibernation when time permits.
Over the years we have continued to buy bread. As a family we eat a combination of homemade and store bought, depending on what is happening in our lives at the time.
In the last few months the amount of homemade bread we are consuming has almost surpassed the store bought. The homemade bread in the freezer is starting to compete for space with the bought loaves. Just this week we have enjoyed a combination of homemade white loaves, fruit loaves, focaccia and pita bread; all made using sourdough.
My children now ask for the homemade bread first. They are not asking for it in a pretentious way, they just like it and are accustomed to eating it.
There will always be a place for store bought bread. There are times on the farm when a standard, square sandwich is required for emergencies, extra workers and unexpected visitors and it pays to be prepared. Nevertheless, bringing together flour, water and salt to make nourishing bread is becoming part of the natural rhythm in our home.
I feel a quiet sense of achievement in reaching our current state of bread independence and happily it is one more thing that we don’t have to rely on the supermarket to supply.
Do you buy or bake or both?
I know many of you out there bake a lot of bread…happy baking to you! What are you baking this weekend?