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When I was at school in my teens I was quite unusual for the time as I was totally addicted to healthy eating and to whole foods in general. I was quite a mystery to my parents who having been brought up in the heart of Lancashire loved nothing more than a hearty pie. They certainly wouldn't have bought any of my weird foods, so on my way home from school I passed a deli each evening where I would purchase a loaf of stone-ground wholemeal bread. The shop would carefully wrap the little domed beauty in tissue paper twisted at the edges and I would walk home with my little present.
Mum thought it was an alien and left me to it!
All these years later I have found the same dense texture, the same heavy loaf and it evokes childhood memories like nothing else. Doves Farm wholemeal bread from Waitrose is organic and is made from the ingredients which you would use in your kitchen; wholemeal flour, yeast, sunflower oil, sea salt and honey and nothing else. It is made by craftsmen who use traditional methods such as kneading and proving to ensure the result is as good as it can be, and all the producers of the ingredients are inspected regularly to make sure they are working to the rules of organic farming.
The packaging they use now is slightly different to the Dooyoo photo as the current loaf comes in a white bag with a dove logo on the top.This gives the impression of a pure product which this is.The loaf is 800g so plenty to feed the family.
The first thing you notice is the weight. I wouldn't recommend you swim after this as it is as heavy as lead in fact my husband was a bit put off eating it last Sunday for breakfast as he thought it was going to be stale. It was however anything but. It cuts beautifully and is a moist loaf which fills you up really quickly so you don't need to eat half a loaf to be satisfied. There are no added flour treatments, dough conditioners or chemical preservatives or additives, this loaf is as good as it gets.
Doves Farm are a company who I have used for many years buying their flour and baking ingredients and now they have branched out into bread production which seems a natural progression to me. They have been in business since 1978. A family concern employing over 60 people the company have a special interest in Fair- trade as well as being totally organic.
The loaf can be frozen for up to 3 months so this is a bonus if you like to have some in store. It will keep fresh for about 4 days so better to try and buy it as fresh as you can because without preservatives it will not keep for ever especially in the summer. I wouldn't put it in the fridge because it will make it dry out too quickly. I use those cloth bags which are lined in plastic as these keep loaves really fresh as they have a zip up top. I buy mine from www.lakelandlimited.co.uk.
I like to slice it and eat with a healthy jam -something like the spread made by Meridian which is all fruit. It is really beautiful with Nutella as well and of course it makes a great bread to serve with a hearty vegetable soup.
Priced at £1.49 this bread isn't cheap but I reckon you only eat half as much as it really is sustaining. I do however recommend you drink a lot with it especially if you are not used to so much fibre as this really is the rustic bread of the Stone Age.
I love making my own bread. The smell in the kitchen, the wonderful taste and flavour and the way it evokes that home again feeling. For the times when you want to still have that feeling but have no time or urge to bake this bread is perfect.